Don’t let a toothache ruin your long-awaited vacation. If you think that there may be a problem with your oral health, now is the time to take action. Hoping that things will get better on their own is not a safe bet because the odds are that your problem will get worse.

For example, if you have a slight pain in your tooth or some minor sensitivity, it could be a sign of more serious trouble. These types of things always catch up with us at the most inconvenient times – like on that trip to Mexico.

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These tips will help you to avoid dental problems during a vacation:

  1. Avoid Desserts and SweetsThe resort may offer a multitude of sugary snacks and exotic desserts, but don’t forget that drinks like margaritas, punch and most liqueurs contain a high level of sugars. Take a quick trip to the restroom and brush. By limiting your consumption, you can deter unwanted tooth decay while reducing any harmful effects to your waistline.
  2. Try Not to StressIf the travel is stressing you out, you may find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth during stressful situations and often while you sleep. This can cause headaches and jaw pain, as well as damaged teeth and dental work. The best way to address this problem is to use a dental mouth guard, which won’t stop the grinding but can prevent it from causing pain.
  3. Don’t Forget Your ToothbrushVacationingwith friends and family is about gathering together where lots of food and beverages are on hand. By bringing a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, you can periodically excuse yourself to take care of your teeth. If you cannot do this, at least try to rinse your mouth with water between dinner courses or chew sugar-less gums.
  4. Have an Emergency Dental ContactThe wrong bite into a piece of  meat can result in a dental disaster. You may chip a tooth, lose a filling, or break a crown while on vacation or when the dentist’s office is closed. Contact your dentist or local dental offices to see if they can provide you with emergency dental care.
  5. Take Care of Your TeethThe vacation fun can keep you distracted, but as long as your oral health care becomes a habit, you can continue the holiday fun without fretting about your teeth. Make a decision to brush and floss regularly and schedule routine check-ups with your dentist.