It’s summer again! After months of staying indoors and bundled up, it’s finally time to start planning vacations and road trips. If you’re all geared up to go on a trip, here are a few tips that will help you keep your smile healthy and bright no matter where you go, or how long you’re gone for.
- Visit your dentist before traveling: Even if it isn’t exactly time for your routine dental check-up just yet, call the office and book an appointment just in case. Have your dentist assess your oral health, and to check for any signs of caries or the need to perform scaling. This way, you can be sure that no tooth sensitivity issues will bug you when you’re out sampling cold desserts or warm beverages, and you steer clear of dental pain and infection as well.
- Pack wisely: Always keep your toothbrush, and a travel-sized tooth paste handy in your carry-on bag. Long flights/road trips mean constant snacking and disrupted routines, both of which can take a toll on your oral health. Instead of constantly relying on mint gums, try brushing your teeth when you get the chance. This will ensure thorough cleaning, right halitosis, and keep caries-causing bacteria at bay.
- Don’t forget to floss: While you may not be able to take time out to floss while you’re traveling, you may want to get to it once you’ve settled in. While brushing can help you achieve good oral hygiene, the bristles of a toothbrush simply cannot reach the tight spaces between the teeth where pieces of food get lodged. Flossing can easily dislodge this debris and ensure deep cleaning, as well as prevention of a number of oral infections.
– Maintain your oral hygiene routine: You may find this one particularly tricky to manage, but one cannot stress enough on the importance of maintaining your oral hygiene routine no matter where you are. You’ll find yourself making your way back to your room exhausted at the end of the day, but do not skip brushing and flossing before going to bed. This will keep your smile camera-ready, and your teeth cavity-free at all times!