If you are planning a trip this summer, it’s important to stay on top of your oral health. When you return, the last thing you want to worry about is newly-formed dental problems. Today we’re sharing a few tips to maintain good oral health while you’re on vacation.
- Get a checkup before you go.
Haven’t had a visit to the dentist in the last 6 months? Schedule an appointment to do a cleaning and exam before your vacation starts. We’ll not only thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, but we’ll examine your mouth for any oral health issues. It’s good to get things checked out early on before they become a big problem.
- Research emergency dentists at your vacation spot.
If you experience a dental emergency, you’ll want to know where you can go for urgent dental care. Research any dentists within your insurance network, and contact your insurance provider for assistance. Having a list of dentists you can visit will help you feel at ease wherever you go. It can also save your smile if you happen to knock out or chip a tooth.
- Don’t overdo it on sugar.
It’s so easy to indulge on vacation! However, try not to overdo it on sugary sweets and desserts. Also, keep in mind that many cocktails and caffeinated beverages can have lots of sugar in them. Balance out your diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and lean protein. You’ll protect the health of your teeth and your body will thank you too!
- Drink lots of water.
Water is one of the best beverages you can give your mouth and body! So, drink plenty of water, especially if you’re in the hot sun. Plus sugar can stick to your teeth and increase the bacteria and plaque in your mouth. You’ll wash away any bacteria and food particles out of your mouth. Also, you’ll avoid any kind of dry mouth too!
- Fit in your regular oral care routine.
When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to get off track with your oral care routine. However, make it a point to start and end your day with good oral care habits. Put your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, and anything else you use to take care of your smile in one convenient travel case. Include any other hygiene products so you’ll reduce your chances of forgetting to brush your teeth or floss!
Time to get your smile ready for vacation! If you want to maintain good oral health on vacation, schedule an appointment today in Tolland, CT. Call Neil Hoss, DMD today at 860-926-3781 now.