What if You Experience a Dental Emergency While Traveling?

Traveling can be exciting, and everyone may benefit from getting some time away from home. One detail you should think about before your trip is the possibility of a dental emergency. If you experience such a mishap while you are away, do you know what steps you would take to handle the situation?

Parkland Mall Dental Centre wants all of our patients to be as healthy as possible, and we encourage you to plan for dental emergencies before they occur. When you have a general plan of action in place, you will not need to deal with extra stress in addition to an emergency dental issue.

Dental Emergencies Away from Home: Steps to Take
You cannot always be prepared for every unfortunate incident, but you can take some action in case you have a setback. The following steps should enable you to prevent and manage dental emergencies away from home as best as possible:

1. Preventative Measures: One way to handle dental emergencies while traveling is to be prepared before they occur. Make sure that you schedule a checkup before your trip, so your family dentist can address any current or potential issues. Depending on your intended destination, you might also wish to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Another precaution you can take is to purchase travel insurance. Emergency travel medical insurance could help cover the costs of dental care in another province or country.
2. Actions to Avoid: When you are traveling, avoid engaging in actions or habits that could lead to a dental mishap. Do not chew ice cubes or hard candy. If you participate in sports or strenuous physical activities, make sure that you wear a helmet, mouth guard, or other appropriate protection.
3. Immediate Care: If you experience an event such as a broken, cracked, or lost tooth, you may need to take immediate action before you can visit a dentist. In the case of a broken tooth or a toothache, be sure to first rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water. You may wish to apply a cold compress to the cheek or jaw in the affected area. If a tooth is knocked out, rinse it gently with water to clean it, and then, either hold it in the socket or store it in milk until you can see a dentist. If you lose a filling or crown, you can buy special material in a pharmacy to keep it in place temporarily.
4. Visit a Dentist: Ideally, you will research available dentists before you leave for your trip. If you have travel insurance, be sure to retain a list of approved dentists if applicable. You may be required to report an incident within a specific time period, so check the details of your policy before you travel. Always take care to see a dentist as soon as you can after a dental emergency.

Visit Your Red Deer Dentist before Traveling
Talk to your family dentist if you will be traveling soon. This is the time to raise any dental concerns you might have. If you require a serious, essential procedure, such as a root canal or wisdom tooth extraction, have it done before you go.

Planning a trip away from home? Call Parkland Mall Dental Centre at 403-342-1118 to schedule an appointment. You may also use our online contact form, and new dental patients are welcome to contact us for more information.