It’s summertime, and Americans everywhere will heading out on vacation – by car, by plane, or even by cruise ship. But while you can buy vacation insurance, there’s little that ruins a great vacation like dental problems. It’s best to prepare for dental emergencies now so that you can prevent or deal with them quickly while you’re away from home. Here are five tips to help you get ready for unexpected.
1. Know Your Oral Health
Knowledge is power, as they say, and knowing your oral health can give you the power to avoid dental issues while you’re away. Just as an example, if you know that you have a history of gum disease, and it’s been a while since your last cleaning, investing in an additional cleaning before your vacation can pay big dividends. If you know that a filling will need to be replaced soon, why not do it now before it becomes a problem?
2. Take Care of Potential Problems NOW
There’s an old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” One of the best ways to prevent unexpected dental problems is to schedule a dental cleaning and examination with Family Dental of Spokane Valley, WA well before your trip.
That’s particularly true if you or a family member has that nagging feeling that “something’s not right” with your teeth. Dental problems usually start small – a twinge of pain, unusual heat or cold sensitivity, some slight difficulty in chewing comfortable. It’s best to get those looked at and treated quickly, because while dental problems may start small, they can worsen rapidly. That’s not something you need to experience while you’re supposed to relaxing a thousand miles away from home.
3. Protect Your Teeth With an Athletic Mouthguard
If you’re the active type, or if your child is, an athletic mouthguard can be a teeth-saver while you’re away on that climbing trip or your child is at summer sports camp. Dr. Craig Ellsworth can custom-fit athletic mouthguards to ward off contact injuries.
4. Take These Items With You
When a dental emergency strikes while you’re on vacation, you may be hours or even days away from help. There are a number of compact items you can take with you that can make emergencies manageable until you can get to professional care.
- Dental floss
- Extra toothbrushes
- Small dental mirror
- Penlight flashlight
- Gauze pads for bleeding (various sizes)
- Cotton swabs
- Topical oral pain medication (Orajel, DenTek, or similar)
- Oral pain medications (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen)
- Optional: dental filling and/or dental crown repair kit
That may seem like a lot, but everything should fit comfortably in a men’s toiletries bag.
5. Research Dentists in the Area
When you or a family member is in pain, the last thing you need is an extended search for a dentist who provides emergency care. Take the time to research and record the information of dental practices in or near your vacation area that provide emergency care.
Let Family Dental of Spokane Valley Get Your Family Vacation-Ready
Dr. Craig Ellsworth and all of us at Family Dental of Spokane Valley value our vacations, and we want to help you enjoy your time away without being troubled by dental issues.
Book a consultation with Family Dental of Spokane Valley by filling out our convenient online form or calling 509-850-3217.