With the holiday season well and truly upon us, many of us will be packing our suitcases and heading for sunnier climates. Although the pressures of everyday life slip away the minute we step off the plane, our dental routine should not. Holidays can wreak havoc on even the best-behaved teeth from the overconsumption of sugary foods, alcohol and the late night ‘I’ll just brush them in the morning’ excuse. Here’s how to ensure your teeth stay healthy on holiday:
Try and brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes to ensure you remove the harmful bacteria that can increase the build-up of plaque. In addition, wait at least an hour before you brush your teeth after consuming highly acidic food and drink such as fruit juice, as this can actually cause the tooth enamel to become soft and exposed to damage.
Floss is a must-have travel essential to help remove debris and build-up around the teeth and gums which if left can cause nasty problems such as gum disease. We recommend flossing once a day for happy, healthy teeth.
Pack a travel-size mouthwash in your suitcase to ensure your oral care arsenal is complete. Mouthwashes don’t replace brushing but they can bring extra benefits such as preventing the build-up of bacteria and decay, whilst also freshening the breath.
Be careful to watch the margaritas as too much alcohol can wear away the surface of the teeth. Try and limit yourself to one or two alcoholic drinks a day. Opt for clearer drinks such as vodka or gin which reduce the staining of the teeth, and lower carbonated drinks where possible. Cocktails high in fruit juice contain high amounts of sugar that can also wear away at the enamel, even more so than battery acid according to WebMD.
Everyone likes to indulge while on holiday, but the truth is that our favourite sweet treats like ice cream, ice lollies, desserts and cakes can all have negative effects on our teeth. Try to limit your sugary food consumption, and if you are going to indulge, ensure you take steps 1, 2, and 3 to limit the damage.
Overall, we recommend you try and stick to your normal routine as much as possible! If you are worried about the health of your teeth and would like to speak with one of our dental experts, please contact us on 01923 679 746 or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch.