How to protect your teeth when travelling

The weather is heating up, the kids are out of school, and many of us are on break from work. It’s vacation time! Whether you’re hopping on an airplane to enjoy a tropical location or you’re road tripping with the family, it’s important to still take care of your oral health. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some easy ways to protect your teeth while having a blast on your vacation. 

Tips to protect your teeth

Get a dental check-up before your vacation

Your regular dental check-up is an opportunity to prevent the hassle of finding a dentist at your holiday destination for something that could have been avoided. If it’s time for your bi-annual check-up, then fit it into your schedule before your departure. You can book an appointment with JJS Dentistry here.

Uphold your daily oral hygiene routine

You may be on vacation, but your oral hygiene isn’t! Remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. If you have a small suitcase, consider buying travel-sized items. Be sure to pack your toothbrush in a separate, sealable plastic bag and air dry it when you get to your destination. Forgot your dental kit? You can always pick up these from a corner store when you arrive at your destination.

Be conscious of what you eat and drink

You may be tempted to overindulge when you’re on holiday, but this can negatively impact our oral health. Not to worry- a few simple swaps will keep your mouth healthy, and you’ll still get to enjoy some of your favourite treats! Replace sugary foods with fruits and yoghurt, and alcohol and cool drinks with water or pure fruit juice (check the label to see if it’s 100% fruit juice with no added sugar). Add some veggies into the mix instead of simply carbo-loading. It’s okay to spoil yourself and your family with a treat here and there; just don’t go overboard. 

Find clean water sources

When travelling overseas, it’s important to be aware of the safety of the drinking water. In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. For this reason, it’s recommended to only drink bottled water if you’re travelling in a third-world country. If bottled water is safer, then it’s also best to brush and rinse your mouth with bottled water. 

Prepare for dental emergencies

Before planning your trip, ensure that you know where the nearest hospitals and dentists are. For emergency dental advice, Dr JJ Seerfontein is reachable on +27 82 612 4834. While we may not be able to consult with you in person, we could possibly give you advice over the phone. However, dental emergencies will require a visit to the nearest hospital or dentist. 

Wear a mouthguard for protection

Did you know that chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage and staining on our teeth? This is because chlorine has a higher pH level than saliva and the salivary proteins decompose quicker, leading to the formation of brown tartar. If you’re planning on swimming, then wearing a mouthguard may be wise. In addition, when playing a contact sport such as soccer, basketball or rugby, a mouthguard will protect your teeth against blows to the mouth. 

Book an appointment to protect your teeth

The festive season is a time for fun and spending valuable, quality time with your family and friends. You can have a ball of a time while still taking steps to maintain your best oral health. If you’re in need of a dental check-up and cleaning after your holiday splurges, book an appointment here for the new year. For an even brighter and whiter smile, consider trying our in-office teeth whitening procedure.

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