With Christmas fast approaching, you will no doubt want to treat yourself to a well-deserved break. There is nothing worse than having your holiday interrupted by a sudden onset of dental issues. Below are a few tips to help you cast through the holidays without having to worry about disastrous dental problems.
- One Final Dental Check-Up
The first thing first, before you set off for the holidays make sure you pay your dentist one final visit. Although a dental visit may not be part of your holiday plans, it needs to be included in all your pre-holiday preparations from now on. It is mostly a precaution to ensure that you do not have any problems just hiding below the surface.
- Carry Your Toothbrush
It should seem obvious but it surprising how many people forget toothbrush behind. It is also a good idea to carry an extra toothbrush in case your regular one suffers a mishap. Before you go on holiday, it would be the perfect time to buy a new one. Use this opportunity to try a new toothbrush, like an interdental brush for instance.
- Drink copious amounts of Water
Water plays an integral part in dental health. Do not take too many sugary drinks and forget to sip some water. Avoid taking to many sports drinks and fruit juices while on holiday. These glasses will only cause tooth decay and erode the enamel. However, if your vacation is abroad, consider taking bottled water as you may experience stomach problems.
- Watch what you eat
It does not mean you should not take a bite out of that Christmas cake. You should try to limit this as much as possible though; it is excellent for the teeth and overall health. Keep meals to about three a day instead of having nearly ten snacks throughout the day. If the enamel becomes too eroded, it could lead to extreme sensitivity and cause discoloration.
- Carry a Dental First aid kit
Never leave this behind when going on holiday. These packages are usually inexpensive and small. There are many options from which to choose in the market. Most of them contain something that you will need in case of an emergency. No matter how cautious you are, you cannot prevent accidents from occurring.
- Keep Alcohol Consumption to a Minimum
While on holiday, it can be quite easy to get lost in the alcohol. Regular consumption of alcoholic drinks is one of the easiest ways to get tooth decay. Besides that, you must remember that alcohol is the leading cause of oral cancer.
- Take a Spare Set of Dentures With You
It may seem surprising, but people often lose things like dentures quite often while on holiday. In some cases, people lose their dentures when they get sick or catch traveler’s diarrhea.
- Watch Out for Sporting injuries
Oral sporting injuries are quite common during the holidays. It is quite easy to crack or lose a tooth during this time. One of the common ways to crack a tooth is when swimming or from the impact of a bat or ball. You cannot do much to prevent accidents. However, being aware that they can occur. Having the necessary safety gear can save you a lot of pain.
- Know about the support options
Since you will be far from your regular dentist’s office, you need to be aware of the professional support available to you. If you are going to Europe, you will have access to a European health card with an emergency number on it. Your travel agent should have the contact details of nearby dentists to where you will be staying.
- Use Your Teeth Appropriately
While on holiday, avoid using your teeth for opening bottles or cracking anything hard. Your teeth are for smiling and chewing, and that is the only thing they should be used for during the holidays.
For more help on how to care for your teeth while on holiday. Contact us today at our oBeverly Hills dental offices. The initial consultation is free.