Our previous blog post discussed some of the most common dental emergencies and what to do if you find yourself suffering from one of them. Generally, it is advised to call your dentist and have then see you immediately. But things aren’t so easy when you’re, say, overseas. This post will provide some helpful tips on how to reduce the chances of suffering a dental emergency while abroad, and will also suggest what to do in the unfortunate situation you experience a dental emergency away from home.

 

  1. Prevention is your first step to help reduce the chance of needing to deal with a dental emergency abroad.
    • Like with a car, regular check ups help ensure you won’t experience any issues related to decay, cavities, gum disease, and overall poor oral hygiene.
    • Booking a check up shortly before your departure is also a good idea. Make sure to mention your trip to your dentist, as they can let you know before you go if you have any areas to keep an eye on.
      • A common cause of extreme tooth pain while flying is when the change in air pressure irritates a pre existing crack in a tooth. Your dentist will be able to fix any for you before you fly.
    • Avoid more complex procedures (like a root canal) right before you go, since you don’t want to be mid-recovery while away from home.
  2. Check your insurance policy to ensure dental emergencies are covered. If they aren’t, strongly consider adding them on.
  3. Be prepared. Like any good girl scout, ensure you have all the necessary toiletries packed in your carry on:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Floss
    • Over the counter pain medication
  4. Avoid the following, which increase your likelihood of damaging teeth:
    • Contact spots without a mouth guard
    • Chomping down on hard candy
    • Eating sticky candy like taffy

 

And if all of the above measures still don’t help you from preventing a dental emergency, then make sure you address your issues as soon as you can. A good tip is to seek advice from a hotel concierge in the area who should be a wealth of information and able to point you in the right direction. Remember to read our tips here, too, to help you out in the meantime.

Have toothbrush. Will travel.

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