Dental health habits should not stop just because of vacation.
Vacation Time Equals Quality Family Time–Even With Toothbrushes!
These are good points from the expert sources. However, at Dentistry for Children, our favorite way to get children to brush and floss regularly is to join them. After all, it only takes a few minutes for mom or dad or both to brush with the kids. In the spirit of fun, it can be a few minutes of quality time that makes good oral health habits, a lifetime investment.
Don’t break good dental habits for the whole vacation. Just One week can be costly. If kids get out of good brushing habits, it will take 6-7 weeks to build the good habits of regular brushing and flossing into a routine again.
On Vacation But In A Dental Emergency? — “Who’re Ya Gonna Call?”
Secondly, be sure to take Dentistry for Children with you! Well, we do not mean literally, but take our contact information with you! Please put our numbers and email address into your Smartphone. Likewise, you could go “old school” and just put our business card in your wallet. Perhaps you should take both measures!
In case of a dental emergency, you can call us. Even over the phone, we can help you with many surprising dental situations. Special Hint: If you travel outside the USA, have a dental emergency, and you need a dentist, be careful. You can get impartial recommendations for local help through the US Embassy. After all, they are your American consulate staff might be more objective in their recdommendation than the hotel clerk.
Deny That Vacation Sweet Tooth–As Much As Possible!
Thirdly, at Dentistry for Children, we know kids are going to crave sugary treats on vacation. Your dentist needs your help to maintain good dental health, so please try not to let this aspect of your vacation get out of hand. Apples, carrots, and cauliflower can be inviting, served crisp and cold, as can many other appetizing snacks. As we always do, we especially urge you to avoid sugary drinks. They are addictive. You don’t want to return home with a new habit that’s bad for your dental health. However, returning home from vacation with the habit of drinking water instead of tea, soda or juice, is a great new habit.
When You Are Vacationing Up A Dental Creek…
Fourthly, if you are up a creek or a mountain without a toothbrush, or if you just forgot it, what do you do? Our advice is to use your finger or a piece of cloth. Be sure you rinse vigorously. By the way, what if you have the brush, but the water is not clean? Aha! Use your drinking water, right out of the bottle or the canteen.
A Vacation Brush That’s Cleaner Than A Whistle! (How To Pack A Brush!)
Fifth, keep that brush clean while you travel! You’d be surprised how simple and inexpensive it can be to accomplish this feat. All you need is a box of resealable plastic bags. When you travel, put your toothbrush, wet or dry, inside the protection of that plastic bag. Experts explain, “Letting your toothbrush air dry is how you keep your toothbrush clean at home, but that’s not always possible on vacation.” What’s a traveling toothbrush to do? There’s a trick answer to this question. Experts have solved this dental dilemma by saying, “Keeping your toothbrush clean and out of contact with other things is more important than making sure it’s dry on vacation.”