Summer vacation is right around the corner. While it is a great time to relax and recharge before going back to work or to school, there are a few pieces of advice from your Carlsbad dentist that you should follow to avoid a dental emergency that might derail your summer plans.
First, you need to maintain your good oral habits. Vacation from work and school does not mean a vacation from brushing and flossing. Resist the urge to go to bed without brushing or let your good habits lapse over the summer.
When you travel be sure to let your toothbrush dry out. Repacking the toothbrush in a travel bag can actually be harmful. The ADA explains that a wet toothbrush welcomes bacteria which can then enter your mouth when you brush. While you travel, either leave your toothbrush out to dry or keep it in a well-ventilated travel container.
As important as it is to keep cleaning your teeth, it is also important to not overdo sweets while you are on vacation. Sure, a margarita by the pool is enticing, but overdoing sugary drinks could lead to tooth decay.
Whether you are at home or on vacation, a dental emergency is serious. Just because your dentist in La Jolla is not nearby does not mean that you should ignore a problem. Toothaches, lost teeth, and damaged jaws are conditions that need attention and will only get worse if you wait until you get home to seek treatment. Before leaving for a vacation you should make sure you have access to all of the information you might need in case of an emergency. If you have dental insurance, this information could help you find a provider in your coverage network.
If you would like more information on caring for your teeth while on vacation or to schedule a visit at our La Costa dental office, contact the staff at Solana Family Dental. Our friendly staff will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (858) 345-4497 to make an appointment today.