Summer is finally here and you are ready to go on some exciting trips. Perhaps you will travel from coast to coast or go backpacking in Europe. Maybe you will walk along the Great Wall of China or hike in the Andes Mountains. Great adventures are ahead, and you may not have time to think about your teeth. But keeping up on dental health is important no matter where you are in the world, and you don’t want a bad tooth to spoil your adventure.
Step 1: See Your Dentist
Well before you leave to travel, set up an appointment with your dentist. Doing this ensures you clear up all dental issues you may have before you go on vacation. Take care of any decayed teeth, partially exposed wisdom teeth, root canals, or broken fillings before going abroad.
Step 2: Pack Your Toothbrush
You may be so busy while you travel that you think you won’t have the time to brush your teeth, but that is no excuse. Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth can help prevent multiple dental issues that may otherwise arise on your vacation.
Step 3: Know Foreign Dental Regulations
Even when you do all you can to protect your teeth, problems may still come up while you travel. You may wonder if the dentists in a foreign country follow a set of health and safety regulations similar to the ones in the U.S. A good source of information to look at ahead of time is the OSAP (Organization for the Safety and Asepsis Procedures). While in the country, you can also ask members of hotel staff management or the American Embassy to recommend a good dentist if you have a dental emergency.