As summer draws near, families everywhere are preparing for their vacations in advance, wanting to leave little to chance so they can enjoy the time when it comes. While these preparations often include health checkups and stocking up on any necessary medications, Dr. Leibowitz advises you not to forget about your oral health. A vacation from work doesn’t mean a vacation from dental hygiene, and with these tips from your Astoria dentist, you can properly care for your smile while on the go.
Travel-Kit for Your Smile
Toothbrush & toothpaste
If you’re an adult, then you probably don’t need to be reminded to bring your toothbrush and toothpaste with you when you travel. However, unless you’ve just recently switched your toothbrush, Dr. Leibowitz advises buying a new one for your trip. Good dental hygiene dictates that you should change your toothbrush every two months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. Taking a new one can help ensure it remains effective throughout your trip, and will give you the chance to purchase one that will fit in your nifty travel kit. Also, make sure your travelling toothpaste contains fluoride for additional protection against on-the-go foods.
Your dental floss is a fairly obvious necessity, but it’s also small enough to be easily forgotten in the last moments before leaving. To help ensure that it’s not forgotten, pack dental floss into your dental hygiene travel kit long before you leave so it’ll be there when you need it.
Candy, fast food, soda, and other sweet and acidic treats are convenient and typically taste great, but they can wreak havoc by excessively feeding acid-producing oral bacteria and eroding your tooth enamel. Healthy snacks like sugar-free gum and candy, crunchy fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and cheese can help keep your energy level up during your vacation as well as promote a healthier, brighter smile.
A dental travel inspection
Much like your body requires a regular physical examination, so does your smile. You should attend thorough dental checkups and cleanings at least every six months, and especially before embarking on your vacation to make sure that tooth decay or gum disease aren’t an imminent threat.
A Clean Bill of Health for Your Smile with Your Astoria Dentist
To learn more about maintaining your dental hygiene while on vacation, and all year round, call Dr. Leibowitz today. To schedule a dental consultation with your Astoria dentist, call our office today at (718) 728-8320. Located in the 11106 area, we proudly serve patients from Astoria, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the surrounding communities.