Another survey about the nation’s dental habits has been released as part of National Smile Month. This time, the public were asked what was the most important thing to take on holiday, and the humble toothbrush came out top!
Beating suncream, a camera and a sunhat, taking a toothbrush in your luggage is one of the most important items to pack, wherever you spend your holidays.
The Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, has offered some advice for caring for your teeth when on holiday:
“Consuming too many acidic foods, as well as eating more sugary foods and drinks, traditionally associated with summer-time and holidays, can potentially increase the risk of dental erosion and tooth decay. Risks of dental erosion and tooth decay are also increased during the holiday season as eating-habits and patterns often change. It is more likely that normal meal-times are disrupted during the holidays and snacking and grazing increases, which can cause multiple-attacks on teeth throughout the day.
Many summer foods like vinaigrettes, olives, red wine and ciders are very acidic. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, and if it is worn away, the dentine underneath becomes exposed and teeth can look discoloured and become sensitive. Sugars from foods like ice-cream, seaside rock and fizzy drinks stimulate the formation of acids that attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. Tooth decay causes cavities and results in the need for fillings.”