After losing summer vacations in 2020, the thought of the sun, sea, and sand is something we can all look forward to in the coming months. However, with the fallout of COVID-19 still restricting several aspects of our lives, it will be necessary to take extra precautions before and during our adventures.
Given the debilitating impacts that oral discomfort can bring, good dental health should be a priority. Here are some top tips to help you prepare for the upcoming summer travels.
See Your Dentist
It is quite likely that you haven’t visited the dentist for over a year due to COVID-19. Booking an appointment before your vacation is vital. A general check-up will include the polish and clean needed to restore a flowing smile. Meanwhile, there is still time to get used to dentures or complete treatments ahead of your trip.
Either way, a dental examination is key to gaining the physical and emotional benefits that will allow you to enjoy your vacation without dental health concerns.
Maintain Your Dental Routine
Your vacation is a time for letting your hair down. However, it cannot be an excuse to ignore the need for daily dental care. You still need to brush twice daily, floss, and use mouthwash. Therefore, you must pack your dental care products wherever you go. Additionally, it is advised to get a new toothbrush for your travels.
The hassle of trying to find those products once you are in a new city can cut into your vacation time. Unfortunately, ignoring daily hygiene while you’re away can cause discomfort.
Protect Your Lips
Good oral health isn’t all about your teeth. The lips are particularly important too, especially when you are out in the sun for long periods. Protecting them with sun creams or lip products that contain SPF ingredients will work wonders. Once again, the mental benefits are as significant as the physical gains.
In the long haul, you are protecting yourself against oral cancer. In the immediate future, it also prevents blisters and sores.
Think About Your Eating Habits
Eating and drinking your favorite foods is a highlight of any vacation. You should certainly feel free to tuck into those glorious treats, but you should still consider your teeth. Drinking a lot of water is vital as it supports your salivary glands. In turn, this can help wash away sugars to protect your teeth and breath.
Meanwhile, cutting down on sugary foods can help massively. Or, if you are planning to snack throughout your vacation, be sure to clean your teeth 30-60 minutes later.
Finally, it is important to remember that the threats of COVID-19 still loom. Your mouth and nose are the openings that allow the disease to spread. Wearing a mask is still advised in many places, especially if you are not yet vaccinated. Meanwhile, it’s important to clean surfaces and your hands before eating or brushing.
A conscious effort to take precautions will ensure that you’re safe throughout your stay. If you want further advice, get in touch with our team today. Additionally, to learn about what we can do to help, call us today at 281-655-0500.