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Dental Problems


Keeping your mouth healthy at festivals

  • The best way of looking after your mouth is to brush your teeth and gums twice a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste.  Don’t forget to pack them though if you do, most festivals also have stalls where you can buy them 

  • Clean your teeth with clean water and it is best just to spit after cleaning rather than rinse as that helps the toothpaste work for longer.  If you wear a denture or orthodontic brace gently clean that too and rinse in clean water.

  • If you are in the middle of a course of dental treatment discuss with your dentist that you will be away.  This is particularly important if you are having root canal treatment or crowns and have temporary fillings in place.  Store their telephone number on your phone so you can get advice if worried.


What to do if things go wrong

  • If you get toothache visit the on-site pharmacy or medical tent and get their advice about taking pain-killers.  Always stay within the recommended dosage.  For infections of your gums and mouth rinse with warm salty water or a mouthwash from pharmacy.

  • If you lose a filling and there is no dentist available, you may be able to buy a home use temporary filling kit to help over the days at the festival.

  • If you have a swollen mouth or face, particularly if you having difficulty swallowing or breathing visit the medical team as soon as possible.

  • If you have a mouth injury and have damage to your teeth, gums or cheeks, get that checked by the medical team as soon as possible.  If a tooth is knocked out try and keep it, in water or milk, as it may be possible to replant it if you get help promptly.


Useful Links

NHS Choices Dental health

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