Heading off on a much-needed summer getaway this year? While holidays are all about kicking back and taking it easy, it’s important to keep on top of your dental health. Spending just a few minutes each day to look after your teeth on holiday can help to spare you a trip to the dentist on your return.
So, what should you be doing to take care of your teeth on holiday? Here’s some simple tips you can follow…
Get a teeth check-up before going on holiday
To make sure you don’t need to deal with any nasty dental problems while you are away, it’s a good idea to undergo a check-up. Your dentist will be able to spot any potential problems before you jet off. This will ensure you don’t end up seeking emergency dental work on your trip.
Pack your toothbrush
It’s not always as easy to pick up a toothbrush on holiday as you might think. Obviously, this will depend upon where you are heading to, but just to be safe double check you have packed yours before you go. It is also worth packing some interdental brushes – ideal for cleaning in tight spaces between your teeth as well as between braces, crowns, bridges and implants.
In the event you do find yourself in a foreign country without a toothbrush, you can place a clean face towel over your finger with a little toothpaste on it. Use your finger to rub it over your teeth and then rinse off. Try and use a cloth that has a rough surface for best results.
Try and stick to three meals a day
On holiday, it’s easy to spend all day grazing on snacks. Depending upon the type of snacks you are consuming, this can cause havoc for the teeth. To avoid snacking too much, try and stick to eating three meals a day.
Keep your lips protected
It isn’t just your teeth that you need to protect while on holiday. Your lips also need a little TLC due to their exposure to the sun’s UV rays. To keep them protected, apply sunscreen regularly. When you drink or eat something, re-apply the sunscreen.
It is important to stay hydrated for adequate saliva production. This helps to rinse debris and food particles from the mouth, preventing infections and gum disease. Drinking water is much better for your oral and general health than alcoholic or sugary drinks.
Pack an extra set of dentures
If you wear dentures, don’t forget to pack an extra pair to take with you. You’d be surprised by how many people lose their dentures while on holiday. The last thing you need is to be left without any dentures for the duration of your getaway.
Added protection for your teeth on holiday
Prevention is always the best way to avoid any unwanted trips to the dentist while you’re away or when you return. For total reassurance, a Denplan Essentials plan includes Worldwide emergency dental cover. It also includes temporary dental treatment in case of emergency either at home or abroad.
If you follow these simple tips, your teeth and gums will thank you. If you’re due to set off on your summer holidays this month, book a check-up with CK Dental. Ask our friendly practice team about our different Denplan monthly treatment plans to suit your budget and needs.