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The holidays are just around the corner, and for many of us, that means some travel time. Remember to pack your dental hygiene tools! Here are some tips to make sure your oral health habits don’t slip while you’re away.

First things first: keep up on the fundamentals of oral hygiene. Use a clean toothbrush that has soft bristles to brush your teeth. This should take two minutes, twice a day. Use an interdental cleaner, such as conventional single-filament dental floss, once a day. This should take about 2-3 minutes each session. If you would like, you can finish the cleaning with an ADA approved mouthwash. If you find it difficult to spend enough time on your teeth, try using a timer.

Remember to take out your toothbrush as much as possible when traveling, and leave it in the open air. Keeping it in closed spaces lets bacteria multiply quickly. Don’t ever store your toothbrush with other toothbrushes, as this leads to cross-contamination. NEVER share your toothbrush with another person! This also leads to cross-contamination and can be very dangerous to your oral health. If your toothbrush gets contaminated, throw it away immediately and replace it as soon as possible.

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.

For more information, call Philippe Athuil, DDS in Beverly Hills, California, at 310-286-2241. Dr. Philippe Athuil and our team look forward to helping your smile shine!