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Healthy Smile Tips For Your Spring Vacation! [BLOG]

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If you’re getting plans together for an upcoming spring vacation, our team at Shook Dental Care wants to give you some helpful tips so your smile doesn’t pay the price!

You can learn more about how we can help you avoid dental problems, get help for emergencies, and remove disease-causing buildup by coming in for a cleaning and exam after your trip.

Until then, keep these tips in mind!

3 Ways To Protect Your Smile During Spring Vacation

No matter what season it is, vacation allows us to rest, replenish, and rejuvenate.

But as pleasant and relaxing as it is, vacation has a way of interfering with those daily health habits you’re otherwise pretty consistent about. You stay up later, sleep in longer, and sometimes slack on daily oral hygiene, especially when it comes to flossing.

You can keep your smile healthy despite the changes to your normal routine with these tips in mind:

*Get Dental Treatment Out Of The Way First*

Usually before a big vacation, you try to get certain things out of the way so you won’t have to worry about it while traveling.

You might get a haircut, or maybe you’ll finish paying the bills a little early this month.

Do yourself a favor and put any necessary dental treatment on your list of pre-flight plans.

You wouldn’t want to be sipping on a refreshing cocktail on the beach dealing with tooth sensitivity. You don’t want a tooth weakened by decay to finally break during a romantic candlelit dinner.

It’s always a good idea to get dental treatment out of the way, and allow time for healing so you don’t have to worry about being in pain or running into problems with your dental work while traveling.

*Know Where To Find Emergency Dental Care*

It’s not easy to find emergency care when you injure a tooth, unless you already know about our services at Shook Dental Care, of course!

But when you’re traveling, you’re already at a disadvantage when faced with a dental emergency because, chances are, you’re unfamiliar with the area.

Take some time before you leave and do some online research of your travel destination. If you have contact information saved in your phone should you need dental treatment fast, you won’t need to worry about where to go when and if you need help. It could get you out of pain, save your smile, and your vacation!

*Your Vacation Diet Doesn’t Have To Spoil Your Smile*

You often hear, or say yourself, “Hey, I’m on vacation,” any time you let yourself splurge on a second helping of cheesy casserole or that extra scoop of ice cream.

And why not? Vacation is the time to let your hair down a little bit and give in to those dietary temptations.

But there are ways you can keep the extra helpings and the higher sugar intake from wrecking your smile during vacation.

You can rinse your mouth with water in between brushing and flossing to wash away bits of food that get stuck between teeth or sugar that resides on your enamel.

You can also carry around some plastic flossers to use after meals so that harmful bacteria won’t be able to splurge on sugar every time you do!

Call Us For An Appointment!

Dr. Shook will be here when you return from spring vacation to make sure all that rest and relaxation didn’t cause problems for your smile!

In our comfortable San Pedro, CA dental office, you can still sit back and relax in that chair while our skilled team takes care of the rest. We have the experience and the tools to remove any plaque and tartar buildup left behind from your vacation splurges to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

We’ll also be excited to hear all about your travel adventures!

Call Shook Dental Care today at 310-982-6333 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.