With Summer officially in full swing, that means hot temperatures, pool days, and family vacations! Whether you are travelling with the kids or just some close friends and family, planning your oral hygiene care shouldn’t be overlooked.
Brushing and flossing might take a back seat while travelling; you’re in a new location and out of your normal routine. However, taking the right steps before you hit the road or head to the airport will go a long way for your overall oral hygiene.
For starters, know how to pack correctly. Use a container big enough to hold your toothbrush(es) and that allows for air flow and ventilation. Tight packaging or plastic bags don’t let your brush dry out and can cause bacterial buildup. Also, be sure to clean your containers before and after traveling!
Next, be sure to have a backup plan. Outside of traveling with portable oral hygiene products like collapsable toothbrushes and on-the-go floss, understand that airlines have size requirements for liquids, including toothpaste. Pack extra toothbrushes and floss in case your destination or hotel don’t have complimentary extras. Having backup supplies is also useful if for some reason you can’t buy replacements.
If the local water isn’t safe to drink, that means it’s not safe for oral care either. Use bottled or boiled water instead. Don’t forget that in a pinch, you can still brush with just water and be removing plaque from your teeth, as long as you brush properly.
Lastly, watch what you’re eating! I know it’s easy to indulge a little on vacations, but be mindful of consuming too much sweets or beverages like red wine.
Just because you’re on vacation that doesn’t mean your oral hygiene is too! Take the necessary steps before your family trips to ensure you don’t miss a beat when it comes to keeping your smile happy and healthy. If you would like to schedule a teeth cleaning or checkup before you hit the road, contact our office today and schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated professionals.
This column is sponsored by Midtown Dental and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of CFHN or of its advertisers.
Dr. William Nerestant received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. After serving and being recognized for his meritorious service in the Air Force as an officer in the Dental Corps, he currently serves patients at Midtown Dental in Lakeland. For more information, visitmymidtowndental.com or call (863) 226-0987.