9 Spring Break Dental Tips: Keeping Your Family’s Teeth Healthy

March is spring break time for college, kids in school and for adults at work.  While we get excited with the spring break adventures, it is often easy to neglect your dental care.

It is more important to implement daily dental care because breaks from school may sometimes mean a break from the regular routines, including brushing and flossing.

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Bacteria in the mouth do not take a vacation. Taking a break on our dental hygiene will allow the bacteria to thrive, causing more problem for the kids and adults. 

You need to maintain good oral health during spring break and we will help you survive spring break vacation with these tips!

Here are your spring break dental tips!

Tip #1: Get a Routine Dental Checkup

boy listening to dentist in clinic

Getting a checkup and cleaning will not only brighten your smile to show for but also will ensure your teeth are healthy.  Of course, there are those unforeseeable accidents etc., but we can at least make sure your teeth are in top shape. Any immediate concerns that you and your child have can be addressed prior to leaving.  Simple checkup and cleaning will give you peace of mind and get you ready to smile with a glow.

Tip #2: What Will You Do If You Need Emergency Dental Care When Travelling?

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Unexpected emergencies can happen anytime and dental emergencies during vacation is not an exception.  If you need a dentist while you’re on the road or on a trip, use caution when taking recommendations from the hotel lobby. Some hotel lobbies will try their best to help you find the nearest dentist in the location.

You can also outsource help from posting a recommendation online or seek help from your friends and relatives near your vacation destination.  Thanks to the internet, there are numerous reviews online about dental practices in the area. Try to check multiple online review platforms such as Google, ZocDoc, and yelp if your destination is in the US or Canada.  It becomes challenging if the vacation destination is a remote area (this is why dental check up prior to going to such place is crucial)

Tip #3: Look Great With A Blooming Smile While On Spring Break

happy family having spring break vacation

When was the last time you had a dental cleaning?  This alone will brighten your smile. If you need to talk to Dr. Oh or Dr. Estafan about specific concerns or need to improve your smile for a special event during spring break, come in for a consultation.  

Simple at-home bleaching may be all you need to show off your pearly whites.

Tip #4: Choose Water Over Sugary Drinks

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Everybody likes to enjoy a little bit while they take a break. It’s easy to grab a juice or a soda from the gas station when you’re on a road trip. It’s always hard to say no to the kids when they ask for a soda at a restaurant or on the beach.

But remember these cavity-causing drinks are really bad for teeth. Choose water over sugary drinks. Try to bring water bottles for your trip and fill them up as you go.  It’s cheaper, better for your teeth and for the environment.

Tip #5: Grab Snacks That Are Friendly For Your Teeth

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Chips, cookies, and candy are fun, but crispy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, pears, and celery are delicious and can help keep teeth clean. These natural toothbrushes wipe plaque off of teeth, gums, and tongue. They will help you have a fresh breath (which never hurts after a long day of traveling).

Healthy snacks are great for your kid’s teeth. It also helps your kids avoid mood swings that go along with junk food.

Tip #6: Choose Sugar-Free, Xylitol Sweetened Gum

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Zero sugar gum stimulates the flow of our saliva which washes away sugar and leftover bits of food between the teeth.

Another benefit of chewing xylitol is when you are traveling by air or driving to the mountains. The changing air pressure can be painful for kids as their ears adjust. In addition to keeping teeth clean, chewing gum can also help relieve discomfort.  To wash away sugar and leftover bits of food you can have a sugar-free, xylitol-sweetened gum, it stimulates the flow of saliva and removes plaque from the teeth.

If you are traveling to the high altitude mountains, the air pressure can be just as painful for kids (and adults), it can affect their ear due to the elevated atmospheric pressure. Chewing gum can also help alleviate discomfort and it cleans your teeth.  Also, it can be a great adjunctive strategy to keep the teeth clean in between brushing.

Remember to choose one sweetened with xylitol. (insert xylitol article here). And bear in mind most mainstream sugarless gums are sweetened with sorbitol – an artificial sweetener that does not reduce the bacterial activity.

Prepare a pack of gum for your kids. Challenge them to a bubble-blowing contest. This will help the kids with their boredom and will be too busy for bickering!

Tip #7: Maintain Your Regular Brushing and Flossing Routine

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Staying in new and unfamiliar places shouldn’t be a challenge for you from dealing with your teeth and gums.  Remember to brush and floss regularly despite the altered schedule. We do not want to develop dental problems over the vacation.

Tip #8: Temporary Dental Crown Travel Care

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Traveling with a temporary crown is never a perfect situation but is sometimes unavoidable. Inferior temporary restorations are known to fall out easily.

However, well made temporary crowns or filling can last based on the dentist’s skill and thoughts that go into fabricating a temporary crown.  

It’s best to consult with your dentist about your situation.  Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan will make sure the temporary crown and fillings can last throughout the trip by using their prosthodontic skills and best materials possible.  

If the temporary crown does fall out, it’s best to have it cemented by a dentist.  Do not attempt to cement with denture adhesive (doesn’t hold and can cause decay) or over the counter cement.  One could do more harm than good. Please don’t use Krazy glue.

It might sound ridiculous, but Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan have had to fix many problems related to patients use of Krazy Glue.

Avoiding foods — like salt water taffy or other sticky treats would be ideal and try not to chew on hard things.

Tip #9: Your Toothbrush Storage Matters

traveling with kids on spring break

Proper dental hygiene doesn’t just mean brushing twice a day! How you store your toothbrush is part of the hygienic routine. Dental hygiene also means taking care of when you pack and transport your toothbrush.

Small plastic bags are often fine for transporting; just make sure that you dry your toothbrush after using it and before placing it in the plastic bag. Then, once you’ve reached your destination, take your toothbrush out of the bag and let it air dry to keep bacterial growth at bay.

And if you need to buy a brush while on vacation, choose one that is recommended by your dentist or one that is with American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. If that’s not possible, be sure to purchase one with soft bristles.

You can check out the top 5 toothbrushes recommended by Dr. Stella Oh and Dr. Ash Estafan:

If you happen to spend a vacation in Manhattan New York, Dr Stella Oh and Dr Ash Estafan at Madison Avenue Dentists can get you back to your vacation in no time. Visit us and book an appointment here.

Personalized Dental Care from Madison Avenue Dentists

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If you’re looking for top-notch dental care in Manhattan New York, consider making Madison Avenue Dentists as your home practice!

Our compassionate team is willing to go the extra mile to help you keep your smile healthy, no matter where life takes you.

Are you ready for a little “spring cleaning”? Call us at +1 212-688-0103 or use our online link to schedule an appointment.