FloydFest time is upon us. For five July days (23-27), the quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary suburb of music lovers.
The festival began in 2002, and spans 4 days each year with on-site camping and multiple stages featuring rock, bluegrass, reggae, folk, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiddish, Cajun, Zydeco, African, Appalachian, and world music performers. In addition to music, the festival features local arts and crafts, dance workshops, morning yoga lessons, story telling, poetry readings, and a Children’s Universe tent.
So, if you’re headed out to Floyd for Floyd Fest and taking advantage of the camping or “glamping”, here are some things you need to know about taking care of your teeth:
• Brush your teeth twice a day.
• Think twice before you spit a glob of toothpaste into the bushes. Animals can eat it, making them sick. But you don’t want to swallow the toothpaste, either. So after you swish, stand at the far edge of camp and spray with all your might, spewing the spit and toothpaste over a vast area to diffuse any potential environmental impacts. (Just don’t face into the wind or you’ll get a toothpaste shower!)
• We recommend you floss daily, so don’t forget to pack it!
• As for the equipment, pop a little plastic cap on your toothbrush from home. Make sure to let it breathe when you get there and when you head home. That little cap can help breed bacteria if you leave it on too long.
• There are also some great options out there for compostable toothbrushes, in case you leave it behind by accident.
This year’s line-up features some big names, like Ben Harper, Lauryn Hill and Ray LaMontagne, to name a few. So, if you’re headed to FloydFest, we’re sure you’re in for a great time. Just make sure you don’t forget about your dental routine while you’re there!