Tips When Traveling With Dentures

Last Updated on October 13, 2023 by Jade Roberts

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If you are traveling with dentures, it’s good to do a little extra homework before leaving to minimize any unexpected issues

It doesn’t matter if you are taking a road trip for an overnighter related to business or escaping for a month’s vacation in the tropics, traveling with dentures requires some advance planning.

If you follow the tips listed below, you will be able to enjoy your getaway without worrying about something happening to your false/artificial teeth that may put a dampener on your holiday.

Denture Travel Tips Before You Go

See Your Dentist Before You Depart

A dental check-up before an extended trip is always a good idea, even if you go to the dentist regularly. You can make sure that your dentures still fit properly and identify any other dental issues that may arise while you’re away with a pre-vacation check-up.

You should also check for fractures or other serious damage to your dentures or false teeth. This is done to keep you from discovering a crack or other defect that needs to be repaired while you are hundreds of miles away from your regular dentist.

Identify Local Denturists At Your Destination

On the offhand chance that you do run into some issues when flying or traveling with dentures, you will want to be prepared. This is why it is a good idea to do a little extra homework on the dental professional options you will have available to you at your destination.

You would have researched your hotel and the local attractions, so seeking information on local dentists is just one extra precautionary step. By having a shortlist of potential options where you will be vacationing, you will be prepared in case of an emergency.

Familiarize Yourself With The Local Cuisine

When you visit a different culture or country, there’s a good chance that the local food is different from what you are used to. Local food options will influence where you dine and what types of food you eat on vacation as a denture wearer.

You will want to identify those dishes that are either difficult to chew or that may be extremely tough in texture. The last thing you want is to break or fracture your dentures or artificial tooth or teeth.

By knowing in advance what your meal choices are, you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Pack Wisely – Include A Denture Travel Kit

To avoid losing your denture supplies and spare dentures in checked luggage, keep them in your carry-on bag. However, make sure that you check with your airline to see what is and isn’t permitted as carry-on luggage.

When traveling with dentures, you should ideally have a denture travel case that contains all of the necessary items. That kit will be complete with a container for soaking your false teeth overnight, a denture brush, a small washcloth, travel-sized mouthwash, travel-size denture adhesive, soaking tablets, breath mints, and a travel-size tube of denture cleaning paste.

Pack A Set Of Back-Up Dentures As Well

You already know that dentures are expensive. Having to repair or replace them while away from home on a vacation could become an even costlier situation. This is why having a backup set of dentures makes good sense.

You most certainly do not want to crack, break, or lose your uppers or lowers but with a spare set carefully packed in your denture brush travel case, you won’t have to deal with an unexpected expense. You may never need them, but if you do, you’ll be glad you packed them.

FAQs When Traveling With Dentures

Can You Take Denture Adhesive On A Plane?

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If you are flying with dentures, then there is a good chance that you will also need to take denture adhesive (such as Fixodent) with you. Denture adhesives and other creams follow what is called the “3-1-1 Liquid Rule.”

This means that you can take denture adhesive in carry-on luggage on a plane, but it has to be stored in a travel-size container in a maximum amount of 3.4 oz / 100ml or less per item (“3”). The items must fit in 1 clear, quart-size, plastic bag with a zip lock design (“1”). And each passenger is allowed to carry only 1 plastic bag on the flight (“1”).

Rules can change and may vary between airline operators and countries, so it is best to check with regulatory departments or your airline before departure. For more information, see the TSA website.

Do Metal Dentures Set Off Airport Security?

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It sometimes depends on the sensitivity of the detectors… for example, tiny gum wrappers that contain small amounts of aluminum in them can sometimes set off airport security. If your dentures contain any metal (such as a milled bar attachment), or if you have dental implants that contain metal, you may set off security.

If you are flying with dentures and the metal detector is triggered when passing through it, don’t panic. This is a fairly common problem and the security staff will likely screen you with a manual detector. If this happens, you can expect a minor delay when going through airport security with dentures.

What Denture Essentials Should You Pack When Traveling?

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Pack a denture travel kit, which will have all the essentials you will need. This includes a container to soak your false teeth in overnight, a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash, a travel-sized tube of denture cleaning paste, denture adhesive, a denture brush, breath mints, soaking tablets, and a small washcloth.

It is also a good idea to carry a backup set of dentures just in case the ones you are wearing get damaged during your holiday and it is difficult to locate a local dentist.

Will a Recent Denture Procedure Interfere With Your Trip?

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It shouldn’t be a problem. However, to be sure, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist before you go. The purpose of this appointment is to make sure that your dentures are still fitting properly and that the dentures are in excellent shape.

When you reach your destination, ask around and find a local dentist so that you will know where to go for assistance if you have any issues.

If you’re worried, you can also do some research before you leave to find a dentist near where you will be staying.

What Do You Do If You Get Denture Pain While Traveling?

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If you experience any kind of denture pain while away from home, seek out a local dentist at your travel destination. Schedule an appointment and explain what you are experiencing.

Before you leave home, it’s always a good idea to get travel insurance with dental coverage to help cover some of the costs you may encounter if something unforeseen happens while away from your home dentist.

What Should You Do If Your Dentures Break When Traveling?

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It is important to get the broken dentures repaired as quickly as possible if you did not pack a backup set with you.

Once at your destination, find a local dentist and schedule an appointment for denture repair. Keep the broken plate wrapped in paper or a towel to prevent further damage until you arrive at the dental office. Also, if there is a broken piece from the denture or an artificial tooth that is dislodged, keep it safe.

In Conclusion

As long as you are prepared and have done a little research beforehand, packed a proper denture travel kit, and followed the other tips outlined above, you should not have any problems traveling with dentures. And for more tips on general dental hygiene when traveling, make sure that you check out this article.

Your holiday should be filled with lots of great memories… make sure that these memories don’t include an emergency trip to a local dental office to treat damage to your false teeth. Traveling with dentures requires a little extra work, but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your holiday.

About Jade Roberts

After having a lot of dental issues when she was younger, and years of restorative dental work, Jade knows how difficult it is to find the right dental information. This forced her to do countless hours of research and connect with dental experts all over the world to find the right information. Learning has made her passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience so that others don't have to go through the same issues. "If I make any recommendations in the articles on the False Teeth Options website, it is because my team and I have researched and/or tested the products ourselves, and would be comfortable recommending them to our own family and friends. I'd love to hear of your experiences. So if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch."

2 Comments

  1. Diane M Albino on March 7, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Where can I purchase travel sized denture cleaning paste?

    • False Teeth Options on March 7, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Diane
      You can pick up denture cleaning paste online (click here to see some on Amazon). You should also be able to find some at your local chemist. However, all the denture cleaning toothpaste that I have found are slightly over the carry-on baggage maximum liquid size (which, according to the TSA website is 3.4 oz). If you can’t find one that is 3.4 oz or under, you might have to pack it in stowed luggage, and not carry-on.
      If you find a smaller one, please let us know.

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