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Overseas Health Insurance News: Oral health 'should not ruin Christmas'

Expatriates may wish to use international health insurance policies to ensure their teeth are strong and oral hygiene is good in the seasonal period.

British Dental Health Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter noted many dentists will take some time off during the run-up to the holidays, which can make it difficult to resolve any problems.

He claimed the "last thing" individuals want to happen on Christmas Day is for toothache to spoil the festivities, especially if it is affecting a cavity they were already aware of.

Members of the public who have not visited an oral health professional for a considerable period of time and those who already believe they have underlying issues in their teeth should therefore go to the dentist sooner rather than later, the doctor declared.

A study from Wrigley discovered more than 70 per cent of respondents consider bad breath or teeth to be the biggest turnoff possible if they went to kiss someone at an office Christmas party.

Furthermore, over a quarter cite fresh breath as the most important thing to prepare when getting ready for this event, with one-sixth of those polled saying the festive celebration is a good opportunity to try to romance a colleague and almost a third admitting they have done so in the past.

In general terms, individuals can protect their oral health by visiting dentists as frequently as the professional advises, Dr Carter recommended.

He remarked the requirements are no longer necessarily "every six months" but stated: "Get along there on a regular basis."

Furthermore, the medical professional suggested individuals minimise their consumption of sugary beverages and food and consider taking sugar-free chewing gum around with them, for use "inbetween meals".

Dr Carter also highlighted the importance of brushing "twice a day, night and morning, with a fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at a time".

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