Keeping your teeth healthy while on vacation may not be your top priority. However, if you are planning on taking a trip this summer, it’s easier than you might realize to get off track when it comes to your oral health. We’re sharing a few tips for you to keep in mind while you’re away.
- Get your teeth cleaned before you go.
If you haven’t had a checkup in a while, make sure you schedule your next appointment before you go. We’ll do a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums, and also examine your mouth for any signs of oral health issues. It’ll be better for us to address any concerns now, rather than any cropping up while you’re gone.
- Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine.
It’s hard to keep up with normal routines on vacation. So, make it easier on yourself. Let it be the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before bed. Pack all of your necessary hygiene tools for your body, hair, face, and teeth in one easy-to-carry bag. That way you can easily access your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash all in one place.
- Don’t enjoy too much sugar.
Going away means time to indulge, right? Unfortunately, that’s an easy way to do damage to your oral health. Try to limit your sugar intake as much as possible. Balance it out with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Plus, drink plenty of water to wash away any food particles and bacteria.
- Choose an easier alternative solution for your sleep apnea.
Did you know sleep apnea impacts your oral health? One of the symptoms is dry mouth. This can result in lingering bacteria since it isn’t being washed away by saliva. Whether you have not been treated with sleep apnea or use a CPAP machine, our custom-made oral appliance is much more comfortable to wear while you sleep and it’s also easier to pack too. Schedule a visit and we’ll have your oral appliance ready before you leave.
- Research nearby emergency dentists.
The last thing you want to worry about is where to go for a dental emergency while on vacation. Research emergency dentists in the area. Ideally, choose one that’s within your insurance plan. Save their number on your phone, so that if an emergency arises, you know exactly who to call. However, if you have a dental concern, but aren’t in any pain, you may be able to wait until you come home for help.