With summer already in full bloom many families are on vacation or planning to go in the coming weeks & months. There are several things to consider in order to maintain good oral health for your children, particularly during summer trips & vacations.
At Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help with any and all common child related dental issues. We also have some tips and expertise to offer in regards to summer vacations. Family vacations and time together is obviously very important, however don’t let this come at the expense of your child’s oral health & care. Here are a few important areas to consider before you step on a plane or into the car for a vacation.
Items to Pack
Here are some items to remember, from some basics to a couple you may not have considered previously:
- Toothbrush: Even on vacation, children should be brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time. It is a good idea to pack your toothbrush in a clean travel case to prevent it from as many germs as possible. These cases also keep the head and bristles of the brush clean even when it’s packed away for traveling.
- Toothpaste: It’s easy to find travel-size toothpaste at most grocery or convenience stores, and these should be okay for travel on airplanes. Be sure to select ADA-approved toothpaste above other types.
- Floss: Children should be flossing at least once a day. Travel packs of floss are readily available at grocery or convenience stores. There are also sets of floss picks you can purchase that make it easy to floss at any time, even if there’s no access to a bathroom.
- Gum: Chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol can help keep breath fresh while also protecting tooth enamel. A piece of gum can be a sweet treat after a meal that can also help with oral care.
Finally, while there are several good reasons to always have water with you on a vacation, oral care might be the very best one. Not only does water keep you healthy and hydrated, it also helps produce saliva that’s vital for cleaning the teeth and maintaining pH balance. Swishing water around in your mouth is a good compliment to brushing and flossing.
For more on observing proper child oral care during your vacation, or to learn about any of our pediatric dental services, speak to the staff at Salt Lake Pediatric Dentistry today.