As soon as school lets out, it’s difficult to get your family to stick to a routine when every day seems like a new and exciting adventure. You’ve been planning this vacation since the winter and it’s finally here! You can’t wait to relax on the beach and give your little ones exciting memories to look back on as adults. Don’t let a dental dilemma ruin your trip! Instead, follow these four tips from a children’s dentist so you can get the most out of your vacation instead of spending it in their office!
Don’t Forget the Basics
Between making sure everybody has their bags packed, making last-minute runs to the grocery store to pick up supplies, and making sure you’re on time, it’s easy to forget to pack the essentials. If you have extra time, double-check that each of your loved ones has an oral hygiene travel bag with every product they normally use in it. Depending on where you’re traveling, you never know how expensive products will be there, or if they even carry the products you typically use.
Create a Summer Routine
With so many exciting new activities planned on your vacation, it can be easy to get distracted from your daily routine, especially if it’s not concrete. Oral hygiene is vital in preventing oral health problems and emergencies while you’re on vacation. Brushing twice each day for two minutes and flossing daily will help keep decay, infection, and toothaches at bay. Using an antibacterial mouthwash as well can help rinse away harmful bacteria and food debris from tough-to-reach places.
Pack Nutritious Snacks
When you’re on vacation, you don’t have access to a big pantry and kitchen. Instead of grabbing prepackaged snacks that are full of carbohydrates and sugar, try preparing some celery sticks, fresh strawberries, and healthy fruits and vegetables. Not only are these better for your overall health, but fibrous vegetables and fruits that contain a lot of water are great for your teeth and gums. They help reduce the amount of plaque, and won’t contribute to cavities as carbs and sugar will.
Get a Clean Bill of Health with a Checkup and Cleaning
Before you head out of town for your family vacation, be sure to schedule everyone’s semi-annual checkups and cleanings. When you get a clean bill of health from your pediatric dentist or get any necessary treatment, such as a filling, before you leave, you’ll be able to have a worry-free and relaxing time. There would be nothing worse than getting a searing toothache because of an untreated cavity. Not only would it ruin your vacation, but you’d have to hunt down an emergency dentist in a new area that you’ve never been to.
Get the most out of your family vacation by keeping all of your loved ones’ smiles happy and healthy. It’s best to not cut corners on your oral hygiene because it could leave you vulnerable to dental emergencies. Instead, follow these tips from a professional so you can get the most out of your long-awaited trip!
About the Author
Dr. Tera Pollock has been working with children for over a decade. She enjoys giving little ones the treatment and knowledge they need to build great oral hygiene routines that will provide them with happy and healthy smiles into adulthood. As a mother herself, she understands just how much of an impact a positive influence can have on a small smile. For questions or to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning, visit Rowlett Dental Kids’ website or contact 972-475-0301.