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June 19th, 2020

5 Tips for Protecting Your Teeth on a Vacation

Warmer weather and summer are here which means more families are planning for vacations and time away from home. Traveling gives an excuse to break away from our daily routines, but going out of town does not  mean you should stray away from a healthy oral hygiene routine. Here are five tips to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums while on vacation so that you can come back smiling:

  1. Stay on Track with Daily Habits
    Just because you are not home, does not mean that you can forsake brushing and flossing. Remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss or keep a travel-kit in your luggage to keep your oral hygiene items within reach. However,  if you forget something, you can always find these items at a corner store at your destination or sometimes your hotel can provide these travel items at the front desk. 
  2. Drink Plenty of Water from a Clean Water Source
    While on vacation it is easy to indulge in a lot of sugary beverages and alcoholic drinks.  Did you know that sugary cocktails, soda, wine, beer, and other acidic beverages can hurt your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay?  Enjoy these beverages on your time away, but also drink more water to help clean your teeth, wash away bacteria, and stimulate healthy saliva production. It is also good to be aware of the safety of your drinking water. In some countries, it is recommended to only drink bottled water. If that is the case, then it is best to brush your teeth with bottled water as well. 
  3. Pack Sugarless Gum
    If you are the type of person that needs something to chew during takeoff and landings on a plane ride or like to have something to chew on during long road trips, then make sure to pack extra sugarless gum. Sugar exposure can lead to tooth decay, resulting in the need for fillings or worse. Carry a pack of your favorite sugarless gum in your carry-on or travel bag so you can relieve ear pressure during takeoff without risking your dental health. 
  4. Check Your Dental Insurance
    Check with your dental insurance provider to see if you will still have dental coverage in your destination city. You can either call your provider or visit their website to search for eligible dentists that are covered by your plan. It is also a smart idea to keep these names and numbers of the dentists handy so that you do not have to worry about looking it up if a dental emergency arises. 

Do Not Forget Your Regular Checkup
It can be scary to deal with any emergency while away from your comfort zone. So treat your regular dental checkup and cleaning as an opportunity to discuss any problems or worries with your dentist, so that an emergency will hopefully be avoided. . If it is about time for your regular checkup, then make sure to fit it into your schedule before your trip so that you can enjoy your vacation.

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