Make time for a dental examination before you go on your trip
Regular dental appointments are the best way to minimise your risk of dental emergencies. Your oral health professional can typically spot warning signs and potential problems before they become full-blown emergencies, such as toothache or damage. This also allows your dentist/hygienist to update information about your oral health (including x-rays if necessary) and advise you what to do if they suspect something might happen while you’re away.
Additionally, regular hygiene appointments often mean you’ll be less likely to have a dental issue in the first place.
Travel size toothpaste, toothbrush and floss are small and easy to carry – you can ask us for travel sized toothpaste if you need any! You can also buy travel packs from supermarkets, chemists and other shops. Remember to allow your brush to dry properly when travelling – nasty bugs love wet places!
If, however, you forgot your toothbrush and can’t buy a new one straightaway, you can use a washcloth or your finger in place of a toothbrush. Apply enough toothpaste and try to gently rub all surfaces of all teeth with your finger. Then you can head out to purchase a new toothbrush as soon as you’re able – remember to always look for the softest brush you can buy. If you have no toothpaste, you can still brush without it; simply removing and disturbing plaque is very important.
Use bottled water if in doubt
When in doubt about the local water, use bottled water for your brushing. If you do get contaminated water on your toothbrush and you can easily buy a new one, go ahead and throw it out. If you won’t be able to buy a new brush for a while, try to wash it well with bottled water before using it again.
Pack some sugar-free chewing gum. Chewing gum for about 20-30 minutes after your meals will help reduce your risk of decay. This is because the chewing can increase your saliva flow, which helps wash away bacteria and neutralise acids in the mouth.
As a bonus, chewing sugar-free gum during a flight can also help alleviate earache caused by the changes in air pressure.
Stick to your good oral hygiene habit
Try to stick to your routine of brushing twice daily and cleaning between teeth with floss and/or interdental brushes (Piksters) once a day. However, if you do go off track during your trip, try to get back into it as soon as you come back.
You can keep our number in your phone and our details are also listed on our website. We are always available by phone – even on weekends and holidays. If you have an emergency outside of office hours, call our number and we will get back to you.
If you are out of the country and need a dentist, you can also contact the local consulate or Australian embassy for assistance.