Travelers need to be organized—especially when it comes to teeth. So fasten your seatbelts and scan this safety card for your smile:
1. Airplane Water
It’s dry at your cruising altitude. High altitudes call for hydration, so drink up. On an airplane, sink and bottled water aren’t as interchangeable as peanuts and pretzels. Though there have been improvements to airline water in recent years, it’s still better to drink bottled water or fill up a reusable water bottle before boarding when flying the friendly skies.
2. Tooth Pain
You may experience tooth pain in addition to your headache from that screaming baby (extra sympathy points if the baby belongs to you). Barodontalgia, AKA “tooth squeeze,” happens because of a change in barometric pressure during flight. The pain source can be caused by an incoming cavity or from a previous filling. Either way, schedule a dental exam when you touch down. And if you’re planning to have anesthetic dental treatment, steer clear of the runway for at least 48 hours following the procedure.
3. Bad Breath
Options are limited in airports; food has to be fast when you realize your plane is boarding. Once you’ve made it to your seat, you can finally relax and take a deep breath. But you may not want to. “Traveler’s breath” is what you get when you mix high altitude with that overpriced piece of pizza. Because of increased elevation, saliva production slows, forcing those leftover pepperoni particles to come out in the form of bad breath. Plan snacks accordingly to keep breath fresh.
And never underestimate the power of packing those travel dental items too. Safe travels, jet setters!Read More
We’re gearing up for the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant. As sponsor of the ‘Delta Dental Most Beautiful Smile Award’, we know that a genuine grin can propel a contestant straight to the crown! After all, what’s a pageant winner without a 100-watt smile?
Here are some of the top pageant smile secrets to steal:
• Smile Secret 1: Vaseline
It’s hard to stick a smile for several seconds. Vaseline adds sheen and distracts tired cheeks. This deters contestants from letting their smiles slip. And, the cleaner and slicker the teeth are, the harder it is for lipstick to stick to the enamel.
• Smile Secret 2: Practice
Practice makes perfect, but excessive practice makes a pageant winner. Pros perfect their smile while watching themselves in a mirror for hours on end. The key cues are simple: bright eyes, big smile and head high.
• Smile Secret 3: Straws
Straws are a smile’s best friend in the pageant world. During the competition, you’ll see straws in soda, tea and even coffee. Dark drinks can create surface stains on teeth, and no contestant wants to risk a stained smile.
Competing in pageants takes sacrifice, and a smile is no exception.Read More