Do you have any vacations planned for this summer? Whether you are visiting family, going camping, taking a road trip, or anything else, it’s important to remember that you can’t take a vacation from your oral health routine. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires consistency, so here are a few tips from the team at American Dental that will help you maintain your oral health routine while traveling:
Caring For Your Teeth While Camping
If you prefer the calm serenity of nature to a crowded resort, you’re not alone. Camping trips can certainly help you reconnect with nature, but they can also make it difficult to maintain your usual oral healthcare routine. If you’re at a campsite with no running water, be sure to bring plenty of bottled water you can use to brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth after meals. Just be sure you spit your toothpaste into an empty bottle and dispose of it properly to avoid littering. You will also want to pack floss or floss picks with your camping supplies in case you get something lodged between your teeth.
Keeping Your Teeth Clean During Air Travel
Long flights can seriously disrupt your usual routine, but if you make sure to pack your toothbrush, travel-size toothpaste, and floss in your personal item bag, you won’t have any problems. Before you get on the plane, be sure to purchase a large bottle of water so you can stay hydrated during your flight. A dry mouth can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so taking this simple step will go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums healthy. This is especially important for international travelers, who could potentially be on a plane for 18 hours or more!
Maintaining Your Oral Healthcare Routine On Road Trips
Some folks crave the adventure that comes along with hitting the open road and going somewhere new. A good road trip can take multiple days, and taking care of your teeth should still be a priority as you travel. Next time you hit the road, pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in an area where it will be easily accessible. That way, any time you stop for gas or a bathroom break, it will be simple to clean your teeth. Once again, staying hydrated is crucial, so bring a cooler with plenty of bottled water as well.
Emergency Dental Care While Traveling
No matter where you are going, or your preferred mode of travel, it’s always a good idea to look up some emergency dental care providers in the area before you leave. If you’re visiting the Chicago area, American Dental would be happy to take care of any dental emergencies you may experience during your trip. Call us at (773) 897-3218 or click “Make an Appointment” to see a list of our 8 Chicagoland locations. We provide general and emergency dental care in Lincoln and other Chicago communities, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us whether you are a local or you are just visiting.