Hit the Road, but Remember your Smile!


checkup and cleaning houston tx Summertime just so happens to be one of the best times of a year. Soaring temperatures aside, the months of summer tend to naturally incite this desire to unwind, to get away from it all, to reconnect with our family and friends, and with nature. Doing so often means that we travel, sometimes far away from home. The whole point of summer road trips and flights and campfires and the like is to depart from the norm. At the same time, this disruption to the schedule we are so accustomed to can do some damage to the smile.

Travel-planning Done Right

It’s possible to be mindful of oral care regardless of where the road takes you. Here are a few tips to keep you smiling on a day away, or on that thousand-mile trek from home.

  1. Eat right. It’s interesting how our penchant for potato chips seems to take root on the road. The fact is, it’s easy to pick up fast food or snacks from the market at the gas station when fueling up for the next 300 miles. In the end, bad snacking can lead to plaque buildup and even to erosion. Packing your snack basket of celery, carrots, apples, and other crunchy foods can go a long way at gently cleaning teeth, while also feeding you treats that are truly tasty.
  2. Drink right. Sugary and acidic beverages set the tone for erosion very quickly, and yet these are common summertime drinks. Remember the value of water. Keep a bottle of fresh, non-flavored, non-carbonated water nearby, and sip often. Doing so dilutes residue that could damage teeth and cause inflammation along the gum line. It also supports saliva production, which is necessary for mineralization.
  3. Freshen up. You know that feeling you get about halfway through an hours-long trip, the feeling of wanting to chew the whole pack of gum just to freshen up your breath. That feeling. The dirty mouth feeling. Yuck, right? This is an easy fix. Before your journey, put a kit together with a small toothbrush, a roll of floss, and a travel bottle of mouthwash. This kit may save you on more than one occasion.

The easy breezy schedule of summer is a great time to check in with your dentist. Contact Royal Dental to schedule your checkup and cleaning.

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