It doesn’t matter if you are taking a road trip for an overnighter related to business or escaping for a month 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 teeth that may put a dampener on your holiday.
Denture Travel Tips Before You Go
See Your Dentist Before You Depart
Even if you are meticulous about your annual dental visits, it is never a bad idea to have a check-up before an extended trip. The main purpose of the before vacation check-up is to confirm that your dentures are still fitting properly, and to find any other issues that may arise while you are traveling.
You also want to make sure that there are no fractures or other serious damage to your false teeth. The reason for this is to prevent you from discovering a crack that requires attention while you are several hundred 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
Visiting a different culture or geographic location often means that the local food will be different from what you are accustomed to. As a denture wearer, local food options will play a role in where you will dine and what types of food you will eat on vacation.
You will want to identify those dishes that are either difficult to chew or may be extremely tough in texture. The last thing you want is to break or fracture your dentures.
By knowing in advance what your meal choices are, you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Pack Wisely – Include A Denture Travel Kit
Be sure to confirm with the airlines you intend to fly on as to what is and is not permitted as carry-on luggage. Ideally, you should have a denture travel case with all the essentials you will need to have with you when you are traveling with dentures.
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 false teeth 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 Travelling With Dentures
Can You Take Denture Adhesive On A Plane?
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 bags 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?
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.
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.