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Our Top 7 Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Health While Travelling

March break is right around the corner so keep reading for seven tips on how to protect your teeth and gums while you’re on vacation.

March break is right around the corner so keep reading for seven tips on how to protect your teeth and gums while you’re on vacation.

1.  Have a check-up before you check-in

Avoid unpleasant vacation surprises by having a dental check-up before you head to the Calgary airport. Your dentist will be able to spot any issues that could end up ruining your fun in the sun. 

2.  Bring a list of important contacts

It's always a good idea to bring your dentist’s contact information with you whenever you travel. If you run into issues, you can call for advice on whether to seek emergency dental care overseas or book your appointment with an emergency dentist as soon as you get back to Calgary.

3. Maintain your pearly whites

If you’ve recently had your teeth whitened, you’ll have to avoid beverages that could stain your teeth like red wine, coffee and soda for at least 48 hours after the whitening procedure. Drinking through a straw is a good way to protect your pearly whites and still enjoy your vacation because it limits the impact that these liquids have on your teeth. 

4. Pack the essentials

Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and dental floss! If you do happen to forget your brush, always look for the softest toothbrush you can find when you get to your destination. Soft-bristled brushes are preferred because they are gentle on your teeth and gums.

5. Chew sugarless gum

Chewing sugarless gum after every meal is a great way to remove food debris from in between your teeth and keep your breath fresh in between brushing. Chewing gum can also help you cope with cabin pressure as your flight is taking off and landing.

6. Brush with bottled water

If the water quality is questionable where you are vacationing, always brush with bottled water. That way you and your family can stay safe and avoid traveller’s sickness.

7. Book an appointment for when you get back home 

It’s easy to forget about your oral hygiene when you’re away from home and your daily routine. Get yourself back on track by booking a dental check-up and teeth cleaning session with a family dentist from our N.W. Calgary dental clinic as soon as you get home.

Panatella Dental is proud to provide friendly and professional dental care services to patients of all ages. We offer an array of preventative and cosmetic dentistry procedures from teeth whitening, emergency dental care and more, at our clean and modern Calgary clinic. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or to book an appointment.

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