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Preventing Tooth Decay and Cavities with Sealants

Keeping your teeth healthy when traveling can sometimes feel tricky, but with the right precautions, you don’t have to sacrifice your oral care even when you’re on the road. At Discovery Dental, we want our patients to feel confident exploring new places while still maintaining their beautiful smiles.

One of the best ways to prevent tooth problems during travel is through the use of dental sealants.

Dental Sealants form a physical barrier as plastic coatings on your molar teeth that shield these vulnerable areas from plaque and food debris that can get trapped and lead to decay over time. For traveling, sealants offer excellent protection for your teeth when you may be eating different foods or it could be harder to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine.

We recommend patients get sealants applied before going on extended trips or vacations. The application only takes about 15-20 minutes per side and hardens quickly. Once they are in place, sealants are invisible and don’t require any additional effort on your part to keep them clean.

This allows you to focus on enjoying your travels without worrying about potential cavities forming in your teeth. Sealants have been shown to reduce decay by over 80% – what better peace of mind could you have while exploring new destinations?

Once applied, sealants become an invisible barrier keeping out cavity-causing plaque and food debris. They are smooth and don’t require any special cleaning, but it’s still important to brush and floss regularly underneath to keep the entire mouth healthy.

Sealants usually last for several years before needing reapplication if the tooth surface changes with chewing oraging. They offer invaluable protection against decay, especially for cavity-prone individuals.

In addition to sealants, we advise all our travel patients to pack an emergency dental kit in their carry-on bag. This should include toothpaste, a mini toothbrush, floss picks, and any medicines you regularly take such as prescription mouthguards.

Don’t forget to also throw in a few take-home whitening strips in case of staining from local foods and drinks. Having these essentials easily accessible can help you maintain good oral hygiene even when on the go.

We want you to feel confident taking that dream vacation without stressing about your smile. Stop by Discovery Dental before your next trip so we can check your sealants and ensure your teeth are protected. Enjoy exploring the world while keeping your pearly whites healthy!

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