What To Do With Dental Emergencies On Vacation

Posted on: 20 October 2017

If you have decided to take a vacation and you end up dealing with a dental emergency while you are far away from home, then you want to make sure you act in the absolute best interest of your teeth so you can avoid future problems. Here is a guide to dealing with a dental emergency while you are far away from where you live:

Provide yourself with immediate first aid

The very first thing you want to do when you injure a tooth is to immediately assess the situation and treat the immediate emergency. Whenever you are traveling anywhere away from home it is always a good idea to have a first aid kit with you and that first aid kit should include some things you may need in order to deal with a dental emergency, including:

  • Sterile gauze
  • Cotton balls
  • Bottled water
  • Over-the-counter pain reducer
  • Bandages
  • A small plastic baggie

Once you have the situation under control for the time being, you need to make an important decision. You will need to determine whether the emergency warrants an immediate trip to an emergency dentist wherever you are, or whether it can wait until you get back home. If you are out in the wilderness, then this may mean deciding whether or not to pack up camp and travel to a populated area where you can get help.

Make sure you take things easy

After you have injured your mouth it is important for you to make sure that you follow the dentist's instructions regarding care. You should make extra sure that you don't eat hard foods and you should avoid taking part in any activities that put you at risk of taking a hit to the mouth or enduring any other type of damage that can reinjure the one you are already trying to heal up from.

Go in to see your dentist when you return home

Even if you went to an emergency dentist in the area where you were on vacation, you should still pay a visit to your regular dentist once you get back home. This way, they can be kept up to date on what injuries your mouth has sustained and get treatment that you may need after getting back home. You may want to ask the dentist you saw while on vacation if you can get a copy of all the paperwork so you can show it to your dentist once you get home.

Contact a company like South Shore Smiles for more information and assistance.