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5 travel tips to prevent new cavities while on holidays

No-one wants to get cavities. Here are 4 tips to making sure you don’t get new cavities from forming while on holidays!

1.Hate to state the obvious but… Make sure you get a check up before you are off to your holiday. The last thing you want is a toothache to ruin your vacation. Things get a little crazy a couple of weeks leading up to your holiday that it’s easy to leave your dental check up to the last minute. But don’t. Don’t leave it to the last week of your trip either because if do you need dental treatment, you need to make sure you’ve allowed yourself enough time to get all the necessary treatment done before you leave.

I recommend to book yourself for a check up about a month or two before your schedualed trip.

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2.Get your clean on, mid-air

Get your hands on sample sized toothpastes, mouthwash and floss from your dentist. If you’ll be on a long flight, keep these in your bag so you can take care of business mid-flight. Brushing your teeth after eating that nasty airplane food is a nice to get rid of any after-taste. Also you know that stale feeling you get from long flights? Brushing your teeth is a nice way to get an instant boost of freshness that you often crave when flying for hours.

 

3. It’s all about the toothbrush holder

When looking for a case for your toothbrush, opt for a toothbrush case that keeps the entire toothbrush in it, rather than a case that only covers the head (see images below). A toothbrush holder without holes for ventilation can keep moisture locked inside, which can cause bacteria to grow. Keep your toothbrush in a large enough container to circulate air.

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4.Keep It Dry

Try to give your toothbrush a break from your travel bag every now and then. Leave your toothbrush out in order to dry out properly. This will help ensure it doesn’t become a breeding ground for bacteria.

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5. Consider getting a high fluoride strength toothpaste

If you’re planning to go food crazy on your travels and you will likely opt for foods that normally wouldn’t eat at home (e.g. sugar, carbs, curry….) consider getting a special, higher strength toothpaste or mouth rinse especially for your travels. These types of toothpastes and mouthwashes are not ones you can get from the supermarket. Usually they get sold at the dentist’s. Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste or mouthwash is best for you because everyone has different needs.

 

I’ll leave you with some photos to get your wanderlust juices going….

 

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