There really is no place like the Pacific Northwest during summer. And warm summer nights are perfect for sleeping under the stars.

Whether you’re enjoying one of Washington’s many campgrounds, backpacking through the Cascades or Olympics, or enjoying the outdoors anywhere on the globe it’s important to take care of your smile.

Here are some campsite oral hygiene tips from our friends at Delta Dental of Washington:

  • Don’t forget your toothbrush! Store your toothbrush in a proper, well-vented case to keep it from getting dirty. Minimize bacteria growth by letting your toothbrush completely dry after use before placing it back in its case. Click here to learn how to brush your teeth in the woods.
  • Brush twice a day. While camping, it’s still important to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Sugary s’mores and granola aren’t the best for your smile so it’s especially important while camping.
  • Don’t forget to floss. Flossing is always important no matter where you are. It’s how you clean between your teeth. So, it’s especially important to floss while camping. Favorite camping snacks like dried fruit and nuts can get stuck between your teeth.
  • Pack it in; pack it out. Whenever you head outdoors, remember to leave nothing behind—including used floss.

Everyone knows how important it is to pack a first-aid kit for medical emergencies, but have you ever packed emergency dental supplies? Dental emergencies can happen anywhere—even while you’re camping. So, you should pack an Emergency Dental Kit. These include items such as cotton, toothache drops, temporary cement and the guidance you’ll need to handle everything from toothaches to lost fillings until you can get to your dentist.

If you’re one of the many happy campers who head outside during this last bit of summer, don’t forget your smile. Taking care of your smile at home or at the campsite will keep it healthy for years.