If you haven’t exactly been keeping up with your daily oral hygiene practices, there’s no telling what might occur while traveling. Of course emergency dental problems can spring up at any time, so here are some tips for navigating through a dental emergency while traveling.
It’s common to develop a toothache while on a flight due to changing pressure in the cabin. If that is the cause, it should stop hurting shortly after you land.
In the case that your pain does not go away, your toothache should be dealt with in the following way:
- Floss to be sure there is nothing lodged between your teeth causing the discomfort
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water
- Use OTC painkillers to reduce any pain or inflammation
If these remedies don’t fix the problem, it’s time to find a local dentist to prevent an infection.
Broken, Lost Crown Or Filling
Losing a filling can happen anytime. If it occurs while traveling, you can use OTC dental cement or chewed sugarless gum in the cavity.
If a crown becomes loose or detached, place it back over the tooth and use dental cement to hold it in place. Judge whether you can wait to get home to see your own dentist or find one locally.
It would be wise to call your dentist to make an appointment as soon as you get home.
Broken, Cracked, or Lost Tooth
These are true dental emergencies and you should not wait to seek care. If no emergency dentist is available, go to a hospital emergency room.
Take the whole tooth or all the fragments and rinse with water holding only the crown. You can then place the whole tooth in milk. Getting care within the hour reduces the risk of losing your tooth.
If you experience severe bleeding or trauma to the face or jaw, immediately seek care at a hospital emergency room.