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Prepare your Teeth for Holiday Travel

By Jill Feilmeier on December 9, 2014 in Just for Kicks

Smile and teeth

Winter break is here! Kids get a much-needed vacay from school, while parents perfect holiday plans. And, like many families, those plans include a December trip.

Whether you're traveling locally to ski the Sundown Mountain slopes, or flying to a more tropical destination, your vacation should be a time filled with relaxation and memorable experiences.

We all know it's important to be organized before a big trip, but are your teeth prepared? To maximize holiday travel happiness and minimize Frosty the Snowman-sized meltdowns, follow our traveling teeth checklist:

Visit your dentist!

Has it been over six months since you visited your dentist for a check-up? If your answer is “Yes”, then get an appointment before you hit the road. It's a lot easier to take care of a small cavity or tooth sensitivity at home than on vacation.

Pack a dental travel kit.

First, make sure you pack your toothbrush. Remember, not all destinations have a 24-hour store on every corner. Other important items include toothpaste, floss, lip balm and a dental first aid kit just in case a filling or crown comes out.

 Eat ice with caution.

While ice isn't as harmful as candy, crunching on it can easily damage enamel or chip a tooth. Cut the crunching and enjoy ice in its liquid form.

Now you're ready to relax without worry! What trips do you have planned for the holidays?