Emergency, Prevention, Your Smile Dental Care

Dental Vacation Tips for your Teeth

Whether your planning a relaxing or adventurous vacation your well-being is important while on holidays, but it’s easy to overlook some of your daily routines when you’re busy or distracted.

Your oral care never gets time off, and although a dental emergency can occur unexpectedly, a little preplanning can give you some peace of mind when travelling.

We have some easy tips on how to look after your dental wellbeing during your travels.

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Before you Travel

  • Regular 6 month dental check up visits help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and allow you to address any oral health issues before they become bigger, more complicated problems.
  • There are pros and cons to starting any complicated dental treatment before you travel. Ensure you discuss any dental concerns with your dentist so that you can be prepared for any uncertainties. Most dental problems should be cleared up right away before they become emergencies, while many elective procedures can be postponed until your return. Understand however, that you should take care of problematic matters well ahead of time to prevent any post treatment issues that can possibly delay your vacation.
  • It is not always possible to protect yourself against accidents, so if you require medical or dental treatment while on vacation ensure that you have received your Hepatitis B vaccination before you travel.

What to Pack

  • Your routine oral care supplies – toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss.
  • A clean, ventilated toothbrush container.
  • Sugarless gum for when you may not be able to brush your teeth immediately after a meal. It helps to neutralize acids and increase saliva flow to wash away food debris.
  • If you are bringing your electric toothbrush ensure that it is compatible with the power outlets at your destination or bring the correct adaptive device.
  • Your night guard if you wear one.
  • A dental sports guard to protect against accidental dental injuries.
  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen.
  • Denture adhesive and dental wax for small emergencies which are sold at most pharmacies (*See below)

Emergency Treatment

Be prepared and plan ahead in case of a dental emergency!

  • Call your dental insurer to find out if your policy covers dental treatment out of province. Know what your plan’s limitations are and what dental claim forms need to be submitted. Get extra coverage if need be.
  • An internet search at home will help you find the name, telephone number, office hours and emergency contact of local dental clinics where you will be vacationing just in the need arises. Make sure you receive an itemized receipt and claim form before you leave their clinic.
  • *Denture adhesive  can be used to temporarily recement a loosened crown. Sugarless gum or dental wax can be placed over sharp tooth edges if you accidently chip or break a tooth.
  • If you do require immediate attention, perhaps the attending dentist can offer a sufficient, temporary solution until you get home.

What to Avoid

  • Do not use your teeth as tools to open packages, remove tags, uncap bottles, cracking open nuts, etc.
  • Avoid using tap water to brush your teeth in countries where the quality of local water is questionable. Use bottled water or mouthwash to rinse your teeth and clean your toothbrush.
  • Watch what you chew! Do not crunch on ice cubes. Avoid hard foods and candies. Be careful with bones, seeds, popcorn kernels and food that can easily get stuck between teeth. These are all practical suggestions, but they require your careful attention.


20140915_103602_resizedRemember to prepare if you have a long layover at an airport or other travel stops. Keep a small oral care travel case with you at all times. Each of our patients at Your Smile Dental Care receive one of these kits after their routine check-up visits. They often tell us just how handy they are when traveling, away at school or for when company visits.

We hope that with a little forethought your time spent away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routines will be full of happy smiles and great memories.

Safe travels,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533

11 thoughts on “Dental Vacation Tips for your Teeth”

  1. I really appreciate this information on how to maintain a good dental hygiene routine, even on the road. I travel a lot for work, and sometimes I tend to neglect my teeth on these busy trips, but this step by step guide will make it easier. I have never thought of calling my dental insurer before a trip to make sure I will have coverage where I am traveling. Thanks for the information!


  2. Thank you for sharing this great dental vacation health tips. These tips were all great and helpful from from “what to pack” up to “layovers” and almost all of us here have already tried using our teeth as an opening tool and now I know that it’s not appropriate because it cab bring harm to our teeth and gums…..

    Thank you for sharing this information it’s really a big help.



  3. It is interesting to learn a that you should pay extra attention to your teeth while on vacation. I have never really thought about that before.This article really makes some great ideas on this. I especially did not realize that getting vaccines would be good to protect your teeth with.


  4. My husband and I are going on a long trip in a couple of months, and I definitely want to be sure that we have our dental care all figured out for it. Especially since my husband is probably going to need extensive dental work done soon, we want to be sure that his recovery goes well. I will be sure that we pack things like our toothbrushes and toothpaste, but I will also look into things like night guards, because I think he will need to wear one after his procedures. Thanks for the great suggestions!


  5. I am taking my kids out of the country for a few months and plan to take my kids to our local dentistry beforehand. I want to limit the chance that they will need to go to one abroad. I’m really not sure what medical options we’ll have where we’re going. However, I do know that in order to ensure a painless experience that we should probably get it all taken care of ahead of time. Also, I might start letting them chew gum because I didn’t know that it could be beneficial to their teeth. Are there any foods that we should avoid while we are out of the country? We are going to Asia.


  6. My family and I are preparing to head out on a road trip to visit my in-laws and I know getting the kids to brush their teeth while on “vacation” is going to be a little tricky. I have to say though, I would have never thought to give them sugarless gum when they can’t brush after a meal. That will definitely help with eating lunch in the car. I’ll have to go over this a little more thoroughly before we leave and make sure I don’t forget anything.


  7. Thanks for this information. 🙂 I was just wondering what I might be forgetting for our big trip. Got to pack more of those sugarless gums, and mouth guards for my teenage son. He has a bad case of teeth grinding. My dentists tell me it’s caused by his anxiety.
    Anyway, thanks for the heads up!


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