With spring upon us and summer fast approaching, now is the time to make your arrangements for any upcoming vacations. While most people think of packing and a travel itinerary, it’s important to also keep your oral health in mind.
After all, your teeth will always need proper care whether you’re on vacation or not. But how can you keep your smile healthy if you’re preoccupied at the airport or in the car for hours? Here at Dental Wellness Center, we believe that patients can easily keep their oral health in tip-top shape by implementing a few dental-friendly habits.
Traveling is no time to slack on your oral care routine. In fact, it’s more important than ever to take care of your smile while traveling. Your dental health can suffer during this time for two main reasons:
Forgetting Oral Hygiene: It can be easy to forget daily oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing, when your typical daily routine changes due to travel.
Indulging In Sugary Foods and Drinks: While traveling, most people indulge in sugary foods and beverages that can harm their oral health. A poor diet combined with inferior oral hygiene practices can lead to serious damage to your teeth.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, there are plenty of simple ways to care for your smile. Some of the best tooth-friendly travel tips include:
Barodontalgia, also known as tooth squeeze, is another important concern to keep in mind while traveling. High or low altitudes can affect the body in various ways, including your teeth. Air pockets in your teeth can contract or expand according to the altitude.
Why do your teeth have air pockets? In most instances, there could be small amounts of air in your teeth because of fillings, dentures or crowns. For those in airplanes or scuba diving, this becomes a dental risk. Some of the effects of tooth squeeze include:
Patients who are often exposed to changing altitudes are more likely to experience tooth squeeze. If you travel by plane frequently, this may be a concern you want to discuss with your dentist. This may also be a relevant concern for you if you plan to go scuba diving on your next vacation.
When was the last time you visited our office? For a healthy smile, you should see a dental professional every 6 months. If you’re planning a big vacation, it’s especially important to visit the dentist to address any dental concerns.
Here at Wellness Dental Center, we offer a variety of treatments to give you the healthiest smile possible. To learn more about how we can treat your smile, contact our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Andrey Rossius
Dr. Andrey Rossius
3665 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA