“We’re going on vacation!”
These words elicit thoughts of relaxation, good times, and getting away from the daily stresses of life. Whether you’re escaping the snowy cold of winter to visit a sun-drenched climate or making the most of the months when the kids are on summer holidays, a vacation offers the opportunity for happy smiles and great memories all around.
Vacation and Oral Health
While on holidays, oral hygiene may not register as high on your priority list as applying sunscreen and staying hydrated by the pool—but it’s an important habit that should be maintained nonetheless. Why?
Because when it comes to oral health, the fact that you’ve decided to take some time off doesn’t mean bacteria, plaque, and gum disease agree to halt their relentless attack against your teeth and gums. In fact, travelling, increased food/drink consumption, and making the most of the various tourist attractions along the way can all-to-easily disrupt a regular oral health routine.
Steps to Healthy Vacation Smiles
What can you do to help make sure your teeth enjoy your vacation time as much as you do? Consider three easy but important steps:
- Added Protection—In addition to your regular oral health care kit, bring along an extra travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. That way, your family is ready to keep their smiles clean and healthy no matter what crazy schedule your vacation may present.
- Visit Your Dentist—Encountering major tooth problems while on vacation is a sure way to dampen the good times. Of course, you’re likely not inviting your dentist to join you on the family getaway “just in case.” So what’s a better plan? Regularly schedule a professional teeth cleaning and exam every six months to help address any oral health issues early, and to help them from developing into more serious issues. If you’re planning an extended trip away from home, see your dentist beforehand so your oral health allows you to enjoy your holiday time uninterrupted.
- Don’t Make Excuses—Avoid the mentality that brushing your teeth is somehow less urgent because you’re feeling tired after a late night with friends, you’re just lazing by the pool, or because you’re planning a down-day back at the hotel. Remember, corrosive plaque doesn’t take the day off just because you decide too.
Share these reminders with your friends who are planning a vacation getaway, and book your next cleaning and check-up with our leading Chicago area dentist, Dr. Thomas Jackson today. We can help make sure your oral health stays in tip-top shape, allowing you and your smile to make the most of your much deserved vacation.