Dentist's advice before leaving on vacation

advice from a dentist

Getting ready to go on vacation? Whether you're traveling alone, as a couple, with family or friends, you want to unwind, especially at this time of year. That saidoral hygiene should always be a priority, even when you're away from home. HELVIDENT shares 5 dentist tips to help you enjoy the summer without neglecting your teeth. It's the best way to have a beautiful smile when you go back to school!

Dentist tip #1: don't chew the ice cubes.

On hot summer days, we tend to consume a lot of ice cubes. It's the easy way to cool down a drink and, by the same token, to refresh yourself. But ice cubes are no friend of your teeth. If you chew them, you make your teeth more vulnerable to accidents. The risk of damaging enamel or breaking a tooth is very real. Dentists in Fribourg therefore recommend that you avoid chewing on ice cubes.

Dentist's advice #2: limit lemonade consumption.

Many people think that lemonade or lemon water are healthy drinks. These drinks are obviously very refreshing, but they are no substitute for plain water. In fact, these drinks contain acidic lemons and even sugar. Frequent exposure to these products is bound to damage teeth (enamel erosion), cavity formation...). Water remains the preferred option for staying hydrated without risk to your oral hygiene. 

Dentist's advice #3: reduce consumption of energy drinks.

For some, the vacations are synonymous with sporting activity; for others, with partying until dawn. Either way, you may be tempted to drink more energy or sports drinks. Even if their name suggests that they are healthy drinks, they contain a lot of sugar. In fact, it's often the main ingredient. For all dentists in Switzerland, sugar means cavities. Reduce your consumption of sugary drinks and always prefer plain water. 

Dentist's advice #4: Wear a mouthguard during high-risk activities.

The vacations are the ideal time for a variety of outdoor activities, especially for children and teenagers. Cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding... all these activities carry the risk of falls or collisions. Every dentist's advice: wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. avoid dental trauma

Dental tip #5: consult your dentist before going on vacation.

Planning to travel abroad over the summer? Our dentists in Lausanne recommend that you check the condition of your teeth so you can leave with peace of mind. Nobody wants to face a dental emergency while on vacation. That's why it's best to prevent any problems and treat them before you leave Switzerland. Indeed, access to dental care in some destinations is of lesser quality, or even non-existent (isolated locations, for example). HELVIDENT welcomes you to its three dental clinics in Fribourg, Lausanne and Aigle. Don't hesitate to make an appointment with one of our dental hygienists or dentists. 

Whatever the season, you should never neglect the health of your teeth. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes. Complement brushing by using floss or brushes to clean the interdental spaces.