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Oral hygiene tips for travelling

Summer means one thing for most people – vacation. Travelling is something everyone enjoys and getting out of Surrey or Delta to see the sights can be one of the best ways to spend your time. But before travelling, here are a few tips to maintain good oral hygiene:

Get a checkup before you go
It’s always a good idea to see your orthodontist before heading on the road. They may be able to spot any problems before you travel and by ensuring that everything is exactly where it’s supposed to be, you have one less thing to worry about.

Be prepared in case of emergency
Have your orthodontist’s phone number on hand in case you need emergency treatment while in a foreign city. It’s also a good idea to know what the names of the different parts of your appliances are so you can easily explain what’s wrong.

You also want to have back-ups for everything. Pack extra brushes, toothpaste, and floss. If you’re worried about the size, find collapsible toothbrushes and buy mini versions of everything. Almost every drug store has a section with travel versions of their most popular products.

Shutterstock 233697661Store your toothbrush properly
You may not always get to air dry your toothbrush so it’s a good idea to store it in a container that is large enough to provide air circulation. If you brush gets wet and stays wet, that promotes bacteria growth that can cause any number of dental problems. And make sure that case is clean before the trip begins.

Bottled water is best
If you’re not sure if the tap water is clean and safe to drink, use bottled water when brushing your teeth. If your toothbrush gets dipped into the local, unsafe water, replace the brush immediately.

At Maduke Bulat, we want to make sure your smile gets better with proper orthodontics and your oral hygiene doesn’t suffer when on a trip. If you’ve got any questions or want to schedule that pre-trip appointment, contact us today.

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