Summertime and vacations, the two go hand-in-hand. But just because you have plans to to enjoy a relaxing vacation or exciting adventure doesn’t mean you can forget about your dental care. Thinking ahead can go a long way in keeping your health on track while you’re out of town.
Have Toothbrush, Will Travel
Packing for a trip can be a chore but taking the time in advance to make sure you’ve planned for all of your daily necessities makes for a healthier trip. Toothbrush, floss, toothpaste are easy to pack in advance and also easy to replace if left behind. If you’re not traveling to a location with easy access to replacements, an option is to make sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating and drinking. Just taking this simple step will help wash away some of the bacteria that promotes cavities. Have everything but the brush? Use a soft cloth or even your finger in a pinch and a small bit of tooth paste to clean your teeth while you hunt down a toothbrush!
Planning for Emergencies
If you have a dental emergency occur while traveling, it’s always a good idea to call your dentist immediately. If you are a regular patient, your dentist will have a basis of knowing your dental health and can advise on best steps to take and determine if something immediate is needed or it can wait until you return from your vacation. If you do need urgent care, they can advise you on the best steps to take while you are far from home.
Chew Gum, Bubbles Are Optional
Another great way to support your dental health while traveling is to pack sugarless chewing gum. If you’re flying to your destination, chewing gum is a great way to relieve ear pressure while in flight. And popping a bit of sugarless gum 20 minutes after eating can help get saliva production flowing and aid in washing away bacteria.
Water, Water Everywhere
Depending on where you travel, water quality may be a concern. If you’re uncertain about the local water where you are vacationing, consider using bottled water if available, not only to drink but also to brush your teeth with and rinse after brushing.
And remember, your vacation is a time to relax and take a break from some of the stresses of life. If you have gotten off your normal dental routine a bit while traveling, just remember to get back on track when you return home. Brushing and flossing twice daily is always recommended. If you have any questions while you’re out of town, you’re always welcome to call our office at (248) 852-3130 and we can help advise you of best steps to take if you have any concerns while traveling.