What can you do when you’re suffering with a dental emergency while you’re traveling?
Traveling on vacation is something we all look forward to. We dream of beaches, or maybe it’s forests or cityscapes – but we dream of the pleasures. While we’re packing, we take along a toothbrush, floss, and the usual everyday dental hygiene products we normally use. But, we seldom think about what would happen in the case of an emergency.
It’s probably one of a traveler’s worst nightmares come true. But, a little knowledge, forethought and planning can help to soften the blow if it ever does happen to you.
If you have any known dental issues, go for a dental check-up before your trip, and let your dentist know about your travel plans. They can give you specific advice on how to look after yourself and avoid any issues, including dietary advice.
Dental travel insurance coverage is available, but is not typically part of the usual insurance package. Research plans and policies to see how you can include it in your coverage.
How Do I Find A Dentist?
Knowing where to find a dentist when you travel can help reduce the anxiety if and when a dental emergency happens.
• In Canada, you can check with provincial dental associations – https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/reg_authorities/
• Outside the country, you can search for local dentists and their specialties at the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers – https://www.iamat.org/
• If you have travel insurance, you can request a referral from your provider.
• You can ask your hotel concierge, who should be able to advise you.
If you are flying, a toothache can be caused by the change in air pressure. If you have a tiny crack, cavity, or space inside a filling, air may enter it and cause pain. This type of toothache should subside within a short time after you land.
A toothache can be the result of various different issues. If it lingers beyond a few hours after you land, you can try a couple of old home remedies that can help reduce pain, prevent swelling, and keep the area clean and free of bacteria. Swishing your mouth in lukewarm salt water (one teaspoon salt to a cup of water) or with a little hydrogen peroxide (that you immediately spit out) can help a great deal. Be sure to floss well.
You will need to see a dentist once you get back home, but a minor toothache can be managed for a few days with home remedies or simple painkillers. Let your level of discomfort be your guide.
A cracked or broken tooth requires immediate attention. Be sure to rinse your mouth to clean the area. A cold compress to the cheek can help prevent or reduce swelling as you make your way to the dentist.
If your tooth has been dislodged by a blow to the face or a fall, you must take quick action.
• Rinse the tooth with milk if possible, water if not, to remove any dirt.
• Hold the tooth by the top (crown) and gently place it back into the socket.
• Keep it in place by biting down on a clean piece of fabric.
• If you can’t get it back into the gum, store the tooth in a clean container with milk and get to a dentist ASAP.
Take a few precautions and make a few notes, pack light – and happy holidays.
Oral health is so important! Looking for advice on any area of your dental health to focus on? You’ll find the answer at Dr. Robert Axelrad’s Dental Office in Brampton, ON.
If you’re looking for a well-regarded and highly skilled dentist in the Brampton area, make an appointment with Dr. Robert Axelrad by calling (905)-791-3867. Visit our website to learn more about our dental services.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dr Axelrad and Staff