The British Dental Health Foundation has advised that if you are planning to go overseas this summer and have not had a check up recently that you book to see a dentist beforehand as a precaution and to eliminate potential long–term damage to your oral health.
Chief Executive of the Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter, said that a trip to the dentists should be a part of everyone’s pre–holiday preparations.
Dr Carter said: “Going to the dentist may not be at the forefront of your mind when preparing to go on holiday but it should not be ignored. When abroad we tend to eat more sugary foods and drinks and be more relaxed with our dental routine so it is vital that you know your teeth are in good shape before you leave.
The Foundation has also recommended that you take steps and plan for any dental emergencies that could arise while you’re away.
“Packing any prescribed medications and personal identification, as well as having searched for where all the best hospitals or health centres are, is just as important as remembering all your travel essentials.
“Emergency dental care in other countries can be both expensive and of variable quality.
“Although dental emergencies can develop at anytime, it can be a draining experience and ruin your plans if they occur during a holiday. The message, cliché though it may be, is ‘better to be safe than sorry’ and even though all your pre–planning will not prevent the emergency, it will make it easier for you if something does go wrong,” Dr Carter added.
Emergencies can range from painful toothaches to broken, loosened or knocked–out teeth. Whenever dental pain or trauma occurs, it is critical to seek immediate treatment to maintain oral health and possibly save teeth.
The Foundation advises that you take extra care and keep to a strict dental routine while away, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
If you need any tips on handling dental emergencies or further advice on dental precautions before going abroad, contact the National Dental Helpline on 0845 063 1188 or [email protected]
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The British Dental Health Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to improving the public’s oral health practice. It raises awareness of key issues such as mouth cancer through its annual Mouth Cancer Action Month campaign, and in alliance with its global arm, the International Dental Health Foundation, it runs the educational National Smile Month campaign. The Foundation provides free, impartial dental advice to inform and influence the public, the profession and the Government.