Preparing for oral health care with your Egham dentist
Cheaper travel rates, accommodation and social media showing us that we can all be more adventurous if we really want to be, means that exotic holidays are more accessible than ever. There are lots of things to consider with trips like these, but we want to help you with one very important consideration, and that is your oral health.
There's nothing like a horrible toothache to ruin any trip, but it is a lot worse when you don't have access to a dentist until you get home. You also want the best possible smile for that incredible jungle/abandoned beach/mountain top selfie you're going to break the internet with! Dr Hana Khan shares some sound advice below:
Take Spares And Then More Spares!
On a normal holiday you might take a toothbrush and toothpaste, knowing you could buy replacements at the local supermarket with English products or, products just like those you buy at home. However, when the holiday is more exotic and you won't have a shop to visit, or you won't be able to understand labels and language is a true barrier, you need to take spares. Just take two brushes and two toothpastes instead of one, so you know if you leave a toothbrush behind in your accommodation, you've got a spare available to you.
Keep Up Oral Health Routines
The less you care for your teeth daily, the more likely an issue is to arise whilst you are away. Daily oral health routines of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time will make a lot of difference to how healthy your teeth look and feel. So even if you are partying or, travelling overnight, try to remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at the very least.
Watch What You Eat And Drink
Being at university is exciting, confusing and at times overwhelming. There are lots and lots of reasons you need your smile to be in the best condition during this memorable time of life. You're meeting new people, going for important interviews and doing presentations, you might even be going on a few dates!
To help you maintain the most beautiful smile for these important years, follow your Egham dentists tips for taking care of your smile as a new university student. Dr Elizabeth Ahearne from our team offers you some essential advice:
Register With Your Local Dentist
It is so important that you register with your local dentist when you move to university. It certainly won't be the most exciting thing you do, as you pick fancy dress for endless parties and nights out, meet all different kinds of people from all walks of life, and even go on your very first food shop as an independent adult. However, it is one of the most important things you'll do, as you'll be able to book checkups which help prevent nasty toothaches and issues that could cause you disruption and pain you don't have time for. You'll also have a local dentist to go to should you sustain a tooth injury at one of the many sports clubs you join, or just tripping up the stairs after a late night of studying.
Maintain Good Daily Oral Hygiene Habits
Tooth care at home is easy because you have a dedicated area for your toothbrush and toothpaste and you have an established routine.
But what if you're on the go a lot? What if you spend most of your time out of the house? Your teeth may require a little extra attention when you don't have your usual toothbrush and toothpaste to hand.
So how do you keep your smile beautiful wherever you are? Take a look at these handy tips from your Egham dentist to keep your grin gleaming regardless of where you are:
Keep Chewing The Sugar Free Gum
Sugar free chewing gum comes with a multitude of benefits for the mouth. It provides fresh breath short term, with the minty flavour that chewing gum usually comes in. Chewing gum also helps to remove food debris from the teeth, and it stimulates saliva production which helps rinse the teeth and to neutralise the acid levels in the teeth. Saliva also has 'good' bacteria that fights 'nasty' bacteria so the more of it there is, the more protected the teeth are.
Carry A Mini Tooth Brushing Kit
You can get mini travel toothbrushes, mini toothpastes and floss kits. These can help you give your teeth a quick scrub in a bathroom or even in the car if you need to, should a situation arise where you need to get your teeth properly freshened for a meeting or a date.
At the very least, floss is a great on the go tool because it helps to clean debris from between the teeth which is often what causes bad smells and which may taint an otherwise beautiful smile.
Drink Lots Of Water
It is really important to take care of your smile during pregnancy.
This is because pregnancy can cause changes in your hormones that make you more likely to develop dental issues like gum disease, which can then affect the health of your baby.
Your Egham dentist recommends that you make an appointment at the surgery before you get pregnant, so when you are planning on trying. This is so that we can give your teeth a scale and polish, examine all your teeth, gums and soft tissues and perform any X-rays and other diagnostics that would otherwise be avoided during pregnancy. We will also treat any dental issues that are active.
When you become pregnant it is important to let your dentist know. You should also let them know which medications and vitamins you are taking because of your pregnancy, and also any medical advice specific to your pregnancy. It is also important to mention any cravings you may be having such as a craving for sour things or other 'odd' foods which may compromise your teeth and gums. Your dentist can then create a treatment plan that works for your individual needs during your pregnancy.
It is also very important that you continue to go to your check-ups with your Egham dentist and don't just skip them because you are pregnant. As an expecting mum, you are more at risk of gum disease which could then cause long term dental damage if it is not treated, and it could even cause issues for your unborn baby.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with plenty of tips to help keep your teeth healthy during pregnancy. For example, we can recommend certain toothpaste brands to use if you have morning sickness, and we can advise on special care to help avoid it causing any long term issues.