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Vacation Time, Don't Forget Your Oral Health

Posted by Dr. Paul Grussenmeyer on

Summer is here.  Kids are out of school.  Many of you are traveling to vacation spots around the world.  Do not forget to take care of your dental (a.k.a. oral) health.  As I always quip, "Your Health Starts in your Mouth".  

Stock each family member's travel bag with a toothbrush and dental floss.  Take travel size bottles of Tooth & Gum Tonic for your mouthwash, or buy a jar of unrefined, organic coconut oil to use as a rinse when you get there.  Other mouth washes are not worth the time or expense.

If you are anywhere near due, get your teeth cleaned by a competent dental hygienist before you go.  Have any oral infections taken care of, ahead of time.  Changes in cabin pressure on plane flights can cause discomfort, especially if you have an abscess.  

Always drink plenty of good quality water, i.e. non-fluoridated.  At least half your weight number in ounces plus another 2 -3 glasses for moderate to heavy exercise.  My wife and I buy gallons of distilled water when we get there and add some Himalayan Sea Salt to it, if the community's water is fluoridated or we are not sure of it.

BTW: I took the photo years ago on the Eastern shore of Oahu, Hawaii.  Best wishes on visiting your happy spot!