We can all agree that last winter was a particularly chilly one here in Mississippi, and most of us are glad to see the green grass and flip flops.
Only one more month left until the kids are back in school and some of you are in the middle of summer vacation plans. While vacations are an opportunity to relax, your dental health should not be away on vacation. Here are five tips from Jackson Family Dentistry to maintain your oral health routines while on vacation.
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
Your toothbrush – don’t leave home without it.
Stick to your routine — continue to brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss daily. Carry travel-sized packets of floss or dental picks in your purse or pocket if you’ll be out for most of the day. If you’re travelling, a collapsible toothbrush and a roll of floss fit nicely into your purse or carry-on luggage. If you have a summer home or condo, stock up on toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste for the season.
SEE DR. JACKSON BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Book a dental exam well before your vacation.Dr. Jackson can detect problems before you may experience any symptoms, and any necessary treatment can be taken care of before you leave.
If a family member has braces and will be away for several weeks, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with the orthodontist prior to leaving.
If you plan on participating in any sport or activity where there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces — soccer, racquetball or in-line skating in the summer, (or skating, snowboarding or skiing in the winter) — you may want to talk to our office about a mouth guard.
Do your research before your trip on the dental care available in the area where you will be staying. Get the contact information for local dentists and phone ahead for information on office hours. Or, Dr. Jackson may be able to recommend a dentist in the area. This will save you precious time in case of a dental emergency.
Indulging in sweet and sticky foods while on vacation may be fun, but try to minimize the amount you consume. Keep those s’mores around the campfire to a minimum. Best bet? Stick to fruits and vegetables as they contain the essential vitamins and minerals teeth and gums need to stay strong and healthy.
Drink plenty of water, every day. It is the best way to stay hydrated, no matter if you’re sitting on a beach or hiking in the hills.
BEWARE OF THE RAYS
Moderate exposure to sunlight is the best natural source of vitamin D, which is used by the body to absorb calcium and phosphorous, helping to keep teeth and bones strong. However, prolonged exposure to the sun can increase your risk of cancers, including to the lips and the mouth.
When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your nose and lips. Use a lip balm that contains protection against UVA and UVB rays.
HAVE A GREAT TRIP!
Stop by our office before your trip and book your summer cleanings today.
Call us today: (662) 895-7338
3/14/2016 12:12:32 pm
Remembering to bring a toothbrush is important when going on vacation. I usually like to bring cheap disposable ones for the trip. It may be worse at cleaning, but you can just throw it away afterwards instead of having a toothbrush with tons of foreign germs on it.
A couple of my teeth have been aching for the past couple of days but I'm worried because I work too much during the week to go see a dentist. I will be sure to look for practices in my area that can see me at a convenient time so that I don't have to miss work.
6/21/2018 08:27:15 pm
This is some really good information about dentistry. It is good to know that you should cut sweets and sticky foods out of your diet. That is a good thing for me to know because I wouldn't want to worry about getting cavities.
6/29/2018 03:57:52 pm
Thanks for mentioning how a dentist should offer help in an emergency. I also like how you said that they should detect issues early on. My husband and I are looking for a dentist to help us with some gum problems that we've been experiencing.
7/27/2018 03:39:37 am
It’s so refreshing to find a dentist that cares! My tooth was hurting badly and I went in as an Emergency. The Front office was super sweet and understanding and was able to see Dr. Jackson within 30 mins. I was literally in tears walking in and walked out feeling a million times better. Tooth all fixed up. Thank you!!
8/8/2018 07:12:21 am
I really appreciated your tip to try and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables since they have all of the vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your teeth healthy! My son has a bad habit of forgetting to brush his teeth, and I can't be there with him everytime he brushes! I will be sure to try and feed my son more fruits and vegetables to get in him some better habits!
8/31/2018 07:49:26 am
I agree that eating healthy can help your teeth stay healthy. I'll have to be better at incorporating more veggies into my diet. It's good to know that staying hydrated can also help your dental health, like you said.
Putting on sunscreen on my lips is something that I will forget to do. last summer, I did have problems with my teeth while on vacation. I have really sensitive teeth and didn't eat healthy enough. This year, I'm going to utilize dental services before I leave for vacation.
10/26/2018 06:18:15 am
I like how you mentioned being prepared. I am going to the dentist before I go on vacation. Thanks for the dentist tips.
11/24/2018 01:24:57 am
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11/27/2018 02:45:46 am
Great information! The best way to enjoy the vacation is by fully packing all the necessary stuff like brush, paste and all in the side pocket apart from that a dentist appointment is necessary.
Calling a few dentists ahead of time in that area to learn about them would be smart. If you had a dental emergency, knowing already where to go would be a big help! I will keep this in mind the next time we go on vacation! And, I will even pack an extra toothbrush!
12/4/2018 04:56:16 pm
It's so important to see the dentist. Especially when you're about to go on a big vacation, I feel like its crucial to make sure you have no problems to make your vacay as comfortable as possible. I think that's a great idea and I will be certainly doing that before I hit Hawaii with my husband in February!
12/17/2018 11:24:19 pm
My sister will be going on a long vacation and she wants to make sure that her teeth will be in perfect shape. It was explained here that she should bring her toothbrush and visit the dentist before leaving. Furthermore, it's recommended to go to trusted dentists for quality oral care.
