Summer is here and it’s time for vacation. Whether you’re off to an exotic foreign destination or just a fun weekend getaway, we’ve put together a few suggestions to help you avoid any dental emergencies while you’re away and to easily help you maintain your regular good oral hygiene practices.
- If possible, schedule your dental visit before any major trip. An exam and cleaning can spot any problems that may be likely to come up while you’re away and your teeth will look and feel their cleanest and brightest.
- Pack a little to-go teeth cleaning kit that you can take with you in a pocket or purse. This can allow you to keep your teeth clean and breath fresh on flights, in the car, or even when you’re out sight-seeing for the day.
- In a pinch, if you don’t have your toothbrush with you or you discover that you’ve forgotten it, rinse thoroughly with water and if possible use toothpaste on a clean finger. Then replace the brush as soon as possible with a new, soft one. Sugar-free chewing gum can also help after meals by increasing saliva flow to help wash away bacteria.
- Although it’s important to drink plenty of water when you’re away, make sure the water you use either to drink or to brush is safe. Whether you are traveling overseas or having a wilderness campout, if you’re unsure, always use bottled water to brush and to rinse. If you forget or accidentally wet your brush with unsafe water, it’s better to throw it away and get a new one to reduce the chance of infection or illness.
- Care for your toothbrush by helping it to remain clean and dry. Storing it in a resealable plastic bag can help until you arrive and unpack. It is best to allow it to air dry whenever possible.
- Keep your dentist’s contact information handy either in your cell phone or written down. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist if you have what you think may be a problem. Your dentist can advise you whether or not you need to seek emergency treatment. When overseas, the local consulate can help advise you on dentists in the area.
Follow this guide and you can greatly increase your chances of enjoying a vacation free from worry about oral health issues occurring while you’re away.
If would like more information and tips for caring for your oral hygiene while you’re away or to schedule a preventative exam and cleaning before you leave, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein and her caring staff at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.