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At Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry in Bend, Oregon, we know summer is a time when many of us like to travel. Whether your family is exploring our beautiful state or flying to new destinations, preparation is key to keeping your smiles healthy. To protect your family’s oral health, our dentist, Dr. Thomas E. Wold and our team want to help you pack wisely for your trip, by bringing what you will need to care for the smiles you have worked so hard to achieve.

What to pack:

— Disposable toothbrush to keep those pearly whites clean.

— Travel-size toothpaste to remove bacteria and created good breath.

— Compact dental floss to clean in between teeth and along the gumline.

— Mini-mouthwash to kill germs and lower acid levels in the mouth.

— Sugar-free gum after meals when brushing isn’t an option (it stimulates saliva flow which cleans the teeth and attracts food particles and bacteria).

— For those whitening their teeth, remember to bring whitestrips.

— When traveling to places where the water isn’t safe to drink, use bottled water to hydrate and brush teeth with. Hydration is key to avoiding dry mouth.

— Don’t forget nightguards or retainers.

— Dental emergency filling/crown repair kit.

— For those wearing braces, add tooth picks or floss-picks, orthodontic wax, an extra clear plastic aligner tray, and check ahead to have the name, phone number and address of an orthodontic office where you will be staying.

Please feel free to give our friendly dental team a call at 541.389.1301 if you have any questions, or to schedule visits before you go. Dr. Wold and our team in Bend, Oregon wishes you and your family safe and happy travels!