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How to Handle a Dental Emergency on Vacation


Posted on 6/20/2015 by Brandon Cooley
Father and children on a beach vacationVacations are supposed to be an enjoyable time that should allow you to unwind and relax for a while. But when dental emergencies occur it could put a damper on your vacation. Let us look at some of the ways in which you can take care of common dental emergencies when you are on vacation.

Try to Get Hold of a Dentist

Just because you are away from your hometown does not mean that you simply have to find ways of handling the situation on your own. The first instinct should always be to get hold of a dentist who would be able to take care of the situation. The hotel in which you stay for the duration of your vacation would be able to refer you to a dentist in case of an emergency. If you are staying with a friend or a relative, ask them to refer you to a dentist. If these fail, then take matters into your own hands and consult the internet in order to get the contact information of local dentists. If you are in a foreign country, try to get in touch with the US embassy if you struggle to locate a dentist.

Carry a Dental Kit for Emergencies

Sometimes you will not be able to get in touch with a dentist or it might not be completely necessary if you can handle things on your own until you get home and are able to see us. A few things you can carry include temporary fillings to care for broken fillings or chipped teeth, as these can lead to intense pain, especially if you are not able to see a dentist immediately. The emergency kit should also be equipped with a pair of gloves so that you can clean the cavity that might be causing all the pain. You should also have painkillers that would be able to numb the pain for a few hours while you figure out the next step.

Usage of Unconventional Remedies

In times of emergency, it is often quite necessary to improvise and come up with treatments that can take care of the problem temporarily, which is exactly what is needed in times of dental emergencies when on vacation. For instance, if you suffer from inflammation of the gums or intense pain due to a damaged filling then one of the best possible ways of relieving the pain is by holding an ice pack to the area so that the pain is tolerable for the time being. Additionally, you could also apply some clove oil on to the concerned area and more often than not it works quite well in case of shooting pain.

As you can see, a dental emergency can be an extremely troublesome prospect for anyone who is on vacation. Dental emergencies arise all of the time, even on people that might not have experienced dental troubles in the past. This is the reason why it is important to keep yourself informed about the ways in which you can take care of all sorts of dental emergencies that you might experience during your vacation. If you follow the above mentioned measures then there is no reason why your vacation would not be an enjoyable one in spite of a dental emergency.

If you think you may be suffering from dental emergency on vacation, contact us at (425) 998-6998 to talk to us about what you should do. We will be able to talk you through the emergency and give you the necessary steps to take to make things better.
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