Vacation spoilers: icky hotel room, bad weather, and a toothache!
While you can't control the weather, and may have to suffer through a bad room, the American Dental Association (ADA) offers tips to ensure healthy teeth before and during your getaway.
See your dentist for a check up before you leave.
Store your dentist's contact info in your cell phone or pack a business card. Dental emergencies can often be resolved over the phone.
Brush with bottled water if you're worried about tap water.
Chew ADA-approved sugarless gum, which can help relieve ear pressure during a flight and help prevent cavities (when chewed for 20 minutes after a meal).
Contact the local consulate or U.S. Embassy if you're overseas and have a dental problem. They can point you in the right direction for healthcare.
Once home, get back on a healthy track! Don't sweat it if you didn't brush or floss as often on vacation, or ate a lot of sugary foods.Want more information? Talk with the staff of Wilmette Dental. They can help help ensure a dental-emergency-free vacation.