Keeping your son or daughter’s smile healthy at home is hard enough, but when you’re on vacation, it can be an even greater challenge. Whether your children are more energetic, your schedule is busy, or you don’t have the supplies that you need, oral healthcare while on vacation can be tough. Thankfully, your pediatric dentist has a few expert tips to share, which will ensure that you and your loved ones stay healthy while having a fun vacation.
Watch What You Eat
Vacation is a great time to indulge in fantastic foods, but fun trips and holidays are often jam-packed with sugary snacks. You and your family can still eat all of your favorites, but it’s important to know that sugar can affect your smile by causing decay and gum disease. Even just rinsing your mouth out with water after consuming a sugary candy or drink can help protect your teeth against the heightened risk of oral health issues.
Pack the Necessities
Because there is now travel-sized toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash, there’s no excuse not to bring all of the oral hygiene tools that you need. Because these items are often easy to forget, it’s worth investing in a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss that’s just for traveling. Now, no matter the plane, train, or automobile, you’ll be ready to keep your smile healthy. It’s a good idea to buy all of your family members’ brushes at the same time so that you can keep track of them. Brushes should always be replaced every 3 to 4 months.
You should also keep in mind the cleanliness of your toothbrush. It’s easy to keep it clean at home but traveling may make things more complicated. Find a place where you’re staying to let your toothbrush air dry. Storing it in a closed space will promote the growth of bacteria, which will put you at higher risk of infection and decay.
Stick to a Routine
Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean that you should break up your normal oral healthcare routine. In fact, the best step that you can take for you and your family’s smiles while vacationing is to keep up with your regular brushing and flossing. Plus, because you’ve packed all of your essentials, you’ll be ready for your morning and nighttime oral healthcare.
See Your Dentist Before Departing
Especially if you’re traveling for an extended period of time, it’s a good idea to bring everyone in for a routine checkup and cleaning. This will detect any oral health issues while they’re still small, so you or a loved one doesn’t have to deal with a traumatic dental emergency while away from your trusted dentist.
Are you ready to have fun while maintaining positive oral healthcare? Use these tips to get out and about with your family while keeping their smiles as healthy as possible.
About the Practice
At Brookwood Dental Associates, we have a team of 7 dental specialists who each bring their own background and training to the practice. This allows us to treat patients of all ages under the same roof. For any questions, they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (215) 368-2424.