Festival Oral Healthcare

Don’t leave your oral hygiene at the festival gates

The festival season is well and truly upon us, with Radio 1’s Big Weekend kicking off the summer and the highlight – Glastonbury – just round the corner.

As we’re nearing some of the biggest and best festivals that the UK has to offer, TePe – leaders in interdental brushing and oral hygiene – have revealed that us Brits might be leaving our oral hygiene at the festival gates.

Research has revealed that while one third of us will spend over £50 on our appearance alone ahead of festivals, half of us admit that our usual oral health care routine goes out of the window on arrival, brushing less than the recommended twice a day.

One fifth admit to brushing less than once a day, and 15% report not brushing at all. The worst offenders in this survey are men, with a fifth admitting to not brushing at all during festival weekends. According to this research, the Welsh practice the best oral hygiene, with over 60% maintaining their routine of brushing twice a day – so stick with them at the festival stage!

Elaine Tilling, Head of Clinical Education at TePe UK, comments: “Whilst usual standards of personal hygiene can be hard to achieve during the festival season, we all like to think that we are nice to be near.  Skimping on our oral hygiene can very quickly lead to a build-up of foul smelling plaque, making you less than pleasant to be close to.”

Here are TePe’s top tips for maintaining good oral hygiene at festivals:

  • Pick away – Pop some TePe EasyPickTM in your bag. These flexible interdental picks are gentle on the gums and have a non-slip grip, so you can discreetly and easily remove any trapped food and clean between the teeth when you’re on the go. They also come in a handy travel case so there’s no excuse not to keep them on you
  • Get chewing! - Sugar free gum is a great way to freshen the mouth and encourage saliva flow to protect the enamel – saliva is Mother Nature’s tooth repair solution!
  • Swish - Swishing the mouth with water after eating will clear any loose debris and stimulate the saliva to flow. Saliva is nature’s natural cleanser and works to rebalance the acid environment produced in the mouth when we eat and drink
  • Pack a tongue cleaner – If you are worried about bad breath after all the food, drink and late nights, then take a tongue cleaner to help remove plaque from the surface of your tongue, which can build up and cause bad breath
  • Try an antibacterial mouthwash - that’s targeted for fresh breath control
  • Protect your lips – Lips are an integral part of a good smile so pack a lip balm to protect from the drying and sometimes damaging effects of the weather when you’re out and about all day this festival season. Even better if you apply a lip balm with an SPF to help prevent skin damage
  • RRP: £4
  • Stockists: Boots and Sainsbury’s
  • TePe EasyPick™ Orange (extra small/ small size) and Turquoise (medium/ large size) come in a pack of 36 and each pack includes a handy travel case perfect for on-the-go use