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Summer is here, and it’s time for a well-earned vacation. Remember to pack your toothbrush! Here are some tips to make sure your oral health habits don’t slip while you’re seeing the world.

First things first: keep up on the basics. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with a clean toothbrush that has soft bristles. Use an interdental cleaner, such as floss, once a day for 2-3 minutes each session. If possible, finish the cleaning with an ADA approved mouthwash. If you have trouble spending enough time on your teeth, try using a timer.

Remember to air out your toothbrush as much as possible when traveling, as keeping it in closed spaces lets bacteria multiply quickly. Don’t store your toothbrush with other toothbrushes, as this can lead to cross-contamination. NEVER share your toothbrush with another person, or use it for anything other than brushing your teeth. This also leads to cross-contamination and can be very dangerous to your oral health.

Remember to pack some ADA approved sugarless gum. This may help keep you from unnecessary snacking, and will help clean your mouth between meals and brushing. The ADA Seal of Acceptance guarantees a product that will do what it says it will do–help keep your mouth clean.

You can maintain a top-notch smile and excellent oral health, even on the road. For more information, call Dr. Leo Eliezer at Jones Bridge Dental Care in Alpharetta, Georgia, at 678-813-1634 and talk to a member of our dental team! We are here to give you the information you need to keep your smile bright this summer.