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Tips from an Emergency Dentist: Handling Tooth Trouble on the Road

June 13, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 6:18 pm

woman in beachwear with toothacheDental emergencies are always unpleasant, and oftentimes they can be frightening as well. They are even worse if one occurs when you are away from home — and away from a dentist you know and trust. What should you do if you find yourself in such a situation? An emergency dentist is here to give you some useful advice.

Plan Ahead

No one ever plans to have a dental emergency. However, you can plan to be prepared for a dental emergency. You should:

  • Visit your dentist for a checkup. They can let you know if you have any developing oral health problems that might lead to a dental emergency. You may be able to get such issues treated before your trip.
  • Know where to find first-aid supplies. If you have room in your luggage, pack a small first-aid kit that includes mild painkillers, gauze, and a small container that you can use to store a tooth if one accidentally gets knocked out. If there is no room in your luggage, always notice any pharmacies you pass in your travels.
  • Save your dentist’s contact information. Even if you are nowhere near your regular dentist during your travels, you’ll still be able to call them to ask for advice on how to handle a dental emergency.

Learn Basic Emergency Dental Care

Here are some tips to help you care for yourself in a dental emergency:

  • Dislodged tooth. Touch the root only by the top part. Gently rinse it off, and replace it in your mouth if possible. If you receive professional care within an hour or so, it may be possible for the dentist to reattach the tooth.
  • Toothache. Clove oil and mild painkillers can mitigate your discomfort. Avoid chewing with the tooth. If the toothache is throbbing or you have a fever, go to a local emergency room; you may have a serious infection.
  • Broken tooth. Do not use the broken tooth to chew food. Seek dental care as soon as you can. In some cases, a broken tooth is a purely cosmetic issue. In other cases, it can drastically increase your risk of infection.

Look for a Local Dentist

Many countries, including the U.S., Canada, and countries in Europe, hold their dentists to very high standards. A quick online search might be all you need to find someone who can help you. If you are in a country where you are unsure of how to find a reliable dentist, your travel insurance company or the concierge at your hotel may be able to refer you to a qualified local professional. After you receive initial care during your travels, don’t forget to follow up with your regular dentist after you get home.

Hopefully, you will never face the stress of a dental emergency while you are away from home. If you do, however, use the above tips to manage the situation and get on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

About the Author

Dr. C.J. Landry earned his dental degree from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans well over 30 years ago. Throughout his career, he has helped countless patients find relief from the pain and stress of dental emergencies. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Landry and how he may be able to care for your smile, contact our practice today at 504-348-0080.

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