If you’re planning a trip abroad this year then you’ve probably got a list full of things to remember; sunscreen, toiletries, swimsuit, flip flops, passport and perhaps even medication. There’s one more thing you need to add to that list, however, a dental plan of action. If you’re prone to problems with your teeth then the last thing you want is chronic toothache on holiday. Here’s the ultimate guide to dealing with dental problems wherever in the world you may be.
Preventing Dental Problems
It’s a good idea to get your teeth checked by a dentist before you jet off. This way, you can try to prevent any issues arising when you’re enjoying your holiday. It is worth getting your teeth cleaned and asking your dentist to check for any immediate problems. Try to do this well in advance, in case you need any work done that could cause pain or discomfort whilst on holiday. You may also want to consider vaccinations to protect against Hepatitis B, especially if you’re visiting a third world country whose dental practices may not be up to standard! Ensure all of your dentist appointments and vaccinations are booked 6 months in advance of your holiday.
Teeth First Aid Kit
This is a must-have in your suitcase, for those who regularly experience dental problems! You can buy one of these dental kits ready made or save money by making your own. Here are the things to take with you in your dental first aid kit:
Toothpaste, floss and mouthwash
Filling material (temporary)
A small mouth mirror
Pain relief such as ibuprofen, clove oil and topical anesthetic
Depending on the type of dental problems you usually experience your dentist may be able to recommend other items that you need to take with you. Wherever you are in the world, a kit like this will be able to help you in most dental emergencies.
Dealing with Dental Problems Around the World
Every country has different rules and standards when it comes to their dentist practices, and some will be more appealing than others. It could be that an American based dentist, Maryland for example, will be more like the care you receive at home; as opposed to a dentist in South Africa. Most parts of Europe, USA and Australasia, will have the same standard of dentists that you’re used to. Lesser developed countries may not be as hygienic or have high health and safety regulations, which is why your vaccinations are so important. If you find yourself faced with a dental emergency then see what you can do yourself before visiting the dentist. Warm, salty water for toothache, cold compresses for cracked or broken teeth, and plenty of painkillers are only short term options. If you do need to find a dentist abroad then make sure you call your holiday insurance company to see what they cover.
Dental problems are, unfortunately, very common and so being prepared is everything. Even if you’re not prone to toothache there’s every chance you could crack or break a tooth by accident. Make sure you’ve got your dental plan of action ready, before you go on holiday.