1/20/2019 10:31:03 pm
Thanks for the information
1/20/2019 10:32:09 pm
good one keep it up
1/31/2019 11:17:00 am
A great post for me as my family and I are new to the area and selecting a new dentist can be challenging. I feel much more educated on dental procedures as well. My past dentist did not do as good of a job at explaining what various procedures entail so I was always hesitant about proceeding with them. Really appreciate the tips on what to look for!!!
2/8/2019 09:22:10 pm
It's important to take note that dental care is important, even while one is on vacation. The fact about sticking to eating fruits and vegetables due to their high vitamin and mineral content is another fact that keeps not just an individual healthy, it also helps keep the teeth healthy as well. I remember my sister's younger son, who always likes eating sweet things whenever they're out on vacation. I'll be sure to advise my sister about how to properly take care of her son's teeth even if they're taking a trip away from the city.
2/12/2019 01:24:57 am
3/6/2019 03:53:00 pm
I like how you said that sticking to your daily oral health care routine is important, continue to brush teeth and floss twice a day is important since keeping our teeth healthy allows us to be able to enjoy eating while out on vacation. Another thing to consider is that indulging in sweet foods might be good during vacation but try to keep the sweets down to a minimum so that you would have to avoid going to an emergency trip to the dentist should you get a toothache. Now that I know what to do when summertime comes up, I'll be sure to let my family know that continued practice of dental care is important even if we're away from home.
3/12/2019 07:14:18 pm
When my family goes on our annual summer vacation, I'll for sure keep all of the tips you have listed here in mind. I do know that I don't want to forget my toothbrush as my teeth would get quite bad over the course of the week we are gone. I'll also see about going to a dentist before we go just to be sure that everything is okay.
6/21/2019 04:47:35 pm
Eating healthy is a really smart idea to get the right kind of dental care. I know that my sister would love knowing this as she looks into getting dental care. She is trying to take better care of her teeth.
6/28/2019 12:49:21 am
We are all going on a long vacation and my mom wants to make sure that our health will all be in perfect condition, including our teeth. It was suggested here that it will be best to see a dentist before leaving to detect potential problems and what to do in case of symptoms occur. Having said that, it's recommended to go to a trusted dentist for quality oral health care.
7/29/2019 12:28:15 pm
It's interesting to know that moderate exposure to sunlight is the best natural source of vitamin D, that will help you to absorb calcium to keep your teeth strong. My husband and I are going to travel to another country next month, we are looking for advice to take care of our teeth. I will pass this information to him, to let him know that we have to moderate our outdoor time during our trip.
8/7/2019 12:04:32 pm
Thank you for your tip to check out the local dental care for where you are going on vacation. I am actually in need of a dentist right now but I am going on vacation soon. I think I will just go to a dentist before the vacation.
8/29/2019 06:45:47 pm
I like your tip to eat healthy and avoid sugars to protect your teeth. My sister is a pretty picky eater and she doesn't necessarily eat what she should. I'll let her know that eating healthily will help her avoid any unneeded dental visits.
9/12/2019 11:27:48 am
I liked that you mentioned it is imperative to don't forget your toothbrush if you are going to travel. My husband and I are thinking about taking our vacations and we are looking for advice. I will remember to pack our dental hygiene products to keep good dental health while traveling.
10/1/2019 12:41:23 am
Excellent dental tips, maintaining oral health habits and eating healthy foods while on vacation is really essential.
10/2/2019 04:55:22 pm
We'll for sure be prepared when we go on our trip next year. My dad is looking at getting dental implants sometime from then till now. Afterwards, he'll have to be extra careful on the trip as we'll take your advice and for sure eat healthily.
10/11/2019 11:54:12 am
Last month, my sister told me that we'll be going on vacation next summer and we're going on a tour to taste different sweets from pastry shops around the world. Thanks for the tip that I can maintain the general health of my teeth by brushing my teeth at least twice a day. I think I'll go to a dentist before we book our flights so that I can prepare my teeth for the sweet treats that we'll eat.
10/15/2019 06:56:41 pm
I like how mentioned about watching what you eat on vacations as when people go on vacation they can tend to eat differently than they do at home... usually a lot more sugar!
10/15/2019 10:26:05 pm
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10/15/2019 10:27:37 pm
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10/24/2019 12:49:25 am
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11/6/2019 07:50:36 pm
My wife and I are bringing our three-year-old daughter on her first big vacation to the beach next month. It is interesting that you recommend keeping sweets to a minimum. I imagine visiting a dentist regularly will also help you know what you need to work on for dental hygiene.
11/18/2019 11:52:20 am
It seems that my son's baby teeth are all changed into a permanent tooth, and he's been crying for 2 days now because of the pain. Thanks for your reminder about eating healthy food and sticking with fruits and vegetables as they are rich in vitamins and minerals that our teeth need. Moreover, it is highly recommended to consult our family dentist regularly to ensure that there are no existing dental health issues lying in our kids' mouths.
1/28/2020 06:24:47 am
You made a great point that people who go on vacation tend to eat more sweets than they do at home. My wife is getting some dental work done soon, and after that, we will be going on vacation. I'll share the article with her so we can be prepared and visit a dentist for some recommendations.
2/5/2020 04:26:11 pm
You made a great point about your toothbrush so that you can stick to a routine and be flexible. My husband and I are looking for a dental service that can help us since we recently moved away from our old service. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us best.
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2/7/2022 06:06:37 pm
You make a great point about brushing your teeth at least twice a day. I need to get a set of braces. I'll have to consider seeing the dentist this week.
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