Whether you are off relaxing on a beach in Mexico, horseback riding through the Mongolian steppe, or backpacking around Europe, it’s important to remember to keep your good oral hygiene habits so your mouth stays healthy. If you are on a long trip, this is especially important. You do not want to end up in a Nepalese dentist office after having to get air rescued from the himalayas due to a dental emergency, as usually a third world dental office will not have the same health regulations as one in Canada.
 
First off, you need to remember to bring proper dental hygiene tools, such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Don’t worry though, if you forget any of these or need replacements during your travels, you should be able to purchase them in almost every country with no issues.
 
After brushing your teeth, make sure you allow your toothbrush time to dry out. If you put it in your bag immediately after brushing when the brush is still wet, it will be a prime breeding ground for bacteria. 
 
When brushing your teeth or even washing your toothbrush, make sure to use clean, safe water. If the tap water from the location you are visiting is not suitable for drinking, then it is not suitable for brushing your teeth. It’s also a good idea to watch what you’re eating while on the road, as often times it becomes much easier for us to indulge ourselves with sweets.
 
To reduce the risk of a dental emergency while on vacation, it’s always a good idea to have a thorough dental examination prior to your departure. If you’ve got any questions about oral health care while travelling, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Center by calling 613-230-7475.