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At McAllister Dentistry located in Hickory, North Carolina, we see many of our patients traveling during the summer months, whether to visit extended family, explore our great state by road trip, or boarding a plane to check out new destinations. To make the most of your travel experience, it is a good idea to pack a dental emergency kit to support your oral care until you can get to a dentist.

Our experienced dentist, Dr. John McAllister, knows that when it comes to dental care, preparedness and consistency are key to maintaining a healthy smile. This means you keeping up with your daily oral hygiene routine, like daily brushing and flossing, and having a dental emergency kit will help you in case dental issues arise while you are away.  So what should you pack in your emergency kit?

Basic Dental Emergency Kit

— Supplies: Dental picks, sterile gauze pads, cotton, tweezers, dental mirror or handheld mirror, cold pack, antimicrobial skin wipes.
— Toothache & pain: Over-the-counter painkillers and oral antiseptic.
— Loose crown, filling or braces: Petroleum jelly, temporary fillings, dental wax.

Bringing your dental emergency kit while you are traveling will also help to bring you peace of mind while you are on the road. Whether you are re-connecting with loved ones at your annual family reunion, or snorkeling the coral reefs in Australia, from all of us at McAllister Dentistry, we wish you safe, happy, and healthy travels!