Q. I’m off to a couple of festivals soon–any tips on how I can look after my teeth on the go?
A. With the excitement that going to a music festival brings, you can be forgiven for not packing the right essentials in order to ensure that you can take the best care of your teeth.
You’reﬁlled with the excitement of watching your favourite music acts and gathering with friends to get away for a few days, amongst thousands of like-minded people who enjoy the same interest as you. But it is essential, at a music festival more than anything, to ensure you’re well equipped to look after your teeth and give them the best care.
A recent study from the Oral Health Foundation found that 10% of people that attend festivals do not brush their teeth for the duration of the entire event and around 40% do so one time or less per day.
With less than 15 percent having already attended a festival, or still planning on making their way to one over the summer, literally hundreds of thousands of revellers are putting their dental health at risk without recognising the consequences that they could bring. One thing to bear in mind is that usually at festivals, it can be really easy to forget about looking after your teeth–but if you’re neglecting your oral health, it could have serious consequences going forward.
What you eat and drink at festivals is not really perfect for your teeth –with there being a lot of sugary and acidic foods and drinks being consumed as well as high quantities of alcohol–which means you should make it even more of a priority to look after your teeth.
Another danger you should be aware of exposing your mouth too is the combination of smoking and drinking.
It is quite easy to be a social smoker in the environment of a festival but in actual fact, you’re increasing your chances of getting gum disease. Therefore, chewing gum afterwards increases the production of saliva in your mouth and helps to neutralise the acids that are present within your mouth, too.
Brushing your teeth twice a day– once in the morning and once before bed–will help to keep your teeth in the best possible condition and allow you to have the best possible time, too. Contact Synergy Dental Clinic Blackpool, email blackpool@ synergydental.org.uk or go to https://synergydental.org/dentist-in-blackpool