June 13, 2019
Summer is the perfect time for going out there and seeing the world. While it’s definitely healthy to broaden your horizons and learn about new places and cultures, what isn’t healthy is skipping your regular dental care habits. It’s easy to fall out of the routine of brushing and flossing while traveling, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t run into a dental emergency while far from home. A dentist in Beaumont offers these 6 travel tips for dental health.
See Your Dentist Before Your Trip
If possible, try and schedule a regular checkup and cleaning before you leave. That way your dentist can spot any potential problems. The last thing you want this summer is for your vacation to be ruined by a sudden and horrible toothache.
Save Your Dentist’s Contact Info
Keep your dentist’s phone number in your phone or their business card in your wallet. Sometimes a dental emergency can be solved by just talking to a professional over the phone. When in doubt, call and ask if the issue can wait to be treated until after you get home.
In Case You Forget Your Toothbrush
Like sunscreen and phone chargers, toothbrushes are one of those things we often forget to pack. If you find yourself without one, then you can rinse your mouth vigorously with warm water to wash away bacteria that can cause cavities. You could also rub toothpaste on your teeth with a clean washcloth or your clean finger. When you get to the nearest drugstore, buy a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If you can’t find one, get the softest brush you can find.
Transport Your Toothbrush Properly
If you can, pack your toothbrush in a resealable plastic bag. It will stay clean and out of contact with anything else you pack. When you arrive at your destination, take your toothbrush out of the bag and simply let it air dry.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing gum can keep your ears from popping on a flight. But sugarless gum in particular can also prevent cavities. Gum gets saliva flowing, which is important for washing away cavity-causing bacteria. Research has shown that chewing sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes after a meal can significantly reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Get Back on Track After Your Trip
Sometimes you end up letting your dental habits slide no matter how hard you try. Maybe you indulged in too many summer treats on your vacation. Don’t stress about it. Simply get back into your normal routine of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day and you should be perfectly fine.
Dental hygiene isn’t something that you can just leave at home when you travel. Be sure to follow these 6 tips to maintain a healthy mouth and keep your vacation worry-free!
About the Author
Dr. Michael Olson has worked in Beaumont, TX with his father, Dr. David Olson, as well as Dr. Robert Martherne since 2010. Dr. Michael Olson is a member of several dental organizations, including the Texas Mission of Mercy, which provides dental care to those who do not have access to treatment. His patients enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the office, as well as the incredible technology used to diagnose and treat dental problems. To learn more about staying healthy during travel, contact him here or call (409)-860-9600.
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