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8 Travel Tips for Your Teeth

Make Time for a Check-up Before Travel

The best way to avoid unexpected dental problems when you travel is to prevent them before the happen. Establish a relationship with your dentist and have an open conversation about any of your risks. If you can, schedule your next regular visit a few weeks before a trip, leaving enough time to have any issues taken care of before you depart. A thorough exam with your dentist can help spot any potential problems, and make sure they are addressed. You’ll have peace of mind, and your dentist will have the most up-to-date information on your teeth, including x-rays.

In Case of Emergency…

Have your dentist’s contact information handy in your cell phone or keep a business card in your wallet. As a patient, it is hard to know the difference between something that needs to be treated right away and something that can wait for some more time, this is where a doctor can help. If you have kept up regular visits with your dentist and they have a full record of your health history, they may be able to provide insight over the phone, and may be able to provide better support to help you decide how to address it until you can see a dentist locally or until your trip is over.

In Case of Emergency Overseas…

If you are traveling out of the country and absolutely in need of a dentist, get in touch with the local consulate or U.S. embassy or your hotel concierge. If you have travel insurance, they may be able to help you find a local dentist. Even google and getting information about the nearest dentist would be recommended.

Forget Your Toothbrush?

If you find yourself temporarily without a toothbrush, you can rinse vigorously with water to wash away some of that cavity-causing bacteria. You could also put some toothpaste on a clean washcloth or your clean finger in a pinch. When you finally get to the nearest drugstore, look for a toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If there aren’t any Seal products, buy the softest brush you can find.

Proper Toothbrush Transport

Letting your toothbrush air dry is the best way to keep your toothbrush clean at home, but that’s not always possible on vacation. What’s a traveling toothbrush to do? Keep your toothbrush clean and out of contact with other things in your vacation luggage. Use a clean toothbrush case, or a resalable bag to keep your toothbrush separate from everything else in your luggage. If you use a sealed bag, when you get to your destination, pop it open and let your brush air dry.

Pack an ADA-Accepted Pack of Gum

Chewing sugarless gum can help relieve ear pressure during a flight and help keep cavities at bay on vacay. Research shows that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent cavities. That’s because it gets saliva flowing, which helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria. Sugarless gum with the ADA Seal is guaranteed to do the trick.

When in Doubt, Brush with Bottled Water

If you are in a country where the water supply is compromised – or you’re on a wilderness adventure but aren’t sure how clean the stream is – always use bottled water to brush. What happens if you accidentally get local water on your toothbrush? If the local water is not safe to drink, get a new toothbrush if possible. Otherwise, rinse your brush thoroughly with clean drinkable water.

Get Back on Track After Your Trip

If you have not followed your schedule of brushing and flossing while away, or if your vacation involved indulging in too many sweets don’t worry. The best solution is to jump back into your regular routine as soon as possible when you get home.  “Just get back on your normal routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing when you get home.

Dental Anxiety: 3 ways to stop fearing the Dentist

If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not the only person. The thought that the visit might hurt, or the fact that you haven’t been in a while and you’re not sure what the dentist will find.

Whatever your reason, the right dental team will always make sure you are comfortable while they are taking care of your dental health. The more you delay – or just don’t go – to the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental problems that will make gearing up for future dental visits even more difficult. In fact, seeing your dentist regularly can actually make the entire process – from making an appointment to sailing through it – much easier on many levels.

Use these strategies at your next appointment to help ease your anxiety and strengthen your smile.

1. Let your dentist know what you are feeling…It’s Important

Anyone with anxiety knows sharing your feelings makes a world of difference. If you’re tense or anxious, do yourself a favor and get your concerns off your chest. Your dentist and dental team are better able to treat you if they know your needs.

  • Tell your dentist about your anxiety. Share any bad experiences you may have had in the past, and ask for suggestions on coping strategies.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • Agree on a signal like asking him for a break by raising your hand or something you come up with yourself.
  • If you experience pain even with a local anesthetic, tell your dentist.

2. Think about anything else

Taking your mind off the exam may seem impossible when you’re nervous, but there are some things that that can help distract your thoughts.

