The sun is shining, the days are long, and many of us are looking forward to enjoying some well-earned time off. This summer, you want to make sure you make the most of your downtime, rather than worrying about dental woes. Nobody wants to spend the holidays nursing an injury or dealing with troublesome toothache. It’s not always possible to prevent accidents and injuries, but here are 5 ways you can protect your smile this summer:
- Book a dental check: whether you’re heading off on holiday or you’re planning a relaxing staycation, it’s a good idea to see your dentist. If you haven’t had a check-up in the last nine months, call and make an appointment before you jet off or take time off. Dental checks enable your dentist to have a look for any problems or signs that you may not be aware of yet, and this can help to prevent decay, gum disease and oral infections.
- Wear a mouth guard if you’re playing sport: if you’re playing sport this summer, don’t forget to protect your teeth. If there’s a risk of dental injury, using a gum shield can help to prevent injuries and keep your smile in check.
- Brush twice a day, every day: brushing is the best way to keep dental disease at bay. Start and finish your day by brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste. Set a timer and make sure you cover every individual tooth.
- Steer clear of fizzy drinks: many of us tend to consume more fizzy drinks in the summer, especially on holiday. Fizzy drinks are often packed with sugar, but they’re also acidic, which spells trouble for the enamel. Try and stick to water and if you must have fizzy pop, opt for diet versions and drink them with a meal.
- Wear your seat belt: this may sound very obvious, but it’s amazing how many people go on holiday and adopt a much more relaxed approach to health and safety. If you’re hiring a car or taking a taxi, don’t forget to buckle up. Seatbelts reduce the risk of serious injuries, including dental and facial injuries.