Emergencies often happen without warning and they do not give us time to be prepared for it. They can happen at any place and at any time. An emergency situation can often be brought under control only after split second decisions. While we cannot stop emergencies from happening at all, we can be prepared for emergencies so that we can take split second decisions without panicking in case of real emergencies. Dental emergency can often happen at any time, but we can all agree on the fact that the worst time to have dental emergency is when we are travelling. So here’s what you can do during a dental emergency when travelling.
Generally, while flying, one can experience toothaches. This is normal and is due to changes in air pressure while flying as air enters the cracks and crevices in the teeth and expands in low pressure mid-flight causing pain and discomfort. This pain should go away after landing and generally it only affects those who have some pre-existing dental condition. In case the pain does not go away even after landing, you can floss and brush your teeth to dislodge any food particles that may be causing the pain. You can also take some painkillers to get rid of the pain, but in case the pain does not subside or comes back after the effect of the painkiller gets over, you would need to see a dentist.
A broken or a cracked tooth is a big dental emergency, which requires immediate medical attention. The preliminary steps in case of a cracked or broken tooth is to wash the affected region thoroughly and then to apply a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to reduce pain and swelling. You would also need to visit the dentist or a nearby hospital immediately. In case of a dislodged tooth, one first needs to hold the tooth at the crown and clean it thoroughly and then to immediately visit the dentist as the probability to save a tooth decreases considerably after the first 30 minutes.
As is well known, taking precautions can go a long way in avoiding emergencies. The same applies to dental emergencies when travelling, as a proper dental check up prior to your travels can help you pinpoint impending dental issues as well as get a cure for it. Your dentist can also advise you on tips and tricks for ensuring proper oral care while travelling. You can also get a special dental insurance for your overseas travels to stay protected financially in terms of any mishap. Taking care of your diet is extremely essential during travel, as bad foods may have adverse and even irreversible effect on the teeth and can spoil your travel plans for good.
Overall, proper care and planning can go a long way in circumventing dental emergencies as well as other health emergencies. The dental professionals at Weddington Dental can help you with tips and guidelines for proper dental and oral care during your travels. They specialize in a variety of dental procedures and put their patients first before anything else to ensure holistic and effective treatment.