Keep your oral health in check this Summer

Here comes spring and we might be thinking on summer holiday plans. When going on holiday, there are some basic measures you can take to avoid any unpleasant situations. In this article, we give you five tips for a healthy and worry-free holiday abroad.

1. Do your research

When travelling to a foreign country, it’s important to do your research and know the risks before you go.

  • What type of climate will you be in? Will there be a risk of heat stroke or sunburn?
  • Will you need dental care while away? Don’t leave home with a toothache! If you suspect you have any lurking problems in your mouth, schedule an appointment prior to your travel date so that you don’t end up with a tooth emergency while out of town. Research emergency dental clinics in your destination city and have those numbers handy to ensure that your time off is as relaxing as possible.

2. Vaccines and medications

The best way to maintain a healthy travel lifestyle when heading abroad is to know what vaccines will protect you. If you visit a medical clinic before your trip, your doctor will be able to give you the correct injections and prescribe the medicine that you will need in case of an emergency.

3. Heat and Sun

When out in the hot sun, wear a hat and cover up under lightweight clothing. If you are not sure what sun protection level you need, consult your pharmacy.

Sun damage may make the lips, especially the lower lip, hard and dry. People aged 45 and over and people with fair skin who have had extensive exposure to the sun are most susceptible to sun damage.

Long-term sun exposure may cause precancerous growths called actinic keratoses.

Sun-damaged lips are sometimes dry and scaly. These changes are considered precancerous, particularly if the lip surface thins, reddens, and develops sores (ulcers). Sun-damaged lips with such changes should be evaluated by a physician or dentist.

Sun damage to the lips can be minimized by covering the lips with a lip balm containing sunscreen.

4. Keep Hydrated

Drink plenty of bottled water to prevent dehydration.

5. Travel medical insurance

Accidents and illness might happen while on holiday, and this could become stressful when you are in a foreign country and in an environment you don´t know. Make sure you are fully insured for peace of mind by purchasing a health travel insurance.

At Western Road Dental Practice we work with Denplan to offer you Dental cover and insurance. This covers temporary emergency dental treatment when overseas, up to £470 per incident, telephone call cover of up to £60 for an out of hours consultation and other benefits to make sure your dental health is not compromised while away.

Call us on 01708 203 146 or book an appointment with us to find out more on our dental insurance plans with Denplan.