As the summer approaches, many of you are planning on a vacation. While it’s wonderful to get away from it all and have time to relax, it can often throw people off their schedules and regular routines. It’s important to leave room for good oral health practices so you return from your time off with a healthy grin. We’re sharing a few tips for you to take with you:
- Come in for a checkup.
A problem with your teeth and gums can definitely interfere with your vacation. So, make sure you plan a checkup before you go. We’ll do a thorough cleaning of your mouth and look for any signs of problems. We’ll be able to address any concerns you have and any problem areas you’ve noticed.
- Prepare for an emergency.
No one likes to deal with an emergency! However, it’s important to know what to do in case one arises. Read our list of tips that help you know what to do in case a dental emergency occurs. Plus, research dentists in the area you are traveling to, ideally ones in your insurance network, that can handle an emergency, if necessary.
- Pack what you need for good oral hygiene.
Don’t forget your toothbrush! When you pack for your vacation, make sure every family member has a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Put it in a special case so it’s easy to grab when you wind down at night and get ready in the morning. Keeping up your regular teeth cleaning routine can be a challenge, however, make it a point to begin and end your day with clean teeth and gums.
- Take care with how much sugar you enjoy.
For many people, vacation is a time to indulge. Whether it’s desserts or special sugary drinks, it can be easy to consume a great deal of sugar during your time off. Try not to overindulge. Sugar can lead to an increase in cavities and other problems in your mouth. Replace a need for sugar with fruits.
- Drink plenty of water.
Water is an incredible way to keep your mouth healthy. It washes away bacteria and food particles that can often lead to oral health concerns. Plus, it can also help prevent dry mouth too. It also helps keep stains off your teeth! If you have an acidic beverage, coffee, or wine, rinse out your mouth with water to help eliminate the staining qualities of these drinks.