It's Spring Break – 6 Ways to Care for Your Teeth on Vacation

Posted on March 21, 2013 in General oral health

It's Spring Break – a time for families to pack up their suitcases and spend a nice long week together.

Everyone wants to avoid the dull and dreary routine of everyday life when they're on vacation. But that doesn't mean you can slack off regular brushing and flossing. Good dental habits ward off plaque, a sticky film that is deposited on your teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria, mucus and particles in your saliva. Bacteria break down the sugars and starches from foods into acids, which attack the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay.

Here are some tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy while you're on vacation:

  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
  • Avoid foods high in sugar or starch – they tend to stick to your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water every day.
  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco – both are bad for your health and your teeth.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking can lead to bad breath and other dental problems.
  • Don't share your toothbrush. You can spread or receive bacteria by passing it around.