Do you have plans for an upcoming getaway? The last thing you want is for a toothache or other urgent oral health problem to ruin your vacation. How can you avoid such a situation and keep your smile healthy? Use these tips for preventing dental emergencies during summer vacation:
Schedule a Checkup
Some people live with an oral health problem for months or years before it develops into an emergency. They might not even know that something is wrong before they start to experience pain. To avoid putting yourself in such a situation, you should schedule regular preventive checkups with your family dentist. If there are any issues present that might lead to an emergency, you may be able to get them treated before you take off on vacation.
Take Steps to Prevent Injuries
Some summertime dental emergencies are the result of failure to pay attention to safety standards. If you play to plan sports during your vacation, you should be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect yourself against oral injuries. A custom mouthguard from a dentist would be ideal, but over-the-counter options can also provide a degree of protection.
Additionally, be sure to be safe when you and your family play in and around the pool. Walk carefully when you are near the water so you do not slip (wearing non-slip shoes is recommended). When you are in the pool, resist the temptation to horse around or perform dangerous stunts.
Go Easy on the Treats
Pies, cakes, cotton candy, sugary sodas, and other sweet treats are common in the summertime. It is fine to indulge yourself once in a while, but be aware of the importance of moderation. Excessive sugar intake is a big risk factor for cavities!
When you do eat something with a lot of sugar, try to brush your teeth 30 – 60 minutes after you finish.
Keep Up with Oral Hygiene
The longer plaque is allowed to stay on your teeth, the greater the risk that it will harden into tartar and lead to cavities. Therefore, it is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Be sure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you when you leave for vacation.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Of course, no matter how hard you try to prevent a dental emergency, it is still possible that one will occur. Save your dentist’s number in your phone so you can seek guidance if anything goes wrong with your teeth or gums.
You should also have a small kit on-hand to help you handle various emergencies. The kit could include gauze, painkillers, an oral analgesic, a small container for lost teeth or lost restorations, and a pair of sterile gloves.
Don’t let a dental emergency ruin your vacation! Use the above tips to maintain a healthy smile this summer.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Erick Anderson is an experienced Colorado Springs dentist who provides general and emergency oral health services. If you have questions about how to prevent or manage an urgent oral health crisis, our team is ready to provide guidance. Contact our office at 719-593-0988.