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Oral Care Must-haves to Take on Vacation

March 03, 2023
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All set for your vacation? Don’t forget your oral care kit in all the travel excitement! Here is a checklist you can keep handy to ensure you have all the necessary dental products you may need on your trip. It is also a good idea to have dental cleanings before you start your journey.


The essentials

Are you thinking of showing off your perfect pearly whites in your vacation pictures? Here are a few travel essentials you should carry with you to ensure your oral health does not suffer while you are having fun.  

Toothbrush, tongue scraper, and toothpaste

Your dental travel kit must have a toothbrush with a cover, a tongue scraper, and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes are a great option, saving you time and effectively cleaning your teeth. If you carry your oral care pack, you will not have to be at the mercy of hotel-provided dental kits.

Travel case specific for oral care items

You will want to get ready fast and rush off for your fun activities. So ensure to have a dedicated travel kit for your oral care items. This will help you find them quickly and complete your routine without any delays.


Mouthwash can help you fight bad breath and kill germs while you are in transit. Keep a pocket-size bottle or mouthwash tablets in your dental travel kit.

Dental floss or floss picks

Carry floss picks or dental floss in your kit. You may also want to keep a few in your purse or pocket wallet. This will come in handy to help remove any food particles that get stuck in your teeth when you are out and about.


Don’t forget!

Remember to carry a mini first-aid kit that should include dental floss, a cold gel pack, oral pain relief medication, regular bandages, gloves, gauze, and tweezers. This will help you address emergencies like tooth pain or gum swelling. Talk to your dentist and carry any other medicines or items they may suggest.

Suppose you use dentures, retainers, mouth guards, or aligners. Store and carry them safely in a proper travel case. If left in the open, these could catch germs! Leaving them unprotected can also result in damage. Drop a bottle of appliance cleaner in your travel bag so you can keep your mouth inserts in a fresh condition.

Keep a small dental care kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and tongue cleaner in your carry-on hand baggage. This will significantly help if your luggage is lost or misplaced in transit.


Fun extras

Some fun extra products you can carry with you are an SPF 15-30 lip balm for protection from the sun, packs of sugar-free chewing gum, and a pocket mirror. Avoid teeth staining by carrying a comfortable, easy-to-use teeth whitening product. Ensure you talk to your dentist before using any teeth whitening treatment. Also, include a refillable water bottle in your travel bag so you do not have to buy one-time-use bottles.


If you have any particular dental issues, consult your dentist before you leave for your vacation. Your dentist can guide you on a few foods and drink items you should avoid because of your condition. When you are prepared with these travel necessities, you can have fun on your vacation and leave your oral care worries at bay. Once you are back, prioritize your dental cleanings, and your oral health will be in mint shape!

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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