Deployment Dental Health

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


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