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Manage the Trials of Summertime Travel with These Simple Tips

By: | Thursday, June 15th, 2017 | General Dentistry

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

dental exam and cleaning Burke, VAIn any normal day at home, it is easy to remember what to do to maintain a healthy, radiant smile. You brush as you should. Hopefully, you also floss as you should. Additionally, your refrigerator may be filled with foods that foster good health and vitality, including healthy teeth. Something strange happens to most of us when we are away for a day, or for several weeks, our healthy habits go out the window!

Wherever the road takes you this summer, there are a few ways that you can make sure your smile doesn’t suffer.

  1. Bring it with you. Healthy food that is. Just a day of reveling in the convenience of fast food or processed chips and sodas from the roadside market is enough to send your oral health into a tailspin. An alternative that is kind to your wallet and your mouth is to pack healthy, crunchy foods that will cleanse your teeth of plaque while filling the mouth with flavor. Apples, carrots, and celery are examples of teeth-cleansing foods. Water-rich foods like watermelon and cucumber are also advantageous for their saliva-inducing properties.
  2. Sip the day away. We are taught that we should consume plenty of water each day, but we are not taught how to do that. Chugging a big glass of water in the morning is counterproductive. It leads you to assume you have done your fair share when most of that water is eliminated very quickly. Regarding oral and general health, the better practice is to sip water every few minutes. In the mouth, the frequent sipping works toward balancing pH and also diluting residues from previous meals and snacks.
  3. Expect a few surprises. Travel of any kind is bound to expose us to a few new adventures. Some of them pertain to the mouth! If you have ever trekked far from home, you may remember at some point during the long hours that your mouth started to feel, well, dirty. This situation can be managed easily if you have prepared a travel kit containing a toothbrush, floss, and a travel-sized mouthwash.

Aside from taking as many breaks as you can this summer, another beneficial thing to do is see your dentist for a routine exam and cleaning, or for that cosmetic work you’ve been wanting. We’re here to help you. Call (703)750-9404.



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