Summer is the perfect time for a vacation. Whether you’re by yourself, with a partner, or with the whole family, vacation is a time for relaxation. However, just because we’re not at work doesn’t mean we can slack on our oral hygiene routine! By letting your oral health slide, you can run into problems while you’re far from home. Here are 5 tips to keeping up a dental routine on your summer vacation.
1. Pack Your Toothbrush and Floss
Don’t leave home without your toothbrush and floss. You never know when or if you’ll get a chance to buy more on your vacation. Make sure to stick to your routine by brushing first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed. Floss right before bed as well to get those pesky bits of food out from between your teeth. Invest in some travel-size toothbrushes and containers of floss that will easily fit into your carry-on bag.
2. See Your Dentist Before You Leave
Schedule a checkup with your dentist before your vacation to make sure you don’t need any dental work done beforehand. Maybe you have a tiny cavity that you don’t notice until it causes a huge toothache while you’re at the beach! Your dentist can diagnose and treat problems before you go so that problems like that don’t happen.
3. Stick to Healthy Snacks
Many of us stray from our diets while we’re on vacation. This means we often snack on sugary foods and beverages, like candy and margaritas. Consuming these things is fine in moderation, but be sure to not indulge yourself too much. That much sugar and acid can seriously damage your teeth. Substitute those snacks for fruits and veggies, and be sure to drink plenty of water with your margaritas.
4. Stay Hydrated
Speaking of water, did you know it plays an important role in the health of your teeth? Drinking plenty of water means that your mouth produces plenty of saliva, which helps wash away bits of excess food that get stuck in the mouth and attract bacteria. When you aren’t properly hydrated, you don’t produce enough saliva to wash away these bits of food, and you are more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease.
5. Be Prepared
You can never be too prepared for any situation, and that includes a dental emergency. Research the area where you’re staying to find out if they have an emergency dentist you can see if something bad, like a broken tooth, happens. Find out if your insurance covers them. In addition, pack a dental emergency kit from the drugstore just to be extra prepared.
Dental routines might not be the most fun part of a vacation, but they are still important. Follow these steps to make sure that your teeth stay in good health this summer.
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Blair earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Fort Worth Dental Society. To learn more about how you can keep your smile healthy this summer, contact Dr. Blair at (817)-737-5155.