Below are the essential things which I have learned through hard experience that I need to bring during any long term travel (except the lady stuff.. but it’s included for the girlfriend’s sake). Not having these items has made for some interesting experiences, some funny, some uncomfortable and some really really annoying. But all pretty memorable, which could even be argued as a good enough reason to leave some behind I guess!

Stay away from cigarettes, tea and coffee. If you don’t, you will start to notice dark brown stains on your teeth. You can take several protective measures if you do drink these beverages, including brushing your teeth after eating, using a stress, and covering your teeth. The things that mainly cause stained teeth would be tobacco, coffee and tea.

Two hours later, and over a thousand dollars in cost, we left the dentist office, grateful to exit semi-unscathed by fate and a slap on the hand by the tooth fairy. I will be insisting on perfect oral care from now on for my children. No matter where we are or what we’re doing: camping, staying at a friend’s house, visiting grandma, or even Halloween night, there will be a toothbrush coming out of its drawer and toothpaste applied generously to it. There will be universal medical lasers extracted from its place and a long piece torn off for optimum reaching into the depths of the orifice. I will never think for a moment that just one or two nights off of dental care will not matter. It does.

One effective way of preventing plaque from forming is by brushing and flossing twice daily. Brushing removes food particles that are stuck between the teeth after eating. However, brushing is not enough. Some food particles remain stuck in between our teeth even after brushing. So we have to floss to completely remove these food particles. Brushing and flossing will keep our teeth and gums healthy and prevent the occurrence of tooth decay and gum disease.

If that wasn’t bad enough, we were actually at the dentist to have his upper gum area assessed due to a bad injury. He had been trying to lift a heavy construction dolly out of the way for me. The handle slipped out when he yanked it up and it slammed into his upper mouth. When I looked at him, he his lip was at least two inches thick with swelling and blood was pouring from the sides of his mouth, pooling at his feet. I looked for teeth in the pool of blood as I registered just how serious this injury could be.

If you must consume them, be certain to clean your teeth well when you are done. This cleaning should include a proper flossing to ensure that you have removed all traces of sugar from between your teeth, as well as on the surface.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes care of their teeth, mostly due to laziness. You’re only born with two sets of teeth, and the first one’s fall out around age five or six. Once you’re permanent teeth come in, that’s it. There are a lot of people who have lost teeth and who have had to have dentures, veneers, and crowns. While some things are beyond your control, no matter what type of teeth you have (fake or real), it’s very important to take care of the one’s you’ve got.

Last, make sure you make an appointment with your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning. This too is part of prevention and if you want to have your own teeth into your olden years then you should make sure you don’t miss an appointment!