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Are you going on a trip? Fantastic! Have a great time – and remember to pack your toothbrush! Here are some tips to make sure your oral health habits don’t slip while you’re out expanding your perspective of the world:

Even while you’re vacationing, keep up on your oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day with a clean toothbrush that has soft bristles. Use floss once a day, preferably at night. You can even finish the cleaning with a travel-sized ADA approved mouthwash.

Air out your toothbrush as much as possible while you are traveling. If you keep it in closed spaces, especially while wet, bacteria on the brush tend to multiply quickly. To avoid storing your toothbrush with other toothbrushes. Do not share your toothbrush with another person, or use it for anything other than brushing your teeth. This leads to cross-contamination and can be very dangerous to your oral health.

ADA approved sugarless gum can do wonders for you on your trip. The ADA Seal of Acceptance guarantees the product that will do what it says it will do. After a delicious meal, pop some in your mouth and it will help your teeth and gums and breath stay fresh in between brushing. It will even stimulate saliva production and clean your mouth.

You can do it! You can have a top-notch smile and excellent oral health, even on the road. For more information, call Dr. Brenda E. Howard at Blissful Dental in Lanham, Maryland, at 301.552.2662 and talk to a member of our dental team.