Do you miss having Christmas lunch with the family and watching New Year’s Eve fireworks lighting up the sky over Gainesville? While the December/January holidays are over, there are plenty more coming up soon—and that means a few more nights of drinks and food that might affect our oral health if we aren’t careful.
Lucky for you, we’ve put together this guide on how to protect your teeth during the holidays so you can have a ton of fun with your close ones without risking your dental health. Let’s dive in!
Pack a Traveler’s Dental Kit
One of the most effective methods of protecting your teeth during the holidays is by packing a traveler’s dental kit. If you’re flying out of Gainesville, you might be able to get one of these on the plane, depending on the airline you’ve booked with. However, if you’re heading on a road trip, it’s worth making your own.
Here are the main items you need:
- A disposable toothbrush
- A traveler-sized tube of toothpaste
- A small bottle of mouthwash
- Dental floss
If you’re looking to go the extra mile, consider throwing in a few disposable dental picks, too (some of them have floss attached for added utility).
Rinse Your Mouth After a Night of Drinking
Rinsing your mouth after drinking is among the most overlooked ways to protect your teeth during the holidays. The optimal solution is to bring that dental kit with you on your drinking adventures—but if you’d rather not use the bar bathroom for a full clean, simply pop the mouthwash into your pocket before heading out.
Once you’ve finished your drinking session, head to the toilet, swirl and/or gargle a bit of mouthwash, and voila.
Schedule a Dental CheckupFor When You’re Back
The last and arguably most effective tip we have for you is to schedule a dental checkup for when you return from your holidays. The dentist will let you know how healthy your mouth is and what procedures you require so you can head back to your daily routine confidently.
It’s important to note that going for a dental checkup before going on holiday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for one after. For best results, go before and after to learn how your holiday and other factors have affected your oral health.
Come See Our Cosmetic and Preventative Dentistry Experts in Gainesville for Thorough Dental Checkups
With our tips on how to protect your teeth during the holidays, you’ll be enjoying time off without worrying about your oral health in no time. For more tips from some of the best dentists in Gainesville, we invite you to drop by Park Avenue Dental.
Our cosmetic and restorative dentists always provide a personal touch whether they’re treating children or adults. We do everything from teeth cleaning and repairs to teeth whitening; All you’ve got to do is fill out our form, and we’ll pencil you in for a consultation.