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Looking after your teeth while abroad

18th April 2017 , Afyonkarahisar, Bayat

When you are on holiday, it is very easy to start to let old habits completely disappear – after all, you’re on vacation! If you normally went to bed at 10 o’clock in the evening at home and then start to go to bed at 11 o’clock on vacation, you start to feel different, as though you really are far away from any of the problems that you left behind. Never usually have wine with dinner? Why not, you’re on vacation! Don’t normally sleep in past 7 o’clock in the morning? Why not, you’re on vacation! However, that does not mean of course that absolutely every single good habit that you built up at home should completely fall by the wayside, and the one that invariably does always seems to be brushing your teeth.

Brushing your teeth twice a day, every day, is a habit for life but it always seems to be paused when someone is travelling. Sometimes that can be because there is a confusing time difference, and your body really isn’t that sure whether or not it is time right now to brush your teeth. In other cases it can be because the local meal times are completely different – like in Spain, where the evening meal may not start until 9 o’clock in the evening. On the other hand, none of those sorts of reasons is any excuse for completely abandoning the good habit of brushing your teeth. If you want to be able to look after your teeth properly while you are abroad, then you need to follow these simple tips:

Have a proper check up before you go

Dr Paige Woods, a brilliant dentist based in San Diego in her own dental practice, always recommends that her patients come to see her before they go on an international trip, because if there are any teeth problems then you want to be able to sort them out at home, with a dentist that speaks your own language, rather than trying to find an emergency dentist out there.

Take a toothbrush on the flight with you

Just because you’re in the air doesn’t mean that you don’t have to brush! It is perfectly possible to bring a toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste on a flight with you, and you should try to brush your teeth around 30 minutes after you have eaten to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Floss every 24 hours

It does not matter what the time difference is, it is vital that you continue to floss your teeth, so to prevent yourself from getting confused with the new clocks, just put a reminder on your phone to go off every 24 hours so that you can remember to floss.

Continue the good habits when you get home!

Don’t take any bad habits back home with you! Even if you do not manage to brush your teeth properly when you are on vacation, make sure that you get back into your good habits when you get back home.

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