Summer travel is an exciting time for many people as it brings a sense of adventure, new experiences, and relaxation. However, dental emergencies can occur anytime, including while traveling. Toothaches, broken teeth, lost fillings, or even losing a tooth can ruin your vacation experience if not dealt with properly. For this reason, knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency during summer travel is vital. The Argyle Family Dentistry team is here to discuss how to handle dental emergencies while on summer vacation.
Prepare before travel
Before embarking on your summer travel, prepare well for any possible dental emergency. If possible, visit your dentist for a check-up and complete any necessary dental procedures, such as filling cavities. Also, ensure you have an adequate supply of dental products such as floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash. It’s wise to carry an emergency dental kit comprising pain relievers, a temporary filling kit, and a small container to hold a lost tooth, just in case!
Know what to do in case of a dental emergency.
In a dental emergency, such as a toothache or knocked-out tooth, the first step is to remain calm. Panic will increase stress and worsen the situation. Then, seek dental attention immediately. If you’re at a hotel, ask the front desk for a recommendation on nearby dental clinics. Contact your nearest embassy for advice if you’re offshore or in another country. You can also search for local dentists on the internet if you have access.
Common Dental Emergencies:
A toothache can quickly ruin your vacation experience. If you experience a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss gently around the affected tooth. Then, apply a cold compress to the affected area to alleviate pain, swelling, and inflammation. If the pain persists, see a dentist.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
A broken or cracked tooth is a typical dental emergency, especially when traveling. Rinse your mouth with warm water, then place a cold compress on the affected area to prevent swelling. Visit a dentist as soon as possible, and carry the broken tooth to the dentist.
If you lose a tooth during travel, hold it by the crown, not the root, and rinse it with water. Place the tooth back in its socket and bite softly on a clean cloth to reduce bleeding and stabilize the tooth. If this is impossible, put the tooth in a small container with either milk or saliva. Seek emergency dental care immediately – preferably within 20 to 30 minutes.
Summer travel is a time to create happy memories and unwind from daily routines. However, dental emergencies can happen anytime. For this reason, it’s essential to stay prepared, remain calm, and know what to do in a dental emergency. Be sure to have a dental check-up before embarking on your summer travel, and carry an emergency dental kit. Remember to seek professional dental help immediately in case of an emergency. These measures will help you enjoy your summer travel with peace of mind. If you have any questions about how to prepare for dental emergencies, call (940) 464-3500.