Planning a trip to a new country can be very exciting, however, there’s one plan that most forget to leave off of their itinerary, their plan in case a dental emergency arises. Although it’s almost fall here in Upper East Side Manhattan, that doesn’t mean the travel stops when the leaves begin to fall. Have you ever experienced autumn in Paris? Or springtime in Australia? Whether you’re planning a trip abroad for this fall or next summer, it’s important to also know the steps how to prepare for a dental emergency when you’re abroad. Schlesinger, DDS in Upper East Side Manhattan is here to help you plan for emergencies on your trip.
Make a Plan to Find an Emergency Dentist Abroad
Once you have your trip booked and all of your stays mapped out, it’s time to do a bit of research about dentists in the area of your trip. We recommend first asking your dental insurance company if they happen to cover emergencies when abroad. You can also consult with your travel insurance to see what is covered on the dental side. Once you know your coverage, you can start looking for an emergency dentist. We recommend finding one that is available 24 hours a day. You never know when an emergency might strike when you’re traveling abroad. Once you’ve found your emergency dentist for that city you’re staying in, put it on a list that you will carry with you at all times. Write down their name, number, and address. If you have a dental emergency while traveling, you won’t freak out because you already know where to find treatment.
Visit Dr. Schlesinger for an Exam Before Your Trip
The most important way to prevent dental emergencies is by being prepared ahead of time. You should be visiting your dentist every 6 months for a dental exam and cleaning. We know that you can get busy and maybe push this off to be once a year. If that’s the case, make sure that your most recent exam happens before you go on your trip or within months. During your dental exam on the Upper East Side, Dr. Schlesinger will look for any potential dental problems happening in your mouth and treat them before you embark on your adventure. This will save you from pain during your trip and you won’t return from your trip running to our office for treatment. Enjoy your trip by going with peace of mind that your mouth is healthy!
A Toothache when Abroad
If you have restorations in your mouth, you might find that you experience a toothache when flying. This is because the pressures in the air cause your teeth to expand but not the restorations. This may cause your teeth to feel a bit of pain. Once you land, your toothache should go away. There’s no need to visit the dentist for this. If you land and find that your toothache still won’t go away, start by brushing your teeth and rinsing out your mouth. Also, floss to see if there’s something stuck in your teeth. If the pain is still there, try taking over the counter pain relievers. You don’t need to take care of this problem immediately unless it becomes too bothersome to deal with.
Broken or Cracked Tooth Emergency When Abroad
If you happen to fall and break or crack your tooth, it’s important that you pull out your emergency dentist information to get this fixed immediately. If the crack or break is deep enough, this is enough to allow bacteria to enter your tooth, resulting in a more severe treatment down the line. Broken or cracked teeth should be treated when traveling abroad.
Dislodged Tooth When Abroad
If you have a dental emergency that dislodges a tooth, the first step is to pick up the tooth by the crown. Make sure that you don’t touch the tooth root as this can damage it. Rinse the tooth with water and then place it in a cup or milk or saliva. You will need to get to the emergency dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less likely your tooth will be able to be reattached. Your emergency dentist should be able to fix your tooth back in place.
Bring Your Dental Appliances on Your Trip
Another way to prevent dental emergencies while traveling is by being prepared with all of your dental appliances. This means bringing your retainer, Invisalign aligners, mouth guards, night guards, oral appliances or CPAP machine. Wearing these can prevent your teeth from unnecessary damage from bruxism, playing contact sports, or result in a bad night of sleep if you have sleep apnea. Also don’t forget your toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash! Keeping your daily oral health routine in place when traveling can help save you from damaging your teeth during your vacation.
Be Mindful of Your Diet When Abroad
Even though you’re on vacation, you should still try to be mindful of your diet. This means that you should still avoid chewing ice or other hard foods like jawbreakers. If you have braces, you should also still avoid the foods on your do not eat list, otherwise, you might damage a bracket. In addition, eating too much dessert or sugary foods and drinks can leave you with a cavity as a souvenir. Make sure you’re still eating a healthy diet with dessert in moderation. You don’t want your vacation to leave you with a mouth full of problems.
Schedule a Dental Exam in Upper East Side Manhattan Before Your Trip
Before you embark on your vacation abroad, make an appointment at our Upper East Side dental office for your next dental exam. We will examine your mouth to make sure you’re healthy and ready to explore a new country. Feel free to ask our dentist any additional questions you have about traveling and dental emergencies. Give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment.