Holidays are finally in sight, but that does not mean you should stop thinking about dental care. Looking after your teeth on the go is every bit as looking after your teeth at home. In fact, you may need to try a little harder when travelling, as you will not have easy access to your dentist on the road.
Whether you are planning a road trip in South Africa or heading abroad for the festive season, these tips are sure to help you ensure that best possible dental care on the go.
Dental Care on Holiday
Some of our top dental care tips for you to consider before setting off on your holiday include the following:
- Try and schedule a check-up before you leave. This is the simplest way to avoid any complications when you are on the road. As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure. Have a thorough dental cleaning, check that you do not have any sneaky cavities or issues, and get the all-clear from your dentist about a week or so before you head off on your holiday. You can also get advice from your dentist on holiday care if you have implants, dentures or any special dental needs.
- Keep a dental first aid kit in your luggage. This should contain painkillers, cotton wool, dental floss, mouthwash, fluoride tablets (if the water will be poor quality), extra electric or manual toothbrushes and toothpaste, and anything else that you think you may need. You can also include any specialist care items that may be required, such as denture cleaning products or additional elastics or equipment for braces or other orthodontics. It is better to err on the side of caution and pack too much, rather than risk not having what you need when you are a long way from home.
- Avoid sugary and acidic drinks. It is tempting to indulge during your holiday, but just because you are off duty, it does not mean you should put your teeth at risk of dental cavities and other damage. Stay clear of the fizzy drinks and other sugar-laden products. Instead, opt for low-sugar drinks that will not put you at any risk of damage. Water is generally a safe option. If the water quality is poor in your chosen destination, stick to bottled water.
- Prevent tooth damage. Be careful not to try and open packets with your teeth. Just because you are relaxing, you should not attempt anything that could result in an unplanned trip to the hospital or dentist. Avoid biting or chewing anything overly hard or sticky. Take extra care of your teeth to prevent chips, lost teeth and any other kind of tooth damage that could occur.
- Plan for emergencies. Finally, it is a good idea to have a plan in case of emergencies. Make a list of dentists in your holiday destination, keep your first aid kit in easy reach, avoid putting yourself into any position that may damage or weaken your teeth, and, if you have kids, have a plan for them as well. Go over possible scenarios with your kids so that they know what to do if anything happens.
To schedule your final dental check up in Durban before your holidays, contact the Gateway Dental office today. We will ensure that you start your holiday with full peace of mind, knowing that you are getting the best possible dental care.