The holidays are upon us. For some, traveling is a part of the seasonal itinerary. While you plan your trip, be sure to include dental care because it can be very easy to forget about your teeth on the road. Also, plan what you might do in a dental emergency. For example, do you know what you would do if you were 500 miles from home with a cracked tooth? Here are some hygiene and dental emergency tips when traveling during the holidays.
Dental Care When Preparing To Travel
- Make sure you are up-to-date on your dental check ups before you travel.
- Get some dental insurance, and know what your policy entails, especially if you are travelling abroad.
- Prepare healthy snacks like baby carrots and celery, instead of grabbing candy bars and cookies at the gas station. If you are travelling with kids, be sure to bring fruit cups and veggie sticks for easy snacking.
- Make sure you have your travel toothbrush handy when you stop for a potty break. A quick brush and rinse will keep your teeth clean.
- When you end up at your destination, make sure to brush and floss before bedtime. Help the kids stay in the nighttime routine no matter where they sleep.
Knowing What To Do In A Dental Emergency
No one ever plans on having a dental emergency away from home, but it does happen. It’s hard to plan for it, but you can prepare how you would respond. Sometimes just know what to do is comforting.
1. Toothache – If you are flying, you may experience some tooth pain because of pressure changes, but that should stop when you land. If it doesn’t, try brushing and flossing in the airport restroom. If the ache lingers too long, and you can’t wait till you get back home, you may want to see a dentist.
2. Broken/Cracked Tooth – This requires immediate attention. Call a dentist. In the meantime, rinse your mouth out with cold water. Put a cold compress on the outside of your cheek where the broken/cracked tooth is to keep swelling down.
3. Knocked Out Tooth If your tooth gets knocked out entirely: 1. Hold the tooth by the crown, but don’t touch tissue fragments; 2. Rinse quickly if contaminated by dirt; 3. Put the tooth back in the socket if possible. If not, put the tooth in a cup of milk; 4. See a dentist immediately.
A dental emergency can be stressful, but if you prepare ahead of time the incident can be less traumatic. If you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blevins before you leave, please do so online or call us today at 843-561-4039.