I admit, when I was a sailor on deployment I would neglect my dental health
sometimes often. Long hours of flying, plus even longer hours doing post-flight paperwork or aircraft maintnance lowered “take care of teeth” on my list of priorities.
It’s fortunate that I didn’t suffer tooth aches or inflamed gums when I was forward deployed, but I’m sure my lack of care contributed to the TWO cavities I had to have filled last year.
Don’t be like me. Also, follow these steps to help avoid tooth decay downrange:
- Drinking water instead of sugary beverages.
- If you decide to ignore step one, at least follow up your sugary beverage with water to rinse the sugar off your teeth.
- Carry around a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss in your helmet bag or backpack. If you find that you haven’t brushed in more than 12 hours because of operational tempo, then take a break and do it in your office, plane, ditch etc…
By Nicole McFarland, Defense Media Activity
Disclaimer: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense of this website or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sites, the Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD website.