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How To Keep Your Smile Healthy On Your Vacation

August 1, 2019

It is finally that time of the year when you can get away from your routine, escape from your city, and have a lot of fun with your family: it is vacation time. But even when you are resting and enjoying your time off, it is very important to keep your oral hygiene to prevent issues in the future. We want to help you to keep your smile healthy on your vacation, so we have some tips for you:

Visit your doctor before your travel

If you are about to go on a trip and are having any kind of discomfort on your teeth, do not postpone your dentist visit. Having a dental problem away from home and away from your regular doctor can take all the fun away from your vacation.

 Also, if you are already involved in any kind of oral treatment, visit your dentist before leaving to make sure everything is fine, and you will not have any surprises during the trip.

Pack the essentials for dental hygiene

Being away from home is not an excuse to stay away from your dental hygiene. Even if you are sure you will find everything you need on your destination, take your dental hygiene essential items with you – depending on where you are going, you may not find the brands you are used to or were recommended by your doctor.

So, if you want to keep a healthy smile during your vacation, make sure you packed your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss.

As you probably will not stay in the hotel during the day, it would be a great idea to also pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to keep in your purse or backpack: so you can keep your vacation dental health even when you are exploring new places.

Keep your routine

It is normal to forget about your daily responsibilities when you are on vacation – it is time for you to relax and enjoy, after all. But it is important to keep your oral hygiene routine and keep taking care of your teeth. So, don’t forget to brush after all meals and don’t skip flossing.

Also, if you are traveling with your kids, encourage them to take care of their oral health in the same way you do when you are at home.  

Watch what you eat

If you are exploring a different city – perhaps even a different country or continent – you will probably want to discover new things, such as local culture and culinary. It is great to try different food and escape from your usual diet once in a while, but try to watch what you eat. Too much sugar is not healthy for your teeth (or for you, actually).

When you can’t stay away from the sweets, make sure you brush your teeth after you eat. Also, keep a sugarless chewing gum always with you, so you can chew after you eat something if you cannot brush right away – chewing sugarless gum can help clean your mouth and prevent cavities.

When getting back home, do not forget to visit your dentist – it is always a good idea to have a checkup after some time away.

If you are in Vancouver, come meet Ocean Front Dental: we are always ready to help you to keep a healthy smile – book your appointment now!

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