VACATION SEASON: Get Away, But Don’t Forget Your Teeth
Winter is officially a thing of the past. The sun is shining, the weather is warming up, and it’s time for shorts, flip-flops and sunglasses. Vacation season is everybody’s favorite time of year. Whether your planning on spending a relaxing week on the beach, an action-packed family trip to a theme park, or an athletic trip to the mountains, vacation is a much needed get away from everyday life; however, it is important to not forget about practicing good oral hygiene.
The first and foremost way to keep your teeth healthy and clean while you’re traveling is to remember to pack the basics. Always remember to bring plenty of extra travel toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste and floss. It is important to stick to your basic routine, which should always include brushing three times a day for 2 minutes and flossing.
If you’re a parent on a family vacation, it is especially important to remind your children that no matter where you are or how action-packed your get away is, it is always important to keep up with your oral hygiene schedule. Kids may be eating more junk food on vacation making brushing and flossing very important. Consider letting your kids pick out their own travel toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, to encourage good oral hygiene on vacation.
VISIT YOUR DENTIST
The last thing you’d want on vacation is to spend time dealing with a painful dental emergency. Scheduling regular trips to your dentist and staying on top of any oral health issues will make an emergency dental issue less likely to occur while on vacation.
Vacationers planning an action-oriented get-away that could involve activities with a high risk of dental injury possibilities should consider packing a dental emergency kit. Dental emergency kits can include ibuprofen or aspirin, Orajel (or some kind of numbing agent) sterile dental gauze, temporary fillings, dental picks, dental wax, and tweezers. If you plan on participating in any activities that have a high potential of facial or oral injury, you should always wear a protective mouth guard.