Oral Health and Travelling

Summer is finally here, in all of its splendor! I quite like spending the summer in and around Winnipeg; it’s gorgeous here this time of year, and I’d rather get away in the winter. That said, summer vacation means many things to many people, and whether you’re staying in the area, going on a camping trip to the Whiteshell or up north, or travelling halfway across the globe, there are some things you can keep in mind to keep your mouth in good health.

Take a Trip to the Dentist Before You Take a Trip Away

Health complications are one of the worst things that can happen on the road. That’s compounded if you go down south, where they don’t have universal health care; couple that with the fact that insurers love to deny coverage for health conditions they feel could have been anticipated, and a bad tooth infection on your trip could be a nasty end to a nice vacation. Stop in to the dentist before you go on your trip, and bring the whole family with you; this is a great time to do your annual checkups, especially for kids who are out of school right around now.

Water Advisories

Not every town and city has access to water that’s as high quality as Winnipeg’s. Many regions are under boil water advisories, and if you’re in the country, you might not have ready access to clean water. Not only is this water unsafe to drink, it’s unsafe to use on your toothbrush; it can make you very sick. You can boil water for a minute when it’s under a boil water advisory; this should kill any germs and bacteria, then you can use it for brushing your teeth. Other solutions include specialized water filters and chlorinated tablets; get information about the water quality of places you’re travelling to, and use bottled water or treated water should you need to.

Toothbrush Transportation

To bring your toothbrush on a trip, it’s a good idea to pack it into a resealable plastic bag. These bags create a barrier between the toothbrush and your other packed items, reducing the risk of contamination. You might forget to pack your toothbrush in the first place; you should get to the nearest convenience store to get one. You can also buy a travel pack before you go; they’ll usually include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and other small cosmetic items that are tiny enough you can bring them on the plane. When you’re caught in a situation where no toothbrush is available, rinse your mouth with water; you can also apply a dab of toothpaste on a clean cloth or finger and make an improvised toothbrush.

Want more tooth travel tips? Dentists in Winnipeg can help. When you stop in for your pre-travel dental trip, let us know where you’re going to, and how long you’ll be gone; we’ll give you more ideas about what you can do to keep smiling for the whole trip.