5 top travelling tips for healthy teeth

It’s that time of year when a lot of our patients are off on their summer holidays. Everyone loves to get some time in the sun however it is also often the time when we forget about looking after our teeth. Here at The Courtyard Clinic we have 5 top tips for keeping your teeth healthy:
1) Don’t forget to pack your brush!!
this may seem obvious but it is very easy to forget! Philips sonicare Diamondclean now comes with a handy travel box. This helps to keep your brush clean and free of bacteria. If you are taking a manual toothbrush with you- make sure it is dry before you leave or it will become a haven for bugs!
2) Purchase travel size toothpaste
Most toothpaste companies will have small travel size toothpastes at duty free- traditional sized toothpaste will not be allowed in your carry on luggage! We have some free samples which are perfect for this so feel free to ask your dentist for one!
3) Check local water safety
certain countries do not have water which is safe to drink, follow the guidance given to you and if it is not safe to drink do not brush your teeth with it. Be safe and use bottled water, noone likes to get ill especially on holiday!
4) Dental problems abroad
Always call your usual dentist if you have any problems while away, we can usually recommend the best course of treatment and depending on the country we may even know a reputable dentist that you can go to. Certain countries do not follow the strict regulations that we have to in this country so make sure you know you are going to a safe location.
5) Don’t forget your evening brush!
Many of us may overindulge while we are away on food and especially a nice cold glass of wine or two! Don’t forget wine is high in acid and sugar and all that food will sit on your teeth overnight and may lead to decay or gum disease so always remember to brush before going to bed- your teeth will thank you in the morning!

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