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

First things first: try to schedule a regular dental appointment before your trip. Dentistry is more than getting your teeth fixed–it’s establishing a relationship with your dentist, the dental team, and preventing problems before they start! Call Sachs Family Dental at 801-225-4701 to set up an appointment before your next vacation.

Remember to air out your toothbrush as much as possible when traveling. Keeping it in closed spaces lets bacteria multiply quickly. Don’t store your toothbrush with other toothbrushes, as this can lead to cross-contamination and the spread of bacteria. 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 dangerous to your oral health.

Finally, keep up on the basics. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with a clean toothbrush. 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 therapeutic mouthwash. If you have trouble spending enough time on your teeth, try using a timer.

You can maintain a top-notch smile and excellent oral health, even on the road. For more information, call Sachs Family Dental at 801-225-4701 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.