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We talk travel trends and teeth


  Posted by: The Probe      26th April 2019

Trips away shouldn’t mean neglecting oral care, with mouth issues abroad posing potential difficulties, as well as an inconvenience to patients’ enjoyment.

hoosing when, where and for how long we travel overseas has become easier than ever with the help of technology, the internet and mobile applications. Many people still use travel agents to plan for trips overseas, but others create tailor-made holiday packages using online flight and hotel booking websites. Peer review platforms like Tripadvisor and Expedia have helped travellers develop more realistic expectations of what it’s like to stay somewhere, virtually eliminating the fear of travelling to unfamiliar places.

People have become so comfortable with the idea of journeying abroad that backpacking – whereby one travels with just a backpack full of belongings – is no longer the frightening venture it once was. In fact, backpacking has become one of the trendiest forms of travel, regardless of age, and it seems the idea of adventuring out alone is also of huge appeal. According to ABTA’s latest Holiday Habits Report, more than one in six people chose to go on holiday by themselves in the past 12 months, which has increased from one in nine people who took a solo holiday in 2017. Interestingly, women are now much more likely to travel alone than men, which is a trend that continues to rise.

For many, the excitement and joy of travelling abroad is second-to-none, but following a routine while on-the-road can be challenging. Simple things like oral healthcare can often fall by the wayside as hygiene habits and sensible eating are abandoned in favour of convenience. Patients should be able to enjoy their travels to the fullest, so it is important that they are reminded of their responsibility to take care of their teeth and gums, which are often taken for granted until something goes wrong. Finding high quality treatment for any potential problems can be difficult in an unfamiliar country, where procedures could be substandard and practices may not be adequately regulated. Footing the bill for any dental treatment required could also prove extremely costly for patients that lack appropriate travel insurance cover.

Therefore, the prevention of any dental problems is vital. The importance of visiting the practice for a comprehensive examination and cleaning should be emphasised to patients before they leave the country. Dental practitioners can help people better prepare for their travels by recommending oral healthcare solutions that are not only easy to carry, but will encourage patients to maintain good oral hygiene habits while they are travelling. For instance, the CS 5460 manual toothbrush from Curaprox offers the benefits of a compact, lightweight design. Available in a variety of eye-catching colours, the CS 5460 also features ultra soft CUREN® filaments on its easy-to-angle brush head, ensuring a gentle but effective clean of the teeth and gums.

To the frequent flyer, commercial travel has made our world smaller and more accessible. So long as every globetrotter remembers to brush twice a day and regularly cleans interdentally, they can ensure optimal oral health – no matter where they are in the world.

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About the author

Dawn Woodward, National Sales Manager, Curaprox.

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