  • Wear headphones. If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring headphones so you can listen to your favorite music or audiobook. Some dental offices even have televisions or show DVDs.
  • Occupy your hands by squeezing a stress ball or playing with a small handheld object, like a fidget spinner.
  • Imagine your happy place and visualize yourself at a relaxing beach or garden.

3. Relax Yourself.

Relaxation starts in the mind. Try deep breathing exercises to help relax tension in your muscles.

  • Count your breaths. Inhale slowly and then exhale for the same number of counts. Do this five times while you’re waiting for your appointment, or during breaks while you’re sitting in the dental chair.

Do a body scan. Concentrate on relaxing your muscles, one body part at a time. Start with your head and work your way down to your toes. For example, you can focus on releasing tension starting in your forehead, then your cheeks, your neck and down the rest of your body.

Signs you need to see a Dentist

  • You Have Some Pain : Pain / Swelling in your mouth or around your facial area can mean a lot of things, but be sure to get in touch with your dentist if you experience pain.
  • Your Gums Are Acting Up : If your gums are puffy or tend to bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment.
  • You Try to Hide your SMILE : Don’t be shy about talking to your dentist whether you’re self-conscious about a missing tooth or hoping for a brighter smile.
  • You’ve Previously Had Work Done : If you have fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.
  • Ongoing Medical Issues : Make your dentist part of your team if you have any medical condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive.
  • You are Pregnant : It’s always safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so don’t miss your regular checkup.
  • Having Trouble Eating : Difficulty chewing or swallowing is not something you need to get used to. Try eating soft or liquefied foods until you can see your dentist.
  • Dry Mouth : Always feeling parched could be the sign of a medical issue or a medication side effect.
  • You have been using Tobacco : From bad breath to oral cancer, cigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your overall and dental health.
  • Jaw Pain : If your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up. See a dentist also if you have an uneven bite.
  • Mouth Has Spots and Sores : If there’s something that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth, your dentist should examine any mouth sore that lasts a week or longer. Types of mouth sores include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes. Mouth sores could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from bacteria, viruses or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces, dentures or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.
  • It’s Time For Your Checkup : Even if you don’t have any symptoms listed above, regular checkups are important because they can help prevent problems from developing and treat existing symptoms before they become more advanced.

PREVENTING TOOTH DECAY – TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER SMILE THAT LASTS

Preventing tooth decay starts with good oral hygiene and dietary habits. As you have probably heard, it’s important that you always brush your teeth at least twice a day as well as floss daily. We probably sound like a broken record, but it’s true! Brushing and flossing are your first lines of defense against cavities.

How Does Tooth Decay Happen?

Tooth decay starts when food particles are left behind on your teeth from eating and drinking. Bacteria in your mouth feed off of these food particles and turn them into acid. The acid then eats holes into your teeth. These holes are called cavities. Before cavities get a chance to negatively affect your oral health, we have some preventive dental tips for you to follow!

Preventive At-Home Dental Care

In order to prevent tooth decay, you need to consistently maintain good oral health habits. This includes brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing. It is also important to limit your intake of carbohydrates and sugars. We know this is easier said than done, but remember that eliminating sugary, processed foods and beverages have other health benefits, too, which can help you stay motivated.

Drinking plenty of water and chewing sugarless gum can also help remove food debris from your mouth and encourage production of saliva. Naturally occurring chemicals in your saliva help fight the bacteria and the acid damage they cause!

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Even if your oral hygiene is perfect, it is still a good idea to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleaning at least twice a year. Despite your best efforts, plaque and tartar can still build up and cause damage in areas your toothbrush and floss can’t get to.

Maintaining your regular appointments and teeth cleanings will keep you on a good path for preventing tooth decay. If you are genetically predisposed to gum disease or other oral health issues, it is important that you do not skip any appointments with your dentist. Some people don’t realize that taking good preventive dental health steps early can even save you money and prevent expensive restorative dental care in your later years.

Preventing tooth decay is essential to keeping all of your natural teeth and maintaining a healthy smile. For more information about your oral health, or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today.

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