How to prepare for a holiday trip
Oral care whilst on vacation
Vacation season is ahead, and many people would have started to plan their family’s next big adventure! Because we know that there is nothing worse than the pain and inconvenience of a dental emergency, we have put together a list of how you can best ensure good oral health care – even when you are not at home.
1. Schedule a check-up
We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your dentist at least a week before you leave. In doing this, you will have the peace of mind of knowing you are in the clear when it comes to your oral health, or that you are treating your problem.
2. Do not skip the brushing
There is nothing better than resting your head on your pillow after a day of touring, but we urge you to find the energy to at least brush your teeth first. Bacteria from the foods and drinks you consume throughout the day builds up in your mouth and should not be left overnight. Neglecting basic care could result in an infection.
3. Have your procedures done well in advance
Should you wish to undergo any orthodontic, cosmetic or restorative surgery, now would be a good time. This way, your mouth would be partially or completely healed in time for your end of year vacation.
4. Ask for referrals
A good tip when going to a place you are unfamiliar with is to find a dentist in the area in case of an emergency. To start, you should ask your dentist for a referral. In doing this, you will have the peace of mind of knowing you are well prepared.
5. Get kitted up
In the rush of packing for vacation do not forget to include your oral care necessities. This should be made up of a toothbrush, a travel brush, painkillers, mouthwash, floss and dental wax if someone in the family is undergoing orthodontic treatment.
6. Brush with bottled water
If you cannot drink the water, you should not be brushing with it. Many countries have untrusted water sources so often the best and safest option would be to drink out of a bottle.
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 case of a dislodged tooth?
- Rinse the tooth
- Avoid drying it with tissue
- Attempt to 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
Are you going on vacation?
Don’t forget to schedule an appointment at our practice today!