Here we are on the last day of May in 2018! Wow! The first five months of the year went past in what felt like the blink of an eye! So, we’ve come to hurricane season – it begins officially tomorrow, June 1 – as well as the unofficial beginning of summer.
So, here’s my chance to remind you that it’s a good idea to make sure your mouth is in top-notch condition.
“Let this be a reminder for all of us that we all work hard during season and now it is a time to take care of ourselves.
“Summers are too short and between now and a brief vacation time and other personal things we need to catchup on with, don’t forget to do your health check, which has to include your oral health.
“A ‘tune up’ may be in order. So don’t procrastinate! Remember, most of us cannot afford to take any time off during the season!”
Also, I’ll again bring up a reminder about your dental health and traveling:
You don’t want an emergency while on vacation, so making sure you’ve had your recommended cleaning and exam to date can prevent such a tedious, anxiety-inducing and challenging issue away from home – especially if you are traveling to another country or on a wonderful cruise ship.
If you are traveling in the United States a dental emergency might only be an annoyance with your insurance or out-of-pocket expenses away from your regular dentist (although these might be a bigger challenge than you might believe possible), but travel outside the U.S. might increase your cost or provide you with a decreased level of service than you are used to with your family dentist.
You can also do some research online before your trip if you might be susceptible to dental issues such as how flying can cause you pain if you have an abscess in your mouth (however, you’re most likely to have had that taken care of before your flight). If you have recently had treatment from your dentist, it would be wise to give him or her a call and find out if you should have any concern about travel.
Finally, there are those who insist that Murphy’s Law could likely prevail – as soon as you get to your destination or your cruise ship leaves port, something will happen! So, the best way is to be prepared!