Summer is here, and that means vacation! While it is a great time to relax and recharge before going back to work or to school, there are a few pieces of advice from your Highland Park, IL dentist that you should follow to avoid a dental emergency that might derail your summer plans.
Most importantly, you need to keep up your good oral habits. Vacation from work and school does not mean a vacation from brushing and flossing. Resist the urge to go to bed without brushing or let your good habits lapse over the summer.
Be sure to let your toothbrush dry out when you travel. Repacking the toothbrush in a travel bag can actually be harmful. The ADA explains that a wet toothbrush welcomes bacteria which can then enter your mouth when you brush. While you travel, either leave your toothbrush out to dry or keep it in a well-ventilated travel container.
Just as important as cleaning your teeth, it is also important to not overdo sweets while you are on vacation. Sure, a margarita by the pool is enticing, but overdoing sugary drinks could lead to tooth decay. A trip to the dentist in Deerfield, IL is great, but you need to take good care of your teeth between visits if you want to maintain good oral health.
A dental emergency is serious, whether you are at home or away on vacation. Just because your dentist in Highland Park is not nearby does not mean that you should ignore a problem. Toothaches, lost teeth, and damaged jaws are conditions that need attention and will only get worse if you wait until you get home to seek treatment. Before leaving for a vacation you should make sure you have access to all of the information you might need in case of an emergency. If you have dental insurance, this information could help you find a provider in your coverage network.
If you have any other questions about toothaches, or about oral hygiene in general, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.