Prepare your Teeth for Travel

July 24, 2014

Vacations are one of the most fun parts of the summer. Whether you’re travelling locally to bask in the beauty of Mount St. Helen’s, or flying to a more tropical destination, your vacation should be a time filled with relaxation and memorable experiences. We all know it’s important to be organized before a big trip, but are your teeth prepared? After you pack your swimsuit and sunblock, read our traveling teeth checklist.

  • Visit your dentist! Has it been over 6 months since you visited your dentist for a check-up? If your answer is “Yes”, get an appointment before you hit the road. It’s a lot easier to take care of a small cavity or tooth sensitivity at home than on vacation.
  • Pack a dental travel kit. A toothbrush is essential, but there are other dental items that you should pack too. First, make sure you pack your toothbrush. Remember, not all destinations have a 24-hour store on every corner. Other important items include toothpaste, floss, lip balm and a dental first aid kit just in case a filling or crown comes out.
  • Eat ice with caution. While ice isn’t as harmful as candy, crunching on it can easily damage enamel or chip a tooth. Cut the crunching and enjoy ice in its liquid form.

Happy Vacation! Now you’re ready to relax without worry! What trips do you have planned for the rest of the summer?