A set of healthy pearly whites are this year’s No. 1 festival accessory
Teeth fall to the bottom of the bill as UK festival goers neglect their dental health – but a few simple tricks can keep your teeth shining bright all festival long.
While pitching tents, great music and good food are top of the bill for festival goers this season, it seems teeth haven’t made it to the main stage, with a recent study by oral health expert, Careway Pharmacy, outing the UK’s young adults as the worst offenders when it comes to their dental hygiene.
The research – among 2,000 UK adults– revealed 18 – 34 year-olds as the most likely to brush just once a day.
It also showed 18 – 24 year-olds to be the group least likely to brush their teeth for the recommended two minutes, with more than forty per cent admitting only the briefest of flirtations with their toothbrushes, of up to 60 seconds.
Alison Freemantle, Clinical Pharmacist at Careway comments: “Not only are food-filled, yellow teeth and dodgy breath the least attractive festival fashion accessories, not maintaining a simple dental health routine can lead to serious life-threatening health conditions later in life, such as heart disease and strokes.
“Following a few simple on-the-go hygiene teeth tricks will ensure your pearly whites are still shining bright, even if the British sunshine doesn’t this festival season!”
1. Take the right tool for the job
An electric toothbrush has no place in a muddy field, and a manual brush will do just as good a job providing you’re brushing properly. Brushing for 2-minutes, twice a day with a small travel sized toothbrush will keep your teeth in check during the festival season and will stop any expensive brushes getting ruined in the mud.
Packing a travel-sized fluoride-based toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss will also mean less weight in your backpack!
2. Limit the amount of sugary drinks you have
You’re bound to over-indulge at the festival; – a cheeky pint of cider here and there, coupled with plenty of energy drinks and junk food etc. While fizzy and sugary beverages can help to soak up the hangovers, these drinks really stain your teeth and stop them glowing. So, everything in moderation and keep up a good brushing routine!
3. Get the routine right
Just because you’re stood in a field and not in your bathroom, it doesn’t mean the same rules don’t apply when it comes to your teeth! Make sure you’re brushing for 2-minutes, twice a day, and using mouth wash and dental floss to keep your teeth in top condition. Use bottled water or the fresh drinking water available on your campsite to rinse your mouth as you brush – just be careful where you spit your toothpaste out…
4. Keep it clean
It’s important to keep your tooth cleaning kit clean to avoid any nasty infections that can be caused by bacteria. Using a travel toothbrush with a plastic cover or keeping your kit in a zippable, water-tight wash bag will stop it getting covered in mud and grime, and ensure your teeth are kept clean and healthy.
5. Always carry gum
It’s an age-old trick, but chewing sugar-free gum will not only keep your breath fresh, but also help to neutralise any acid in your mouth which can lead to enamel erosion.
6. Keep hydrated!
While it is crucial for your general health to stay hydrated while you’re out and about at a festival, drinking water will also help to keep your breath fresh, and your teeth sparkling. Drinking water after a sweet treat will stop the sugar from building up on your teeth, as well as keep your breath fresh and neutralise acids such as coffee and alcohol that encourage bacteria to grow.
For more expert healthcare tips and advice visit your local Careway Pharmacy.