It’s peak summer holiday season here in Britain, and now’s the time that many of us are jetting off all across the world. But no matter where you are, it’s important not to neglect your teeth! That’s where we’re pleased to help here at AP Smilecare – this week on the blog, we’ve got just a couple of tips to get you on your way.
OK OK, it sounds like a no-brainer, we know. But while you’re getting everything else together – towels, clothes, books, maybe a snack or two for the journey – it’s easier than you might think to overlook the essentials. (Or worse, collect them together and accidentally leave them in the house anyway!) We’re talking, of course, about toothbrush and toothpaste. Of course, it’s also easy enough to simply buy another toothbrush and toothpaste on the journey, but it’s so much less hassle if you remember your own. We suggest packing it straight after cleaning your teeth in the morning, and that way the chances of it getting left behind are minimal.
One of the best things about holiday is that just for a little while, you can abandon your regular routine. Unless you’ve got activities booked, there aren’t any alarms to go off, and we don’t have to adhere to any particular schedule. That can mean that in the process, our mealtimes are one of the things that go a little awry. And with unpredictable mealtimes, lots of us will resort to grazing on snacks and treats. We’re not necessarily dead against that here at AP Smilecare – you’ve got to have a little fun on your holiday! – but it’s definitely something to look out for, as too many sugary snacks can end up putting your teeth at risk.
Alcohol is another one to watch, as it’s a major cause of tooth decay when consumed regularly. It’s also strongly linked with oral cancer, making it necessary to practice moderation wherever possible – even on holiday! Cider, for example, can often be filled with sugar; especially the sweetest versions. Wine, on the other hand, is highly acidic, which means that it can directly attack your teeth.
We hate to be boring, but it’s true: water is always the best choice of holiday drink when looking at things from a dental perspective. What’s more, it keeps you more hydrated than juice or alcohol can, which can be extra beneficial in hotter climates.
Before you embark on your plane, boat or train ride away, it’s always a good idea to pay a quick visit to your dentist. Ideally, you won’t want to discover any dental health issues while you’re away, as the price of treatment in foreign countries can vary hugely, depending on where you are. It’s far better to catch any developing issues early, so you can take steps to tackle them – or at least be aware of what to avoid when on holiday, so you can give them your full attention on your return.
At AP Smilecare, we pride ourselves on the expertise and experience of every one of our resident dental professionals, and your dental health is our top priority; we’re fully committed to helping your smile to look exactly how you want it. You can click here for a list of our available treatments, or visit our dental clinic in Blackburn to see how we can help!
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Posted on: 23rd Aug, 2017