Summer vacation is something everyone looks forward to all year long. Your dream vacation could be a week at the beach, a trip to the mountains or a grand tour of Europe. Careful planning will help ensure that your vacation is stupendous and should include a consideration of your oral health.
Here are some tips to keep your teeth and mouth healthy during your escape:
Get a dental check-up prior to travel
Dr. Glenn Wolfinger advises, “If you have not been evaluated recently, be sure to schedule a check-up to identify any dental problems before leaving the area.” Any dental issues will be identified and addressed so that you can start the summer with a smile.
Your Oral Hygiene Regimen
Dr. Balshi recommends, “Bring the dental products that you use on a daily basis with you so that you can maintain healthy soft tissues around your teeth and dental implants. Be sure that everyone in your family, including the children, brush and floss regularly.
Pack toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and any special hygiene supplies used in your daily regimen. If you use a water flosser like a WaterPik® or an electric toothbrush like Sonicare®, bring them along or consider purchasing the smaller travel versions and make sure you have the correct electrical adapters. If you are flying and taking carry-on luggage, make sure your toothpaste is 3 ounces or less to meet TSA requirements. Remember to take your night guard or sports guard with you.
Plan for an emergency
Consider what to do in case of a dental emergency. Ask the doctors at Pi Dental Center for the name of a dentist in the area where you will be traveling. As members of the American College of Prosthodontists and the International College of Prosthodontists, Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger have information about specialists in the United States, Canada and developed countries worldwide.
If a dental problem occurs while you’re away, give Pi Dental Center a call to discuss whether immediate dental care is necessary or if a temporary solution is sufficient until you get home.
If you did have a dental emergency while you were vacationing, be sure to schedule an appointment at Pi Dental Center as soon as you return to determine what treatment is needed.
Prior to your vacation a thorough dental examination is important especially if traveling to remote areas without access to safe dental care. The best way to keep your mouth and gums from getting infection while on the road is to remove foodstuff from your teeth after you eat. Floss and gargle with a glass of water.