If there is any word that goes hand in hand with the word summertime, that word would be vacation. The weather is glorious and the kiddies are off school; it’s time to make a mad dash out of the house for a few days. The destination doesn’t really matter. All that matters are making a few memories with the ones you love most during this deliciously delightful time of year. So we pack a few things and off we go…off to spend a few days being carefree. The world is our oyster!
But before you hit the road, take a few moments to prepare for an emergency we never really think about: an oral one. Vacations are all about fun, and the last thing we want to think about is our teeth. Tis the season for ice cream & other amazing summertime treats. From BBQs to travel plans, summertime is definitely a time of year we throw caution to the wind and devour anything that tickles our fancy. Be cognizant of the amount of sugars you intake (carbs and alcohol are also sugars!), also drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep saliva production active. The more saliva you produce, the more protection you’re giving your mouth from cavity-forming bacteria and bad breath. And while it can easily to slip your mind, make sure you pack your dental kit in with your things. Practicing your oral hygiene daily is a top priority when tasting all the delicious goodies at your disposal. No one wants to come home to a mouth full of cavities after a wonderful time away.
If you are more of an active vacationer, you know that keeping protected from the sun is a must, but did you know your lips are even more sensitive to the sun’s rays? Keep some type of lip balm handy for those outdoor adventures. Being active also leads to a lot more accidental mishaps, so be aware of your surroundings at all times. Cracking a tooth on a swimming pool or some other dental emergency could spoil the fun if you aren’t careful. Carrying a dental first aid kit is a pretty smart idea if you are planning to spend lots of time outdoors. It’s also a great idea to have a local dental contact handy in case something major happens and immediate action is necessary. Being proactive on a vacation saves a lot of stress, and isn’t that exactly what you’re there to do?
When you get back from your lovely holiday, make an appointment with your dentist for a quick check-up and cleaning if you didn’t get a chance do it before. Having someone take a look at your teeth after a vacation is always a good idea. Have a great summer!
If you’re considering a vacation and would like to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding dental care while on vacation.
David P. Lunt proudly serves Northridge, Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Winnetka and all surrounding areas.