Traveling is complicated. It can be especially complicated if you have dentures. Bringing the right accessories, keeping up with your denture care routines, and eating the right foods can help you take care of your dentures throughout your trip. These tips can help you travel safely and enjoyably while wearing and using your dentures.
Have a Cup for Soaking Your Dentures
Your dentures need to soak all night long or they might dry out, become inflexible, or lose their shape. Some people assume that they can put their dentures in a cup at the hotel room when they arrive at their destination. However, some hotels stock cups that are not wide enough for standard dentures. Bringing your own cup prevents problems.
To avoid problems with your cup breaking and cracking, bring one that's made of plastic. Not only is this safer, but plastic cups are typically lighter and can be transported more easily.
Pack Your Denture Care Stuff in Your Carry-On
Finding the right denture care tools can be a challenge, especially if you're traveling internationally or to a remote location. If your checked luggage should become lost, you could find yourself traveling to multiple pharmacies or going far out of your way to find more denture care tools that will work. To avoid problems, pack your denture care stuff in your carry-on so that you'll be sure to have it with you when you step off the plane.
Bring Extras of Everything
If you're planning an extended stay at your destination, bring extras of all of your denture care products in your luggage. This way, even if you miscalculate how much of a certain accessory you'll need, you'll have more on hand.
If you keep your primary denture care products in your carry-on bag, pack the rest in your checked luggage. This way, if you misplace or lose one piece of your luggage, you'll have backups of your denture care accessories in the other.
Research Food Options Before Going
If you've been living with dentures for a long time, you're probably used to avoiding certain foods like sticky caramel, extra-hard nuts, and corn on the cob. Depending on where you're going, it may be harder than you think to find foods that you can safely eat.
If you're planning to stay with relatives, you may find your choices limited. The best way to avoid problems is to communicate with your relatives in advance to let them know that there are certain foods you have to avoid.
If you're not planning to stay with relatives but do plan to eat out at restaurants, you'll want to research your food options in advance. Knowing a few restaurants in the area where you can eat can help you get the nutrition you need when you need it.
Get a Checkup Before Leaving
It's important to see the dentist regularly, even if you have dentures. If you see the dentist before you leave on your trip, they can catch any oral or denture problems that you might be having before you go. This can help you avoid a dental emergency in a far-away place.
If you're not able to see the dentist before leaving home, be sure to save your dentist's number in your phone so that you'll have it on hand in the event of an emergency.
Contact a Dental Expert in Your Area
If you have dentures and you're leaving on a trip soon, get all the answers to your denture-related travel questions before you leave. At Palmetto Denture Care, PA, we're happy to answer any questions you might have relating to denture care on vacation. Call us today!