When you first decide to take a trip or be away from your home, there are many things to think about. Travel arrangements, cost of the trip, where to stay are all at the top of the list. If you’re like most people, thinking about a dental emergency while away is not high on the list at all. In fact, many people don’t even give it a thought, until it’s too late. Here’s some tips on how to avoid dental emergencies when travelling.
To help eliminate the need to deal with a dental emergency is to be prepared. This is especially true if you’re dealing with some tooth pain before you leave, Take a pro-active approach and do this to put your mind at ease.
Here’s 4 must know tips before you depart:
Make an appointment for a checkup:
If you have a history of gum disease or cavities, come in for a cleaning and tell your dentist you’re leaving for a trip soon. They can look for signs of problems you’ll need to monitor while traveling and give you tips for how to care for your teeth and respond to an emergency. It’s recommended to undergo any necessary serious procedures, such as a root canal, well before you leave, particularly if you are planning on leaving the country.
Check your dental insurance:
Many insurance policies don’t provide coverage overseas. An additional temporary dental plan may be needed to protect you while traveling.
Travel with all you need to practice good oral health. If you’ve been struggling with pain, in addition to seeing your dentist before you leave, travel with over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Also travel with toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash, to care for your mouth while you’re away.
Watch what you eat:
You can decrease your likelihood of an emergency by minding your oral habits while on vacation. For example, you should avoid chewing on hard candies and similar foods that could cause a crack or chip. If you’ve been dealing with sensitivity, abstain from coffee, tea, and other acidic beverages to avoid aggravating the problem and needing to visit a dentist while away. If you do have dental sensitivity while you’re away, look for ‘Sensodyne’ or similar brand of toothpaste at a pharmacy. Apply a pea sized amount to the sensitive area after you brush your teeth and leave it on overnight.
A dental emergency is a scary experience — especially while traveling. But with some planning and forethought, you can care for your teeth before you leave and lessen the risk something will happen.
Certainly, you’ll take the same precautions for your children if the trip includes the whole family.
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