Summer is almost here! For many of you, that means you are planning on taking a vacation. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget about your oral health while you are away. With your routines all turned upside down, the highest priority may not be to brush your teeth and floss. However, we’re sharing a few easy oral care tips to take with you on summer vacation.
- Get your checkup before you go.
In the midst of your good time, you don’t want to worry about experiencing any oral health issues. Make sure you get your checkup in before your vacation starts. We’ll do a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums and examine your mouth for any signs of trouble. We can address any problem areas and make sure your oral health is in top shape.
- Make it easy to practice good oral hygiene.
Make it easy to take care of your teeth on vacation. Pack all of your dental gear, like your toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, mouthguard, or retainer, in the same place. Put it alongside any other hygiene products you might take so it can be added to your morning or evening routine. If you have kids, have them choose their own small pack to put their toothbrushes and other items. This will make the whole process more fun for them.
- Don’t overdo it on sugar.
It’s easy to indulge on a trip. However, try not to overdo it on sugar. Balance out sugary sweets and beverages with water and plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats. Sugar can encourage the development of cavities due to the way the bacteria in your mouth produce acids that erode your enamel.
- Drink plenty of water.
Water is one of the best things to drink to rinse away bacteria and any food particles in your mouth. Make sure you have plenty on hand that you can sip throughout the day. If you struggle with dry mouth, consider setting up an appointment with us before you go. We offer treatment for chronic dry mouth that will help you alleviate any discomfort while you’re gone.
- Know where to go for a dental emergency.
Research potential emergency dentists while you are on vacation. If you are in a great deal of pain, you won’t want to wait to visit the dentist when you come back. Research any in-network dentists near the area you are going. Reach out to your dental insurance provider for help if you have any questions or need advice about dental care out of the country.