Dental Travel Tips from Neesh Dental
Get Your Teeth Travel Prepared
The best way to ensure you don’t have a dental emergency while travelling it to be prepared before you leave:Go in for a checkup – shortly before you plan to leave, go see your dentist for a checkup and cleaning. Let the dentist know you plan to travel soon. The dentist can look for any signs of a problem or emerging problem and advise you appropriately. If you require any major procedures, such as a root canal, it is best to get these taken care of before going on extended trips.
Get Dental Insurance – if you are travelling outside the country, you may not be covered for dental work abroad. It’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance which includes dental coverage in case you need urgent work done while on your trip.
Pack Properly – ensure you have a good toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste for your trip. If you have any special considerations such as sensitive teeth, make sure you have the proper items to keep you comfortable and healthy. If you are dealing with tooth pain that can’t be fixed before the trip, bring some over the counter painkillers to manage the pain while on your trip.
Eat Smart – Minding your diet can decrease your likelihood of a dental incident. Avoid chewing on hard candies or other foods that may chip teeth. If you deal with pain/sensitivity, avoid acidic and sugary beverages while you travel.
If an Emergency Does Happen
Any dental travel tips need to include what to do in an emergency. No matter how well prepared you are, a dental emergency still might occur. If you bought travellers insurance, call your provider and see what dentists in the area accept your insurance. You can also ask a hotel concierge or guide for suggestions on nearby dentists. For truly emergent situations, it may be necessary to go to a local emergency room if a dentist is unavailable in a timely fashion. Depending on the type of dental incident, you may be able to wait to go home to get it addressed.
Toothaches – Toothaches are quite common from flying due to the pressure changes. If you have a toothache that persists while travelling, start with some over-the-counter painkillers and rinse your mouth thoroughly. If the pain is manageable or is getting worse, you should consult a dentist while on the trip.
Broken or Chipped Tooth – the severity of the break or chip determines what action needs to be taken. A small chip can usually be fixed when you return home, but larger breaks in the tooth that expose the dentin are a dental emergency that needs to be taken care of ASAP. If you suffer a major crack, rinse your mouth with clean water and find the nearest dental clinic or emergency room.
Dislodged Tooth – a dislodged tooth is a dental emergency that needs to be taken care of asap. Always handle the dislodged tooth by the crown (chewing surface) and never by the roots. Rinse the tooth with clean water and if possible insert back into the socket for transport to the dentist/ER. If you can’t hold the tooth in the socket, a good alternative is to transport it in a glass of milk. The likelihood of saving the tooth decreases past 30 minutes, so time is of the essence if you dislodge a tooth.
Neesh Dental Wants You to Travel Healthy
We hope these dental travel tips help! If you are planning a trip, contact the Saskatoon dentists at Neesh Dental and book an appointment for a checkup before you go!
At Neesh Dental in Saskatoon, a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Our team of Saskatoon dentists and support staff try to always share interesting articles, dental facts and dental hygiene tips so you can take good care of your teeth. Contact us today to book a Saskatoon dental appointment.