Summer is here which means most Australians are approaching holiday mode!
Holidays are meant for relaxing, spending time with family and friends, and of course, forgetting about daily routines and indulging in whatever treats you like.
Whether you’re travelling interstate or overseas, to the beach or to the mountains, it’s important not to forget your daily dental hygiene routine.
Here’s how to take care of your teeth while travelling.
Book a check-up before you go
It is recommended that you see a dentist every six months for a check-up and clean, and if you’re due for a check-up, don’t wait until the holiday period is over!
Keeping to your dental check-up schedule is important to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and clean, as well as to help to avoid any potential dental emergencies while you’re on holidays.
Don’t forget your toothbrush
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste helps keeps your teeth and gums free from plaque and any dental issues such as tooth decay, cavities & gum disease.
The most important items to pack on holidays is your toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. Dental care products are easy to find when you’re on holidays and most hotels provide toothbrushes and toothpaste for your convenience.
Keep up your dental routine
It’s easy to neglect your daily dental routine when you’re on holidays – whether you’re relaxing or on the go, keeping up with your dental hygiene routine is important to keep your overall oral health in perfect condition.
Remember to brush and floss at least twice a day, and if you notice any changes in your oral health make sure you see a dentist as soon as possible.
Limit your alcohol and sweets
Holidays are the perfect time to let loose and indulge in delicious food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages.
But overindulging in sugary treats and drinks can cause cavities, tooth decay and other serious dental issues.
When indulging in alcoholic drinks such as cocktails or sugary wines, its best to drink a glass of water after every drink to wash away any acid that the sugar leaves on your teeth which break down the protective layer on your teeth (enamel).
Timing your sugary treats after or with a meal is best as there is more saliva in your mouth, which helps protect your teeth and wash away any food debris.
Holidays are your time to relax and enjoy yourself, however these simple tips can help you avoid any dental emergencies or bad dental habits.
For more dental health tips, or to book an appointment with a trusted local dentist, contact Maryborough Dental. We provide high quality dental care for all patients that walk through our practice doors.