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As you hit the road, don’t forget about your smile. Traveling, especially while on vacation, can make you forget about your teeth and gums. This often alters your oral health and sometimes results in dental issues. All in all, it’s important to keep your smile in tip-top shape while you’re traveling. To help you do so, Dr. Aaron Moore and our dental team have some helpful tips for you.

First, brush your teeth twice a day. Make sure to brush for two minutes each time—preferably once in the morning and once at night. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you thoroughly scrub each tooth and you scrub the surface of your tongue when you’re done.

Second, floss your smile at least once a day. As you floss, scrape the sides of each tooth and remove the plaque that lives there. Be gentle along the gumline as you clean the cracks between your teeth. You can use a flossing product of your choice to clean your smile.

Third, pack travel-sized oral hygiene tools with you. The smaller the brush, the better because it will only take a little bit of room in your suitcase. It’s also recommended to pack a toothbrush cover so you can keep the bristles away from germs and bacteria. When it comes to toothpaste, only pack paste that weighs about or less than 3.4 ounces. This is recommended because there is a weight limit for liquids boarding an aircraft. If you aren’t flying, you can pack a normal tube if you desire.

If you have questions or if you would like to know more about travel tips for your smile or even about oral hygiene in Parkersburg, West Virginia, please call Moore Family Dental at 304-699-0359. Our dental team is more than happy to talk with you and give you the tips and information you need to take good care of your smile.