July 30, 2019
You’re sitting on the beach with your family, enjoying life to the fullest. Out of nowhere, a searing pain shoots through your mouth. You feel around with your tongue, and discover a huge painful cavity in one of your teeth! How could this have happened? Maybe you didn’t stick to a dental routine this summer like you had planned. Let’s look at 5 steps to take to make sure your teeth stay healthy while you’re on vacation this summer.
1. Pack a Travel Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Floss
It’s a bit hard to take care of your oral health when you can’t brush or floss! Be sure to pack some supplies with you. If you forget, there’s no telling when or where you’ll be able to buy another one. It’s best to always be prepared.
2. Limit Sugary Snacks and Drinks
A lot of us tend to stray from our diets when we’re on vacation. Unfortunately, that can hurt more than our waistlines. Popular summer foods and beverages can coat your teeth in sugar that can increase your chances of getting cavities. Substitute candy for fresh fruits and veggies or low-sugar snacks, and sugary drinks with water.
3. Rinse with Water
Speaking of water, you can’t really get too much of it during the hot summer months. After you eat, make sure to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, as that could actually wear down your enamel and leave you more vulnerable to sensitivity later on down the road. Instead, rinse your mouth out, or drink, water after you eat. Water helps stimulate the production of saliva, which washes away bits of excess food that can increase your risk of getting cavities.
4. Don’t Chew on Ice
Chewing ice is a popular way to cool off in the summer, but it actually does more harm than good. You can actually chip a tooth while chewing on ice. A dental emergency like that is no fun, especially when you’re out of town on vacation. You can still cool down by sucking on the ice instead of biting. Or, if you simply can’t resist the temptation, consume chilled drinks without ice.
5. Visit Your Dentist
Summer is as good a time as any to visit your dentist. If you see your dentist right before you go on vacation, he or she can diagnose any problems that might arise while you’re traveling. For example, you might have a small cavity that only your dentist could notice. You wouldn’t want that cavity to cause a major toothache when you’re on the beach! Seeing your dentist before a vacation is always a good idea.
Keeping your teeth healthy while on vacation isn’t that hard at all. Just follow these steps, and your teeth will thank you later.
About the Practice
The four doctors at Wayne Family Dentistry have been helping the community in and around Wayne, PA achieve the healthy, beautiful smiles of their dreams for more than 20 years now. We provide a wide variety of quality services to our patients, including preventive dentistry to make sure problems don’t come up while you’re on vacation. To learn more, contact us at (610)-688-4578.
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