In the same way that the holiday mood can lure you into a false sense of security when it comes to taking it easy in many areas of your life, going on a trip can mislead you into thinking you can get away with neglecting certain personal responsibilities like taking care of your oral health. We lead such hectic lifestyles by default these days that every one of us pretty much needs to establish something close to a tailored dental health routine.
Don’t let what is meant to be something good for you, by way of some time away on the road, turn into an event which deals some damage to your oral health routine. Put into place measures which will make sure you continue to take care of your dental health while travelling.
Plan for any mandatory dental consultations
If your oral health routine requires you to visit your dentist a certain number of times, with one of those upcoming visits falling within that period over which you’ll be away, don’t just skip the consultation and hope for the best. Make plans to consult, even if it means confirming with your local orthodontic clinic to facilitate a referral at your destination. Some dental insurance plans cover such requirements for free, or for a very minimal fee, especially around any identified need to perhaps get some specialised treatment subsequent to that upcoming consultation.
Otherwise if paying out-of-pocket for a check-up is what it’ll take to cover that scheduled consultation, so be it. Just don’t skip any of them.
Sine you’ll likely be on the move a lot more than what your body is accustomed to, along with the effects of a different climate, make sure to stay adequately hydrated as part of practicing good overall health. On the level of dental health, some of the water you consume is what helps produce the saliva that lines your teeth and protects them from all manner of corrosive elements such as those found in your food, in the air, etc.
Practise good basic oral care habits
Brush twice daily, as you would when back home. Never skip, even if it means having to rinse your mouth out with a bottle of water on the side of the road. When it’s time to brush, it’s time. If you have to adjust to a different time-zone then the mandatory morning brush will be at a different time, otherwise try to maintain the same time schedule as your regular one when it comes to brushing. Do not brush more than twice a day though, because that works against the natural mechanisms of maintaining good oral health.
Watch what you eat
This is something you should be doing as part of your regular lifestyle, but it may become more of a pressing issue to consider when travelling, given how easy it is to get caught up in the mood. For instance, you might have those braces which are fitted at the back of your teeth, but you’ll be the one who has to deal with trying to clean your teeth of some food which is notoriously unfriendly with braces!
Generally, just eat healthy food, but exercise some discretion when it comes to something like spinach, which is indeed otherwise healthy.