Is your smile vacation ready?


Is your smile vacation ready?

Posted by James Cadigan in Dental Health 07 Jul 2017

Many people at this time of year are looking forward to a well-earned vacation and it is great to get away and explore new places or countries. You don’t want anything to get in the way of having a good time, so it can be wise to make sure you and your family are up-to-date with your dental checkups. If your checkup is overdue, why not get in touch with Chatham Dental Centre to book your appointment?

Why Get a Dental Checkup Before Your Vacation?

We know it can be a busy time immediately before you go on vacation, but there is nothing worse than developing toothache or another dental problem while you are away. There is the hassle of having to find a dentist, possibly language barriers and you’ll be treated by a dental team you don’t know. Although a checkup won’t completely eliminate your risk of a dental emergency, we can detect and treat any dental problems that could cause you problems. These include leaky fillings or crowns, as well as any signs of tooth decay, all of which are common problems that could cause toothache and infection.

Signs That Can Indicate a Dental Problem

It is an especially good idea to see Dr. James Cadigan before your vacation if you have noticed any problems with increased tooth sensitivity, or if you have had toothache just recently. Tooth sensitivity occurs when teeth are exposed to hot or cold foods or when you eat something sweet or sour. One common cause of tooth sensitivity is having a cavity or chip in a tooth. A dental checkup will soon determine the cause and we can suggest a suitable treatment.

Refreshing Your Smile Before You Go

Being in the sun is enough to make anyone smile, but if your teeth are looking a little dingy or discoloured, you might want to refresh your looks before you go. Having your teeth professionally cleaned might be enough to do the trick, as it will leave them looking slightly brighter than before. If you would like a more dramatic result, ask Dr. Cadigan about our high-quality whitening services. An in-chair whitening treatment will quickly restore your teeth to pearly white glory, while a home whitening kit will get great results in just a couple of weeks.

Make the Most of All the Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

Whether you are staying in this country are going further afield, it is great to take advantage of all the seasonal fruits and vegetables this year. Fresh fruits and vegetables make a good addition to any meal or are ideal for snacks. If you can, aim to choose ones that are quite crunchy as these have a higher water content and are higher in fibre, and they can have a very slight scrubbing action on your teeth.

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Toothbrush

Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush plus your favourite toothpaste. If you use a rechargeable electric toothbrush and are going abroad, check the voltage or switch to a manual brush for your vacation. Remember to take some dental floss, as your gums will love you for looking after them.

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