Vacations are something to look forward to every year. While vacations are definitely good for your mental health, you also want to make sure that you are taking care of your dental health while you are abroad. Pack a travel toothbrush and brush your teeth as often as you can. You should also be aware of the risk factors that are affecting your teeth, and some of them may surprise you. Here are there hidden ways your vacation is damaging your teeth.
Heavily chlorinated pools erode dental enamel.
Heavily chlorinated pools can erode your dental enamel. You may notice after you swim in the pool that your teeth feel sensitive. The acidic environment of a chlorinated pool has been shown to wear down dental enamel over time on seasoned swimmers. If your enamel is already wearing down, then you are more likely to experience sensitivity after getting out of the pool. Pools that are supplied with chlorinated gas tend to be more acidic because the reaction within the pool water create hydrochloric acid (HCl). In order to protect your teeth, bring some fluoridated mouthwash to help rebuild the minerals in your teeth. You can wash your mouth out while you rinse off after getting out of the pool.
Drinking sugary drinks increases your risk of developing plaque.
Vacations are usually memorable not only for unique experiences, but also new, delicious foods and drinks. Many of these meals include indulgences such as sugary drinks. The increased sugar intake during your vacation can impact your teeth negatively. Sugar particles that are left behind on your teeth can bond with bacteria to create plaque, which can then lead to a higher risk of tooth decay. The best thing you can do after eating or drinking something sugary, other than brush your teeth, is have a big glass of water. Not only does this help you to stay hydrated in a hot environment, but it also helps to wash away sugar particles on your teeth and your gums.
Travel-related stress can cause you to grind your teeth.
Many people find traveling long distances very stressful. This can translate into grinding your teeth at night or clenching your jaw. As a result, you can suffer from headaches, jaw pain, and worn down teeth. Be mindful of your stress and try to manage it; you can also use a mouthguard at night. While this does not stop you from grinding your teeth, it at least keeps your teeth from getting worn down.
For more information, speak to a dentist, like those at Aurora Dental Clinic.