Going a trip is a fun and exciting time—the last thing you want to do is worry about your teeth
while you’re gone! However, dental emergencies do happen. Whether it’s a toothache or a
knocked-out tooth, knowing what to do when an emergency happens is always a good idea.
Whether you’re traveling abroad this summer or are just going on a nearby weekend getaway
with friends, here’s what to do if you’re experiencing a dental emergency while you’re away.
If you have a toothache while flying, don’t panic. For people who may have a cavity, a damaged
filling, or a crack in their teeth, the changes in air pressure can make the affected area expand
and cause pain or discomfort. Your toothache should go away after landing, but be sure to
follow up with your dentist when you return home.
If you have a toothache and haven’t flown anywhere—or if the toothache from your flight
hasn’t gone away—you can try to alleviate your pain by rinsing gently with warm salt water,
carefully flossing your teeth, or applying a cold compress to the affected area. You should never
ignore a toothache, especially if the pain is severe, so your dentist as soon as you’re able, and
find one while you’re traveling if you can!
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
If you crack or chip a tooth during your vacation, it’s important to find a dentist who can assess
the problem, especially if you’re experiencing pain as a result of your injury. Your hotel
concierge may be able to recommend a local dentist, or if you need to, go to the emergency
room to address the problem.
A knocked-out tooth will require immediate attention, so find a dentist if you can, but visit the
emergency room if you cannot. If the tooth is in one piece, you can hold it gently by the crown
and attempt to keep it in its socket until you can receive medical attention. If your tooth is in
fragments, gather up all the pieces if you can and store them in saliva or milk until you can see a
Restorative Dentistry Issue
Whether it’s a filling that’s fallen out or broken dentures, it’s common for restorative dentistry
issues to crop up, especially if you haven’t seen the dentist in a while and your restoration is in
need of repair. You may be able to get help from a local dentist for a temporary fix until you can
see your regular dentist at home. If you’re traveling abroad, you may be able to ask your
insurance company for dentists that you can see.
Your best bet for a dental emergency is to be prepared. Go in for a checkup before your trip.
Consider getting dental insurance if you’re going abroad. Travel with everything you know you
need to maintain your smile. You can also be extra prepared and keep a list of dentists in your
bag, whether you’re going somewhere locally or outside the country. This can save you
precious time if you’re experiencing a severe toothache or a knocked-out tooth!
Dealing with an emergency is never at the top of anyone’s fun list, but being prepared while
you’re traveling can make all the difference. Know where to go if you need help. Keep items
you know you’ll need with you. Keep these tips in mind if a dental emergency happens while
you’re on your vacation!