Spring officially kicks off March 20th here in Kansas City, and it’s not a moment too soon! It’s time to put away the heavy coats, boots, and gloves and get ready for warmer weather. Many of us like to prepare for spring by doing a little spring cleaning, so your Kansas City family dentist has a few tips on how best to manage your oral health (and health in general) during the changing of the seasons!
If you’re going to be active…
Let’s face it, most of us can’t wait to get outside and get a little sunshine, fresh air, and exercise after a long winter like the one we’ve had here in Kansas City. If you’re going to hit the trails, walk the paths, or ride your bike, make sure you pack some healthy snacks and drink plenty of water. Avoid fueling up on sugary sports drinks, soda pop, or sugary snacks. It’s also a good idea to bring along a few pieces of sugar-free gum to chew after you snack!
Do a little spring cleaning.
While you’re cleaning up your house, garage, or car, why not schedule a visit to your friendly Kansas City family dentist to have your teeth cleaned, too? You could even schedule a tooth whitening before you head to the beach this spring. And if you’re taking a trip for spring break, it’s important to maintain your regular flossing and brushing routine no matter where you are. If you’re on the beach and can’t brush or floss after you eat, rinsing with water can help wash away cavity-causing food particles, and carrying some sugar-free chewing gum can tide you over until you can brush.
Taking a Spring Break?
After a long, cold and snowy winter, spring break can be a time to really cut loose! Just don’t cut your regular oral health routine loose. Sure, a week in Padre Island might not do too much damage to your smile, but why run the risk? Just pack your toothbrush and floss along with your swimsuit and towel, and maybe throw in some pocket flossers so you can keep your teeth clean when you’re on the go.
Pack the right gear.
Your toothbrush and floss should be two things that you never leave without if you’re heading out on a spring trip. In fact, this might be a perfect opportunity to put together a handy “away kit” of dental health gear. Some options to consider include an electric toothbrush, floss, whitening toothpaste, a tongue scraper, toothbrush covers, pocket flossers, travel mouthwash, some sugar-free gum, and your retainer case. You’ll want to include whatever you need to maintain good habits and keep smiling!
Of course, when you hit the road for spring break, don’t forget to come visit your family dentist in Kansas City when you get back. Blacker Family Dental in Kansas City offers everything from dental implants to teeth whitening and sleep apnea treatments. Whatever you need to stay smiling this spring, just give us a call at (816) 763-8400 or click here to schedule an appointment.