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Vacation time is here and you are ready to go. But are your teeth? Remember these tips to keep your teeth safe and sound while traveling.

In Case of Emergency: It is a great idea to keep your dentist’s office information in your cell phone, or to keep a business card in your wallet. More dental emergencies can be solved over the phone than you might think! If you’re in a bind, call Creative Smiles Dental Care at 508-588-1400, and we’ll help you out. We can help you determine what issues can wait and what needs to be dealt with immediately.

Bottled Water: If you are in an area with dubious water cleanliness, be sure to brush with bottled water. If contaminated water gets on your toothbrush, buy a new one. If you can’t, scrub your toothbrush thoroughly with bottled water.

Forgotten Toothbrush: If you have forgotten your toothbrush and cannot buy another right away, rinse your mouth vigorously with clean water to remove food particles. If needed, you may also put a small amount of toothpaste on a clean towel or a finger and brush that way. When you are able to buy a new brush, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. If there is no seal to be found, choose the softest toothbrush you can.

Pack Your Gum: Make sure to pack some ADA approved sugarless gum for your travels. Chewing gum can keep you from snacking unnecessarily, protecting your teeth from prolonged contact with sugars and starches that feed bacteria. Additionally, chewing gum for 20 minutes after a meal helps clean the mouth by stimulating saliva production.

Don’t forget to schedule your dental appointment before you go! Dr. Purvesh Malaviya and our team look forward to seeing you. Call Creative Smiles Dental Care at 508-588-1400 to schedule your appointment today!