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4 Tips to Prevent Dental Emergencies During Summer Vacation

July 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bridgemill @ 3:29 pm
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Have you been planning on traveling or visiting the beach for summer vacation? If so, you’ll likely want to ensure you look and feel your best, especially when it comes to your smile. The last thing you’d want is a dental emergency during your getaway. While these can often be unpredictable, there are preventive measures that can lower your risks. Read on to learn several tips to prevent dental emergencies from ruining your long-awaited trip!

Tip #1: Schedule a Checkup Before Heading Out

One of the first things you can do to reduce your chances of an urgent dental situation is to visit your dentist beforehand. By monitoring your oral health, they can provide the necessary treatment for any developing issues they may detect. Whether you have mild jaw pain or slightly sensitive teeth, you can get it addressed ahead of time so that you can enjoy your vacation worry-free!

Tip #2: Keep Up with Good Dental Hygiene

With all the fun you’ll probably be having during your time away, it can get easy to forget to maintain proper oral hygiene. However, by brushing your teeth every morning and evening, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash regularly, you can keep your pearly whites safer from more serious health issues, like cavities and gum disease. Be sure to pack extra toothbrushes or toothpaste to ensure your cleaning products are in reliable condition to maintain your smile.

Tip #3: Pack Plenty of Healthy Food Options

Summertime typically involves numerous tasty treats that are nourishing and enjoyable. Many of them are also high in sugar content, such as ice cream and frozen yogurt, which can increase your risk of decay or infection. For this reason, you’ll want to reduce how often you consume foods like candies, cookies, and sodas. Instead, try packing healthier snacks such as fruits, veggies, and bottled water.

Tip #4: Bring an Emergency Dental Kit

Although you might take precautions, dental emergencies can still happen when you least expect them. Even so, you can be prepared for these situations by packing a small, portable kit containing the following items:

  • Gauze pads
  • A handkerchief
  • Saline solution
  • A small container with a lid
  • Pain relievers, or Ibuprofen (but not aspirin, which can cause persistent bleeding)
  • Your dentist’s office phone number

By practicing these several tips, you can be sure to enjoy your summer vacation with little-to-no hiccups along the way! Speak with your dentist if you’d like to schedule a checkup, and they’ll be glad to help you get your pearly whites ready for your trip.

About the Author

Dr. James Candon graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He’s also a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry and he regularly seeks advanced training to expand his skills. He provides a wide selection of comprehensive treatments, including dental checkups/cleanings and emergency dentistry to preserve your oral health. If you’d like to schedule an appointment before a trip, feel free to visit our website or call 803-650-3925.

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