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Health Tip: Don't Forget About Your Teeth During Vacation
What your travel plans should include
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Vacation plans should always include what to do if there's an injury to your mouth or teeth, the American Dental Association advises.

Here are the group's recommendations:

  • Schedule a regular dental checkup before you head out for vacation.
  • In case of emergency, keep your dentist's contact information on hand while you travel.
  • Contact a U.S. embassy or local consulate if there's a dental emergency while you're overseas.
  • If you forget your toothbrush, vigorous rinsing with water or brushing your teeth with toothpaste on a clean wash cloth or a finger can tide you over until you can buy one.
  • Store your toothbrush in a sealable plastic bag for travel. Open the bag when you arrive.
  • Brush teeth with bottled water if you aren't certain the local water is safe for drinking.
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