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Caring For Your Teeth On Vacation
With this holiday season coming up, vacation planning is a hot topic. While you’ll be relaxing and having fun, your oral care never takes a day off. Although a dental emergency can happen at any time, a bit of preparation before traveling can serve as a big relief. Here are some simple tips on how to look after your dental health during your travels.
Before you Travel
- Schedule regular 6 month dental check up visits to help preserve your oral health and nip potential problems in the bud, before they get out of hand.
- Discuss any dental issues with your dentist. Most dental problems should be addressed before they become emergencies, while many optional procedures can be delayed until your return.
- Ensure that you have received your Hepatitis B vaccination before you travel. Accidents happen, but if you require medical or dental treatment while on vacation, this vaccination is important to prevent infection.
What to Pack:
- A toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss.
- A clean, ventilated toothbrush container.
- Sugarless gum - It helps to offset acidity level and increase saliva flow to wash away food particles. If you’re not able to brush after a meal, chew a piece of sugarless gum in the mean time.
- If you are bringing your electric toothbrush ensure, make sure to bring the correct adaptive device to charge it.
- Pain relievers, like ibuprofen or Advil.
What To Avoid:
- Using your teeth as a tool to open bottles, remove tags, crack hard nuts, etc.
- Questionable/ unfiltered tap water to brush your teeth; use bottled water or Listerine instead.
- Chewing on ice cubes or hard foods/ candies. Be careful with food that can easily get stuck between teeth.
- Emergencies: call your dental insurer to find out if your policy covers dental treatment out of state. Know what your plan’s limitations are and what dental claim forms need to turned in.
Best Natural Smile hopes that with a little prudence and precaution, your time spent away from your day-to-day routines will be full of happy smiles and wonderful memories. If you have any questions or concerns regarding preventative care, please call our Santa Monica dental practice at 310-359-8444. Happy traveling!
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