You have the dentist you know and trust back home. If something happens where you live your day-to-day life, it’s not such a big deal because you know exactly where to turn. Unfortunately, dental emergencies don’t take vacations when you do. Here are some tips for handling a dental emergency when you’re on the road.
Prevention is Better Than a Cure
The best way by far to deal with dental crises is to prevent them from happening. This begins with good hygiene including brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Be sure to take this important gear on the road. You may want to schedule a pre-vacation appointment with your local dentist to catch whatever problems might be growing before they get to a point where you would notice it yourself. Avoid acidic or sugary beverages or drink them with a straw if you do indulge in them. Chew food conscientiously – don’t chew on ice or chomp down on hard or crunchy fare.
It’s Better to Have a Plan
It wouldn’t be a terrible idea to scope your destination out ahead of time by googling dentists covered by your insurance who provide emergency care in the area. Your usual dentist may be able to give you a few recommendations. Call ahead so that the two dentists are ready to communicate about records if need be. Some insurance companies offer overseas dental plans for traveling policy holders.
If There Aren’t Any Dentists Around…
Common causes of toothaches are infections that, in addition to being painful, can cause fever and inflammation or spread to other parts of the body. This counts as a medical emergency. If you can’t find a qualified emergency dentist, the emergency room is the next best option. A doctor can prescribe pain relievers and antibiotics and might even be able to connect you to a local dentist.
It’s important to have trips to look forward to, but it’s also important to be mindful of the possibility of unexpected dental disaster. By practicing prevention, planning ahead, and knowing what to do in a pinch, you are maximizing your potential to have a happy vacation – even if dental emergency strikes.
About the Practice
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford serves both its Texas town and out-of-towners with pride and dedication. With a crack team led by Drs. Garrett Mulkey, Ashley Decker, and Deborah Romack, the practice brings smiles to patients’ faces with both joy and good hygiene. For more information, contact the office online or dial (817) 594-3806.