You're on a dream vacation, exploring exotic destinations, savoring local cuisine, and making unforgettable memories. The last thing you want to think about is your dental health. But be it at home or abroad, your oral hygiene is always important. Not to mention that an unexpected dental emergency can quickly complicate your trip.
That's why every traveler needs a dental toolkit. We are here to help you assemble the ultimate travel kit to keep your smile picture-perfect through all your adventures.
Start with the Basics
The foundation of any travel dental toolkit begins with the basics. You already know what these are, but it is a good idea to create a checklist before your trip and make sure you pack each item.
Your toothbrush is at the very top of the list. You should always choose a soft-bristled brush that is gentle on enamel. When you pack, make sure that you have a spare at home just in case you leave it behind.
Travel Toothbrush Cover
Prevent your toothbrush from coming into contact with other items in your bag by using a toothbrush cover. If you're in a pinch, a small plastic snack bag works, too. This is a step you don't want to skip since the last thing you want on your trip is a dirty toothbrush.
Just remember, toothbrush covers can create a moist environment that promotes bacterial and fungal growth. Only use a cover while in transit, and try to make sure your toothbrush is dry when you place the cover on it.
Most people don't want to lug around a full-sized toothpaste. Invest in a smaller tube of your favorite toothpaste or consider travel-sized options available in most drugstores. Just be sure you have enough for your entire trip (and for all of your travel companions), as it is easy to overestimate how long those little tubes will last.
Vacation isn't an excuse to fall off your flossing routine. Dental floss is crucial to maintain oral hygiene, even when you're on the road. You can find portable floss picks or floss in small containers that are easy to carry.
Travel-sized mouthwash can help freshen your breath and kill harmful bacteria.
If you have a lengthy flight or multiple layovers, consider tossing a few disposable toothbrushes in your carry-on. These handy little devices combine a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss pick into one compact gadget you can throw away. While these do not replace your regular toothbrush for the duration of your trip, they are a convenient option when you are traveling for a long time and in need of a refresh.
Things to Consider
When choosing your travel products, here are some considerations to keep in mind.
Think Portable and Compact
Space is precious when traveling, so choose products that are compact and easy to carry. Consider collapsible toothbrushes, mini dental floss dispensers, and travel-sized mouthwash containers. These items will take up minimal space in your luggage and ensure you have room for other essentials.
Just be sure to think about how long your trip is going to be. Jetting away for the weekend? Travel-size products should be plenty. Going for a month-long extended stay? Consider going full-sized.
What About a Dental Emergency Kit?
A small dental emergency kit might not be a bad idea, especially if you are traveling for more than a couple of days or to a distant location. You never know when a dental emergency might strike.
Include Pain Relief
Pack over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with dental (or any other) discomfort before you are able to seek professional care. Remember to follow the recommended dosage instructions.
Oral Anesthetic Gel
An oral anesthetic gel can help numb sore spots or ulcers in your mouth temporarily. If you need it, you'll be glad you packed it.
Emergency Contact Information
Always carry a list of your medical providers, just in case you need to reach out for advice while away. It is also a good idea to research medical care options in the area you will be traveling to beforehand.
Protect Your Smile When Traveling
We hope that by following these tips, you can maintain excellent oral hygiene and be prepared for any dental situation that comes along while away from home. If you have any concerns about your oral health or need personalized advice about your dental health while traveling, don't hesitate to contact our office today.