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Dental hygiene on the road: These tips belong in every hand luggage!

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Looking for a rest for mind and body? Only with this master plan for optimal dental hygiene en route can you relax.

Who hasn't experienced this? On holiday, people like to enjoy themselves and sometimes go too far. Food is often eaten late in the day, is sumptuous or spicy. The alcohol flows in streams and the dolce vita is perfect ... until your teeth become uncomfortable. When that happens, however, it is usually already too late. It's better not to let it get that far. But that doesn't mean you have to give up your well-deserved enjoyment, you just have to know:

Preparation is half the travel insurance.

Let's take a closer look: How travel-tested is your oral hygiene really? Have you thought of all eventualities or have you only packed the bare essentials? People who like to travel light tend to skimp on the toilet, too, but that's a big mistake! Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss are obligatory. But mouthwash and mouth spray also belong in every traveller's luggage. However, this should not be a problem, as these items are all lightweight.

Oral hygiene-to-go

Dr. Hannah Selzner, dentist and medical advisor at SWISSDENT, has a practical tip for travelling: «If you travel long distances and eat something on the way, perhaps on a plane where the nearest toothbrush is not within reach, and still want to support your dental hygiene, you can do the following: After eating, simply rinse your mouth well with water! This will already loosen any plaque between the teeth.»

A handy mouth spray-to-go, such as from Swissdent, also supports dental hygiene with its antibacterial effect. Chewing gum does the same, but indirectly: it stimulates saliva production and thus prevents caries. Of course, this only applies if the chewing gum is sugar-free.

Sometimes, however, you have to bite the bullet ...

... and there is no getting around an emergency programme. If the tooth has already been damaged or a tooth fracture has occurred, there is only one way to go - and that is directly to the dentist. Dr. Hannah Selzner also emphasises this: «If you don't go to the dentist right away, you may experience pain - or worse: the tooth cannot be saved at home! I simply recommend Google emergency services and seeing the dentist in question!»

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