How to Deal with Dental Emergencies On Vacation

Summer vacation is almost here, and that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite thing: summer travel! Whether you’re heading to a nearby town for a day or going around the world on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, there’s as much planning to do as there are things to look forward to. What happens if you have a dental emergency while you’re away from home?

First of all, if you’re going away for a long time, it’s not a bad idea to have a dental checkup before you go. Contact Jordan Dentistry about any potential problems, especially for kids, and what to do in case something happens. You can even ask for referrals in the area you’re traveling to.

Your steps for a dental emergency on vacation depend on what the problem is.

  • Toothache: rinse with warm salt water, floss gently to free any trapped food particles. Consider if it may be referred pain from the sinuses. If pain persists, contact a dentist.
  • Broken or Cracked Tooth: Rinse gently with warm salt water. Call a dentist immediately. A cold compress can help to keep swelling down.
  • Missing Tooth: hold the tooth by the crown (the part that you chew with) and gently rinse the root with water if needed. Put the tooth in a glass of milk or Save-a-Tooth solution right away and see a dentist immediately.

Time is of the essence with many dental emergencies–especially if a tooth is knocked out. Plan ahead and you’ll be well-prepared in case something happens to your smile while you’re away from home.

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