Now that travel restrictions are easing up, you and your family may be more excited than ever to go on a fun trip, especially after the craziness of this past year. Whether you’re flying overseas or taking a road trip across the country, an unexpected oral health issue could easily derail your plans for adventure. Fortunately, taking proper precautions can help you avoid these mishaps while away. Read on for six tips you can follow to prevent dental emergencies this summer.
Keep Up with Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Some people find it challenging to stay on top of their oral hygiene routine while traveling. But forgetting to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily can cause plaque and bacteria buildup, which over time, can lead to severe dental problems. Make sure you remind everyone to continue caring for their teeth to prevent complications from ruining the fun!
Drinking plenty of water during the hot summer months is the best thing you can do for your health. It cleans your teeth and keeps your mouth free of bacteria! Plus, it quenches your thirst and helps your body stay hydrated.
Eat Nutritious Snacks
It’s hard to limit snacking while on vacation, but try to avoid cookies, candies, and chips as much as possible. Instead, swap out the sugary and acidic foods with nutritious ones, like plain yogurt, cheese, fresh fruits, nuts, and carrots – they’ll keep your family’s mouth and bellies happy!
Practice Safe Swimming
Swimming pool accidents are the leading cause of dental emergencies during the warmer months. Running on a slippery deck, diving into shallow water, or even just swimming in a busy pool can all lead to mouth injuries (i.e., a chipped or broken tooth). Make sure you teach and remind your children to follow safe practices to reduce their risk of injury.
Pack a Dental First Aid Kit
Sometimes, accidents can happen despite following every safety measure. Be prepared to handle an unpredictable dental emergency with a travel-sized, portable first aid kit that includes:
- A small, sealable container
- Saline solution
- A clean handkerchief
- Travel-sized bottle of Ibuprofen
- Your dental insurance card
- Your dentist’s office and emergency phone number
Visit a Family Dentist
Don’t wait until after your getaway to see a dentist! Scheduling checkups before leaving allows your dentist to detect any potential issues that could cause complications down the road. Plus, you can enjoy your days off more comfortably, knowing your family’s smiles are as healthy as can be.
Follow these tips to prevent dental emergencies from ruining your vacation. By keeping your smile safe, you can spend more time making memories with your family – not sitting in a dental chair.
About the Dentists
Dr. Blake E. Cure and Dr. Mark R. Smith are proud to have formed a partnership to serve your dental needs more efficiently and effectively. Their combined efforts, skills, and expertise are guaranteed to make your dental experience outstanding. Dr. Cure and Dr. Smith understand dental emergencies can happen without warning, even on summer vacation. If your family is facing a dire situation, we can accommodate your emergency visit right away to provide fast relief. Schedule an emergency appointment via our website or call (970) 356-7474.