Oral care tips for when you’re on vacation
Our health is not always something we can predict and a dental emergency can show itself at any given point, which is why it is wise to be prepared. Whether you are travelling a short or long distance, dealing with a dental emergency such as a loose tooth, an accident or a toothache can be overwhelming to say the least!
If you are going on vacation soon, here are a few tips to help you prepare:
Do your research
Along with local dentists, find out about local doctors and car services at the destination you plan on travelling to. Research ahead of a trip will not only count as a bonus in the case of an emergency but it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing you are well prepared.
Schedule a check-up
If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment or you suffer from gum disease or tooth decay, it is best to have a check-up before you leave on your trip to ensure that everything is in order.
Do not undergo any surgeries
There’s nothing like post-surgical pain to ruin a good holiday! We advise that you do not have root canals or surgeries a few days before your trip as we would need to closely monitor your progress. Any wound will take some time to heal and is prone to infection if it is not closely monitored or looked after.
Stock up with necessities
Although you may be going on a well-deserved break, your dental hygiene ought to not go on break too! With that being said, do not forget to stock up on the basic necessities such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash and a few painkillers in the event of a toothache.
Watch what you eat
If you are travelling try not to eat or drink anything that may increase your chances of sensitivity, toothache or any form of dental emergency when you are away. This also applies to patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you suffer from teeth sensitivity, avoid anything that may aggravate your problem.
When in need – improvise
The most commonly forgotten item when travelling is one’s toothbrush! If you cannot get a hold of one right away, you could wipe your teeth clean with a clean washcloth or your finger and a bit of toothpaste.
Brush with bottled water
Every adventure has its limit, so if you are in a country where the water source is not the most reliable then rather opt of brushing with bottled water. The rule basic rule is: If you cannot drink the water then do not brush with it.
Brighton dentist tips
Here are a few tips to help you if you find yourself in a severe dental emergency:
What should you do in case of a broken tooth?
Your safest option is to check for the nearest available dentist regardless of the fact that you may be unfamiliar with them. If left untreated, a broken tooth could result to severe swelling or an infection
What should you do in the case of a dislodged tooth?
Rinse the tooth
Do not dry it with tissue
Try and hold the tooth in the socket of your gum
If you cannot hold down the tooth, drop it in a glass of milk
Try and get to the nearest dentist in about 30 minutes as this time frame increases the chances of saving the tooth
Do not forget to schedule an appointment at our Brighton practice at least week before your trip! Contact us today.