Oral Health Care
Weather in Chicago is finally starting to warm up and most us are making plans for a summer vacation. When people think of vacation first thoughts that come to mind are relaxations, good times, and taking a break from daily routine. Whether you’re escaping to a sunny destination or making the most of the months when the kids are on summer holidays, a vacation offers the opportunity for happy smiles and great memories all around.
Vacation and Oral Health
While on vacation, oral hygiene may not be on top of your mind as applying sunscreen or packing your favorite swimwear. You should never take break from taking care of your teeth. Just remember bacteria, plaque, and gum diseases don’t halt their relentless attack against your teeth and gums while you’re on vacation. In fact, traveling, increases food and drink consumption, and making the most of the various tourist attractions along the way can all-to-easily disrupt a regular oral health routine.
Here are some simple steps to healthy vacation smiles:
1. Added Protection – In addition to your regular oral health care kit, bring along an extra travel-size toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. That way, your family is ready to keep their smiles clean and healthy no matter how busy you are where you go.
2. Visit Your Dentist – Toothache or any other oral issues while on vacation is a sure way to dampen the good times. You should always visit your dentist every six months for regular professional teeth cleaning and exam to help address any oral health issues early, and prevent them from developing into more serious issues. If you’re planning an extended trip away from home, come see Dr. Tanquilut beforehand so your oral health allows you to enjoy your vacation uninterrupted.
3. Don’t Make Excuses – Avoid the mentality that brushing your teeth is somehow less urgent because you’re feeling tired after a late night with friends, you’re just lazing by the pool, or because you’re planning a down-day back at the hotel. Remember, corrosive plaque doesn’t take the day off just because you decide too.
Below are few tips handling a dental emergency when you’re far from home:
Throbbing Toothache – Try brushing and flossing to ease the pain; the issue could be simply that a piece of food is nestled in an uncomfortable spot between your teeth. If that is the case, try to gently remove the object with dental floss. If it still hurts, stick to soft foods, try an over-the-counter pain reliever, or dip a cotton ball in clove oil and insert it on the affected area until you can get to a local dentist.
Bitten Lip or Tongue – Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Lost Filling or Crown – Dental wax will work to keep the sharp edges of your tooth from bothering you. If you can, save the crown or filling, and if you happen to have denture adhesive handy, you can use it to temporarily reattach the crown until you can get to a local dentist.
Broken Tooth – Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to a local dentist as quickly as possible.
Broken Jaw – Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Visit a hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
Share these reminders with your friends who are planning a vacation getaway, and book your next cleaning and check-up with Randallwood today. We can help make sure your oral health stays in great shape, allowing you and your smile to make the most of your much deserved vacation. Call us today at (630) 280-3774 or via the contact form on our website at www.randallwooddental.com to schedule your next appointment. Our office is conveniently located to serve patients in St Charles, Geneva, and Batavia area.