9 Tips to Protect those Teeth in the Summer Months…
Summer is finally here, and after a long winter, we’re sure you’re glad to be seeing the sun and getting outdoors or ready to go on holiday! But be careful. Take a look at our tips below to make sure you’re protecting that smile, and seeing more of the outdoors than seeing more of the dentist:
1. Check Up before you Check In –
Most people tend to visit the dentist just before the kids go back to school in September, but this is the wrong way round! Make sure you visit the dentist before
you go on holiday to make sure you aren’t at risk of a problem happening while you’re away – meaning more time in the sunshine and having fun, and less time spent nursing a throbbing pain!
2. Water, on the rocks (or the beach) –
While the sunshine and heat are one reason to stay hydrated, another reason is that water helps to wash away that nasty plaque that causes decay. It can even help stop smelly breath!
3. Oh, sugar! –
Though Summer means freedom for a lot of people, it’s sometimes best not to go all out – this is especially the case with sugar! This doesn’t mean you need to cut sugar out completely, just to be careful about how much you’re taking in. For example, if you plan on spending the day at the beach and drinking four and/or more cocktails, a slice of cake after dinner may not be the best idea for your teeth.
4. Chapped Lips and Chapstick –
Everyone likes to get a tan, and the majority of people wear sun cream to stop the sun damaging their skin. But a lot of people also forget about their lips! With the skin on our lips being so thin and vulnerable, make sure to get a lip balm with an SPF to stop your lips from becoming chapped and sore. Shielding your lips from the sun is very important, as sun damage to your lips can lead to oral cancer.
5. Carry On Nurse –
It’s always a good idea to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. This is why we advise packing a mini dental first aid kit, a bit like this one
6. There’s Always Time for a Cocktail, but should there be? –
Remember earlier where I mentioned those four or more cocktails? Well, try not to make it to the ‘or more’ stage. This tip is all about regulating your alcohol intake. Alcohol is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and actually dries your mouth out! Stay hydrated and have fun, but don’t be excessive.
7. Bring a Spare –
This may come as a surprise, but one of the most common items lost on holiday are dentures! Usually following a bout of sickness, either overboard or in the toilet, the wearer often doesn’t realise the dentures have come out. It’s always a good idea to make sure you’ve got your backup pair.
8. A block of cheese, stick of gum and a glass of water walk into a bar… –
No, this isn’t the start of a terrible joke (though I’m sure there’s one in there somewhere). When eating something super sugary, we suggest that you have either a block of cheese, a chew on some sugar-free gum or a nice glass of water afterwards. This can help to neutralise the bacteria in your mouth, and keep that smile nice and healthy!
9. Who You Gonna Call?
When there’s something strange going on in your mouth, who do you turn to?
Well, if you’re on a European Holiday, whip out your European Health Insurance Card and call the helpline number on there. If you are a member of our Care Plan, the details can be located here
(and if you’re not on our Care Plan – check out our offer this month
If you’re travelling outside of Europe, the best number to call is either that of your travel insurers, or the Dental Helpline on 0845 063 1188.
Well, there are 9 tips to keep your smile safe over the summer – hope you all have lovely holidays!