Dental Things to Bring to Festivals

If you’re like me and have ever attended a festival, you’ll likely be hooked from the get go and addicted to the culture at these things. The people and vibes and atmosphere are so laid back, accepting, and kind that you can’t help but set aside money for next year’s ticket right after the festival ends. It’s just that perfect of a time.

Some people go for the festivities. Some go for the weather and atmosphere. Some go for the drinking and drugs. And some go because of their friends. Me, though, I go for the entirety of it all. I go for the experience itself and just being among some of the most open-minded people I’ve ever met.

But when it comes to packing some of the important things, a lot of festival goers drop the ball on some of the most basic amenities. Some of those things are dental hygiene related. So, to make it easier on you (the potential festival attendee), I’ve compiled the most important things to bring for keeping your breath fresh and your teeth sparkling.

Travel toothpaste.

An entire tube is way too much for a weekend camping at a festival, and honestly, it’s too big. Not that you wouldn’t have the room for it, but what’s the point? Just get a small one to go and you’ll have plenty.

Flossing picks.

These are a godsend because of how travel friendly they are. You likely won’t have a mirror handy to look in for using traditional floss, so having these available are wonderful while camping. You never know when you’ll have a piece of food stuck in your teeth, too, so you can even pack them in your fanny pack or camelback on the move.

Mouthwash galore.

When you don’t have the time to brush right before going into the festival for the day (especially if you slept in to recover from your hangover from the night before . . .), mouthwash is a quick and easy way to “freshen up” when you’re crunched for time. Just like the toothpaste, opt for a travel sized mouthwash to save room and make it easier for you to carry around. (And who knows, maybe people will want to use some in the festival grounds, too!)

Water, water, water.

This is an extremely important thing to have in general when going to large festivals just to stay hydrated in the blazing sun. But having it for brushing your teeth is much more needed than you would imagine. Have you ever brushed your teeth with just a toothbrush and toothpaste? I haven’t either. Water is always a key component to getting a nice mouthful of suds. And it’s also useful for swishing around your mouth afterwards in order to clear your mouth of any leftover paste.

Routine Screening for Reduced Oral Cancer Risk

The number of oral cancer cases has increased despite the fact that a quick and easy checkup can help catching this health condition in the early stage.

Oral cancer screening is the part of routine dental checkup. It means that whenever you will go to the dentist for a preventive care visit, you will get the oral cancer screening test run on you. Now, the good news is that the technology is being used to ensure accuracy of the checkup. Visual examination along with the use of fluorescent light technology helps in identifying slight changes in the soft tissues. This way, it can be determined if the pre-cancerous or cancerous cells occur in the oral cavity. The screening process doesn’t take more than just a few minutes. In fact, the patient may not be able to know if there is a cancer screening being conducted. These few minutes can save the patient’s life.

It turns out that oral cancer screening can solely be an important reason for visiting the dentist because over 40,000 new cases of oral cancer emerge every year. If the problem is diagnosed in early stages, it can be treated quite successfully and you can expect full recovery after the treatment. And if the problem is diagnosed in later stages, the chances of survival drop by 50%. So, it is very important to get your oral cavity fully checked on regular basis.

Oral cancer symptoms

Apart from oral cancer screening that you get from your dentist, you also can watch out for some specific symptoms. If you find these symptoms existing in your body, you can quickly call for the dental appointment. The patients, who are at higher risk of developing this cancer, should look out for these symptoms. These symptoms mainly include:

  • Soreness in the back of the mouth or on the tongue
  • Red and white patches on the mouth’s soft tissues
  • Sensation of something being stuck in the throat due to soreness
  • Trouble in swallowing foods
  • Mouth numbness

Finding any of these symptoms existing in you should be a heads-up call. You can visit the dentist to get your oral cavity fully checked. If you use tobacco in any form, you are at the higher risk of developing this cancer. First, you have to quit using tobacco, then, you have to make sure that you are not missing any dental visit.