How will you and your family take care of your teeth during summer vacation?
When it comes to planning your family’s travel or maybe even a business trip, most of us don’t tend to think that much about our teeth. We know to pack a toothbrush, some toothpaste, and maybe floss, but there’s actually more that you can do in order to maintain good oral health while traveling.
It’s worth it to set aside some time to prepare yourself in case of – and to help prevent – a dental emergency abroad. Here are some of our favorite tips:
Schedule a dental visit well before your trip
Even if you think your teeth are fine, your dentist will be able to assess you and your family’s situation and make recommendations leading up to and during your travels. You may be showing signs of cavities, and so your dentist may suggest a fluoride treatment before you jet off.
Find an in-network dentist in the area you’re visiting
If you’re traveling in the domestic U.S., then check with your dental insurance to see if there are any dentists in the city you’ll be in. That way, if you have a dental emergency, you will be able to pay the dental office a visit without spending too much money.
Also, keep your family dentist’s number on hand. Many dental emergencies can be handled without visiting a doctor.
Check with the U.S. embassy for recommendations
Traveling abroad to a foreign country? Get in contact with the U.S. embassy or a local consulate to find dentists who have experience in working with people from your country or can at least speak your native language.
Keep your receipts
If your dental insurance allows you to see out-of-network dentists, then you may be eligible for some reimbursements for any expenses related to your oral care. A quick phone call with your dental insurance company before your travels can help clear up any confusion.
Prepare a dental travel kit for carry on
Most of us tend to pack our dental care items in our check-in luggage, but what happens when your luggage is lost or not immediately available? For those moments, it’s great to have a small but effective carry-on kit so you can care for your teeth no matter where you are.
Be sure that your toothpaste and mouthwash meet the travel size requirements (typically 3 oz.) before boarding on your flight.
Protect your teeth and avoid expensive oral care procedures while traveling abroad – book your appointment today. Dr. Coates and his dental team in Long Beach, CA are here to help you and your family achieve and maintain great oral health. Call us at 562-434-6414 or book online.