How to Avoid Dental Emergencies during a Vacation
Planning a vacation is a tedious process. And when it is time to pack the things to bring to the vacation, it is an overwhelming task as you try to remember all the travel essentials. These include items to be used for dental emergencies. Below are some tips that can help you deal with dental emergencies before going on a trip.
It is important to have a dental checkup before leaving for a trip. The checkup is important especially if you are going to developing countries or in remote areas that don’t have access to good dental care.
Emergency dental care is dangerous, uncomfortable, and expensive. It can ruin the trip. Dental care providers in developing countries may not have the resources, supplies and tools to take all the precautions for avoiding disease transmission.
Therefore it is best to have the teeth checked by your dentist before you leave. If you experience toothache, gums become inflamed, crown falls out, or any other dental emergency happens during a trip, you should not panic. There are ways to stop the pain and preserve the function of your tooth until you can go back and visit the dentist.
Before going on a trip, make a dental first aid kit. You can get one online or gather the items yourself. These include treatment for toothache, anesthetic, medicated cotton, and pain medication.
When treating toothache, locate the painful tooth and check for fracture or cavity. Clean out food with a toothpick, toothbrush, or any similar tool. Then soak a cotton pellet or small cloth in a topical anesthetic such as benzocaine or eugenol. It should be placed in the cavity. Use tweezers to place the cotton if it is hard to get the fingers inside the mouth. This should give fast relief.
Dentists use pure eugenol for emergency treatment because its effect lasts longer but it is hard to find. Oil of cloves is the same and can be found in pharmacies without prescription.
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