Summer is finally here! For many people, that means it’s time for a much-needed vacation. Whether you are traveling to a beach resort, going on a road-trip adventure, or simply taking a break from routine, you need to protect your oral health even while you are away from home. Even though vacations are a time for relaxation and indulgence, you don’t want any unwelcome surprises afterward.
We will be sharing ways to keep your smile healthy and avoid dental emergencies while having fun in the sun.
- Practice pool safety.
Playing by the pool is a fun way to spend a day! However, one slip by the poolside can lead to a chipped or knocked-out tooth. So, make sure you and your child practice pool safety guidelines.
- Be careful having too much sugar.
Sugary treats and beverages are hard to resist. Unfortunately, the sugar blends in with the bacteria in your mouth and can increase your risk for cavities. So, try to limit your sugar intake as much as possible.
- Sip water throughout the day.
Drinking plenty of water on vacation is key to keeping your mouth and body healthy. You’ll wash away food particles and bacteria in your mouth. You prevent dry mouth from occurring, too.
- Take your oral hygiene supplies.
There are a few important items to take with you during your vacation. Make sure you pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and any oral appliances, such as retainers or mouthguards. Keeping these items in an easy-to-find spot in your luggage makes oral health routines easy.
- Get a checkup before you go.
Get your cleaning and exam before you leave for vacation. We’ll ensure your mouth is in good condition and treat any oral health issues we spot. It helps prevent dental emergencies from arising during your vacation.
- Research emergency dentists near your vacation spot.
While no one wants to think a dental emergency can happen, it’s always best to be prepared. Get information on emergency dentists near where you are vacationing. You may want to contact your insurance provider to find out what coverage you have based on where you are going.
- Maintain your regular oral care routines.
It’s not always easy to keep up with any normal routine on vacation. But make it a point to brush twice daily for two minutes and floss at least once. Make it the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night. You’ll be glad you kept up the good habit!
Your smile is one of your most valuable assets. So, it’s important to do your part to protect your oral health no matter where you are going.