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    How to look after your teeth when you travel

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    Your holiday is booked and you’ve packed all the essentials: passport, itinerary, and the bestselling novel you keep meaning to read. Now’s also the perfect time to think about your teeth. Knowing how to look after your teeth when you travel will help keep your breath fresh, avoid unexpected surprises and keep up all the great habits you’ve worked hard to develop at home.

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    Get your travel kit ready

    Before you take off, put together a travel friendly kit for your teeth. The essentials include a toothbrush, travel-sized fluoride toothpaste and your interdental cleaner of choice. Bacteria tends to form quickly in damp areas so be sure to pack your travel toothbrush in a case that keeps it dry. 

    A separate, small bag for your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss also makes it easy to brush while you’re on the go.

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    Get a check-up


    If it’s about time for your regular check-up, consider having it before you leave. With this, you can avoid any surprises while you travel, and, if there is anything that needs extra attention, your dentist can give you advice on how best to take care of your teeth while you’re away.

    Keep up your regular habits


    There’s nothing quite like the rush of exploring a new place. It also means your healthy habits from home might not be top of mind. It’s okay, we’re all human! Make a mental note that you’ll need to take extra care to keep up your regular routine, like brushing for two minutes, or perhaps put an alarm on your phone to brush your teeth on extended journeys like long-haul flights. 

    Drink plenty of water

    drink plenty of water

    As well as keeping your body hydrated, water and saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria lodged in your mouth. When you’re in places where the air is dry, like planes, you’ll need to drink more water to compensate for the dryness and help bacteria wash away.


    Aim for moderation

    It’s normal to eat more sugary foods and snack more frequently while you travel. It’s part of the joy of exploring a new place! Unfortunately, it also makes your teeth more susceptible to decay. Don’t worry, this isn’t a note to forgo delicious food! Enjoy yourself, but aim for moderation rather than indulging in everything.

    Your passport and your toothbrush aren’t the most likely pair, but it does pay to think about your teeth when you travel. To get the most out of your trip without compromising your oral health, pack your oral health essentials, take extra care to keep up your regular brushing routine, drink plenty of water and enjoy the local cuisine without overdoing it. Bon voyage!

    We put together this article to help you better understand your oral health. It’s not intended as a replacement for professional advice. If you have any additional questions, it’s best to check in with your dentist or another healthcare professional. They’ll be able to give you more detailed guidance, or diagnose and treat you.

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