Orthodontic Hygiene Tips for Summer Vacations 

Summer vacations are a wonderful time for families to create lasting memories. Whether you’re heading to the beach, taking a road trip, or exploring a new city, keeping up with orthodontic care is essential, especially for children with braces.  
At Ellingsen Smile Orthodontics, we want to ensure your child’s smile stays healthy and bright throughout your travels. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you maintain excellent orthodontic hygiene on the go. 

Essential Travel Orthodontic Care 

Proper planning is the foundation for effective orthodontic care while on vacation. By packing the right tools and following a structured routine, you can keep your child’s braces in top shape. 

Must-Have Items for Your Orthodontic Travel Kit 

  • Orthodontic Wax: Alleviates discomfort from poking wires or brackets. 
  • Travel-sized Toothbrush and Toothpaste: Necessary for frequent brushing. 
  • Interdental Brushes: Ideal for cleaning hard-to-reach areas between braces.
  • Floss Threaders or Orthodontic Floss: Essential for maintaining clean spaces between teeth. 
  • Compact Mirror: Handy for quick checks after meals. 
  • Mouth Rinse: Helps keep your child’s mouth clean and fresh.
  • Portable Water Bottle: Useful for rinsing out the mouth when a sink isn’t available. 
  • Pain Relief Medication: Important for managing any sudden soreness or discomfort. 

By assembling an orthodontic travel kit, you’ll be prepared for any situation, ensuring smooth and stress-free travel orthodontic care. 

Maintaining Braces: Braces Maintenance Tips 

Consistency is key when it comes to caring for braces, even on vacation. Daily routines and careful practices will help protect your child’s orthodontic health. 

Steps for Daily Oral Hygiene on the Go 

  1. Brush After Eating: Encourage your child to brush their teeth after every meal to remove trapped food particles. 
  1. Floss Regularly: Utilize floss threaders or special orthodontic floss for effective cleaning. 
  1. Rinse Often: Use mouth rinse or water to keep the mouth clean and fresh. 
  1. Regular Check-ups: Have your child check their braces for any loose brackets or protruding wires. 

On-the-Go Oral Hygiene Tips 

  • Quick Mouth Rinse: Swishing with water or mouth rinse can quickly remove food particles when brushing isn’t feasible. 
  • Choose Braces-Friendly Snacks: Opt for soft, easy-to-eat foods such as cheese sticks, yogurt, and sliced fruits. 
  • Avoid Harmful Foods: Steer clear of hard and sticky foods like candy, popcorn, and nuts that can damage braces. 

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies 

Even with the best preparations, emergencies can happen. Here’s how to handle any unexpected issues with your child’s braces: 

Immediate Actions for Common Issues 

  • Apply Orthodontic Wax: Use wax to cover any sharp wires or brackets causing discomfort. 
  • Saltwater Rinse: Rinsing with warm saltwater can soothe any irritation. 
  • Contact Us: If the problem persists, call Ellingsen Smile Orthodontics at (509) 467-2606 for guidance or to find a nearby orthodontist. 

Activity and Safety Tips 

Summer often means increased physical activity. Ensure your child’s braces are protected during sports and other activities: 

  • Use a Mouthguard: If engaging in any sports, make sure your child wears an orthodontic mouthguard. 
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps keep your child’s mouth clean and contributes to overall health. 

Schedule Regular Check-ups 

Keeping up with regular orthodontic appointments is crucial for maintaining the progress of your child’s treatment. 

  • Plan Ahead: Schedule a check-up before your vacation to make sure everything is in order. 
  • Follow Up: After your trip, visit us for a post-vacation check to address any issues that might have arisen. 

Visit Ellingsen Smile Orthodontics 

Ellingsen Smile Orthodontics is conveniently located at 9915 N. Division St., Spokane, WA 99218. We are committed to providing exceptional orthodontic care and support for your family. For questions or to schedule an appointment, contact us at (509) 467-2606.