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

Bottled Water:If you are in an area with an uncertain water cleanliness level, be sure to brush with bottled water. DON’T use local water to brush your teeth, and you could get very sick. If contaminated water gets on your toothbrush, it is best to buy a new one. If you can’t, wash your toothbrush thoroughly with bottled water.

In Case of Emergency: It is a good idea to keep your dentist’s office information in your cell phone, or to keep a business card in your purse or wallet. It can sometimes be hard to know what dental problems need to be seen right away and which can wait. More dental emergencies can be solved over the phone than you might think! If you’re in a bind, call Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D at (828) 264-5858 , and we’ll help you out.

Overseas: If you are traveling overseas and encounter a dental emergency, it is best to call the embassy or local consulate for recommendations. This ensures you get an objective recommendation, rather than a recommendation based on relationships or to simply drive business.

Forgotten Toothbrush: If you have forgotten your toothbrush and cannot buy another immediately, 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 find.

Don’t forget to schedule your regular appointment before you go! Dr. Jerry Butler and our team look forward to seeing you. Call Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D at (828) 264-5858 to schedule your appointment today!