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At Apple Family Dental and Longview Family Dental, we know summer is traditionally a time when many of us travel. Whether to explore our state by motor vehicle or jumping on a plane to fly to new destinations or places we’ve loved before, preparation is key.

To maximize your enjoyment, Dr. Julia Gourley and Dr. Francisco Juson in Longview, Washington feel it helps to pack wisely for your trip, which means bringing what you need to continue to care for the smile you have worked so hard to achieve. We hope these tips help you have a safe and memorable journey!

What to pack:

–Disposable toothbrush to keep your pearly whites clean.

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

–Compact dental floss to clean in between your 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 you can bring whitestrips.

–If you are in a place where the water isn’t safe to drink, use bottled water to hydrate and brush your teeth with. Hydration is key to avoiding dry mouth.

–Don’t forget your nightguard or retainer.

–Dental emergency filling/crown repair kit.

–If you are 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.

If you received travel sized toothpaste and floss from your last dental visit, now is the time to pack them! Also, if you are traveling on a long trip, or out of the country, it is good to have a dental checkup before you leave. For more information, you can reach the dental teams for Dr. Julia Gourley and Dr. Francisco Juson in Longview, Washington, at our location nearest you!