At this time of year many people are looking forward to Spring Break and a well-earned rest with family or friends, but if you are going away then don’t forget to look after your dental health in Whitby. Make sure you pack toothbrushes, favourite toothpaste and dental floss and any other equipment you routinely use each day. After all, you don’t want to waste a moment of your vacation shopping for these essentials! While you are away, follow these simple tips for maintaining a healthy mouth.
Attend to Any Dental Problems before You Go
If you or another family member has any niggling dental problems, it’s far better to see a dentist in Ajax before you go. There is little worse than having to deal with a toothache or other dental problems when you are far away from your regular dental office. If you suspect something is wrong with a tooth, book a checkup with us here at Margolian Dentistry before you go, so you can thoroughly enjoy your vacation without any dental discomfort or concerns.
Choose Water over Sugary Drinks
It is easy to grab a pop or juice you are out and about, but sugary drinks are often high-calorie and are terrible for your teeth and especially when sipped over a long period. This gives bacteria in your mouth longer to enjoy the sugars coating your teeth, and they will secrete acid that gradually wears away your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion increases your risk of cavities. Water is a far better choice for staying hydrated, and it will help to wash away food particles and excess bacteria while ensuring your mouth maintains a healthy and neutral pH.
Pack Some Healthy Snacks for the Trip
If you are travelling for quite a while to get your destination, make sure you choose healthy snacks that don’t contain excess sugar. Instead of picking chips, candy or cookies, opt for crunchy celery, carrots, apples or pears that are packed full of vitamins and nutrients. They are a great source of fibre too and chewing them stimulates saliva production. Otherwise, cheese is also a fantastic, tasty and tooth-friendly snack.
Pack a Travel Dental Kit for Longer Trips
When planning a longer road trip or perhaps a longer flight, think about packing a travel dental kit. Any bathroom breaks are a great time to give your teeth a good clean and pack some disposable floss sticks to get rid of anything annoying stuck in between your teeth. Otherwise, make sure you at least have a bottle of water with you to give your mouth a rinse after eating a snack.
Freshen up with Sugar-Free Gum
When you are out and about its harder to brush your teeth after every meal, but sugar-free chewing gum helps to stimulate saliva flow, and the additional moisture washes away leftover food and plaque. Just make sure you don’t chew gum too frequently because the chewing action can place stress on your jaw joints.
Keep up with Your Routine Oral Care
You might be on vacation, but your mouth bacteria certainly aren’t! In fact, they may well be having a bit of a celebratory feast because you’re bound to be eating different foods more frequently and in between meals. However tempting it is to skip your brushing and flossing routine, make sure you don’t because it only takes a few moments to brush at least twice a day and to floss once-a-day. It’s an easy routine that will keep your smile looking great and will help to ensure any trips to your dentist in Oshawa are merely routine checkups.