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Spring Break! How to Keep Your Smile Healthy on Vacation

March 10, 2023
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Spring break is a great time to spend with your family and loved ones. This is usually the month when you are trying to balance multiple tasks along with vacation planning. That is why being careful about your oral care is even more important! Here are some pointers to help you maintain your oral hygiene even when you are out and about.  


Stay hydrated with water

Make water your favourite drink to ensure your oral hygiene is in mint condition, even on vacation. Carry a travel bottle, so you do not have to spend time looking for water. Staying hydrated will help you stave off bad breath and help with oral care.


Bring the essentials

If you travel for work or tend to go on a personal trip now and then, it is prudent to have a separate dental kit handy. This should include travel-size toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, and a toothbrush. Carry this on your vacation to ensure you have all the products you usually use for your oral hygiene routine. You may be off work, but your pearly whites aren’t!

Keeping your oral care tools in a safe and clean place, with each product having a protective cover, is essential while you travel. Dropping a toothbrush just like that in your luggage or purse exposes it to germs and bacteria.


Lip balm with SPF

When our lips are dry, they crack up, and to moisten them, we tend to lick our lips. This is not good for your lips or mouth, leading to dehydration. Carry an SPF 15-30 lip balm wherever you go, and keep applying it over your lips at regular intervals.


Don’t forget the healthy options on the menu or at the buffet

Generally, we tend to treat our vacations as cheat days and allow ourselves to eat what we would typically avoid. We understand this need to let loose. But still, be mindful to prevent binge snacking on unhealthy snacks. Since your chompers will be working overtime, help them out by eating some ‘good for teeth’ food like veggies with hummus, leafy greens, yogurt, cheese, and nuts. Whatever you eat, do follow a short but thorough dental cleaning process after every meal and snack.


Book a dental visit before you leave

Call your dentist to ensure your oral health is in top shape, and book a thorough check-up and dental cleaning. Try and fit this in at least one week before you are set to travel. This will give you enough time to complete any procedures in case your dentist finds an issue.


Bring your night guard and a sports guard

Vacations can get stressful unknowingly. With all the travel, sightseeing, and change in temperature, your body takes its toll. This, in turn, aggravates teeth grinding or clenching while you are asleep. So make sure to carry your night guard with its protective casing and cleaner.

If you do not use a mouth guard regularly, get in touch with your dentist and have a customized night guard made. They are much more durable and will be comfortable to use.


While taking care of your entire family, remember to take care of yourself. Make that dental cleaning appointment today. We wish you a safe travel and a fun-tastic vacation!  

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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