Some people are meticulous packers, giving themselves a week’s head start, and working with a checklist in hand. Others use the “throw it in just before you head out the door” technique. We won’t quibble if your method works for you. However, to benefit your oral health when packing for your smile in Virginia Beach, VA, there are things you want to include. We hope this helps you avoid hunting for a convenience store in a strange city, experiencing icky breath or suffering with an unexpected headache as you greet relatives and friends.
Pack Your Toothbrush and Floss
This is a no brainer, right? Good oral hygiene means brushing twice a day and flossing once. Your twice-yearly preventive checkups also help prevent cavities, but they can be scheduled around travel. If you discover you forgot to pack a toothbrush, never share one with anyone else. Toothbrushes harbor oral bacteria and even viruses, which is why we recommend buying a new toothbrush after recovering from a cold.
Pack Your Nightguard
If you have been diagnosed with OSA, and wear a dental appliance to alleviate obstructive sleep apnea issues, take it with you when you travel. You will maintain the healthy sleep patterns that are disrupted by snoring and OSA, and your roommates (and possibly housemates) will appreciate the quiet. Nightguards can also be custom fitted to protect teeth from the pressures of bruxism (teeth grinding) and to alleviate the pain from TMJ disorders. Packing your nightguard helps you be rested and refreshed for family activities.
Pack Your Dentist’s Phone Number
Or better yet, program the number into your phone. When you are in town, you can schedule appointments at your convenience, including during our Saturday hours. If an issue arises while you are away, you can call and speak with our knowledgeable office staff, and get help and advice. We may have an over-the-counter suggestion to offer if you are out of town, or we can let you know if you need to take more immediate action. You can use our on-line scheduler to book an appointment for your return, if the situation isn’t urgent.
Thoughtful Packing Means a Better Trip For Your Smile
Arriving at your destination with all the dental care products your need makes for a more relaxing trip. We want your smile and your oral health to be at their best, whether you are sleeping in your own bed, or thousands of miles away. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.