Keeping your teeth/braces clean does not stop even when you are on vacation. Whether it’s to another state or overseas, here is what you should do and remember to take.
Tooth bugs never sleep, even when on vacation
1. Have fun on your vacation! That’s the most important part. Make sure you bring lots of fun pics back to show your orthodontist. Dr. Mendieta loves it when patients show him your neat photos!
2. Tell your orthodontist of your travel plans so they can make arrangements for your next appointment when you return. Certain procedures like debonding need to be scheduled at shorter intervals.
3. Add the office email and phone number to your contacts, just in case you have an emergency.
4. Take extra wax, in case some pinching/poking occurs.
5. Take a travel kit with a small tube of paste, mouth wash, floss, and a tooth brush case. Remember, airports will not allow large size liquid containers as carry-on items. In the odd chance you get a free meal on a domestic flight, you are prepared to brush:)
6. If a bracket falls off make sure you email or call your orthodontist right away! Dr. Mendieta gives his patients advice when they call.
7. Take Advil with you in case your teeth start to hurt or bother you!
8. Don’t forget your rubber bands, it’s a long flight and a good time to wear them!
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9. Have fun and remember to be at your next appointment when you arrive back home ready to show Dr. Mendieta your pictures:)
Progression of baby bottle decay
Children need their teeth to be strong and healthy so they can chew, speak, and have a wonderful smile. Another function baby teeth have is to hold the space for the permanent teeth. As the adult tooth erupts, the baby tooth will fall out. If the baby tooth falls out early, the adjacent teeth could drift into the vacant space. The huge issue with that is the permanent tooth could become blocked by other teeth that drifted into the baby tooth’s old place! Orthodontics can correct the problem but doesn’t it make sense to just prevent it?
Every child is at risk for baby bottle decay. The first tooth generally appears at 6 years of age. Frequent exposure to sugar and liquids that contain juice, beast milk, and formula can harbor bacteria. If the bacteria is in constant contact with the teeth an acidic medium will form after exposure for 20 minutes or longer according to the American Dental Association.
Prevention is the best step to stop the decay from forming. For a baby who has a few teeth, use a child size tooth brush and water. If your child 2 years and older, use ADA recommended tooth paste. Infants and bottle users should not go to bed with a bottle of sweet juices nor soft drinks. Also limit the exposure time to a sippy cup.
Healthy (left) Baby bottle decay (center) Severe decay (right)
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