Going on Summer Vacation?
Now that school is out you may be planning your summer vacation. While you are away from home it is important to keep up good oral hygiene. You wouldn’t want a dental problem to pop up in the middle of your vacation or spoil your summer fun.
But whether you and your family are going on a destination vacation or staying close to home, here are some simple tips from our team here at Christensen Dental to keep your teeth healthy while you enjoy your summer.
1. Get a checkup before you leave.
If you are planning a trip, best to schedule a checkup now. We can catch any forming cavities or other dental problems before leave. This can save you unnecessary annoyance and possible pain on your trip.
2. Be prepared just in case.
Call us immediately if you have a dental emergency, hopefully we can help you with a solution until you get home. But, just in case, you should also find a dentist in the location you are visiting who has good reviews and would be able to help if necessary.
3. Pack ahead.
Make sure to pack all of your dental hygiene supplies such as your tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss, and mouth rinse. If you will be in a car, train or plane for a good amount of time, take along portable tooth products such as a collapsible toothbrush and disposable tooth picks.
4. Choose your snacks wisely.
Summers are full of fun travels, picnics and barbecues. These often change our normal eating habits and it’s easy to eat more cavity-producing foods. For example, foods such as chips, crackers and cookies tend stick to your teeth and in between your teeth more. This becomes a bacterial feeding ground for cavities to form. Candies that are hard or sticky can cause a lot of damage. They can break or chip teeth as well as cause fillings to fall out. Try to choose healthy snacks as much as you can. Even if you indulge your sweet tooth, stay away from hard or sticky candies.
5. Avoid chewing ice.
We tend to have lots of drinks with ice in the summer. Unfortunately if you chew on ice it can damage your teeth. Try to be mindful of chewing on ice. When you finish your drink get a refill. Better yet, when you are done with your drink fill up your cup with some water rather than chew on the leftover ice.
If you need a check-up before you start your vacation, contact us now and we’ll get you scheduled and on your way!
Wishing you the best of summer holidays!
Dr. Ashley Anderson