How to Prevent & Handle Dental Emergencies While Traveling

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You’ve packed your bags, charged up your camera, and made sure you haven't forgotten anything, like your snacks, favorite jacket, boarding passes, or passport. But there’s one thing you can’t always control when you travel: a dental emergency! Here are a few tips on how to prevent and handle a dental emergency while traveling without it ruining your vacation.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

First, you must identify whether your situation constitutes a dental emergency. If you have a badly chipped tooth, a broken tooth, a knocked-out tooth, severe toothache, excessive bleeding, broken dentures, lost filling or dental crown, or an unexpected complication from a previous dental procedure, then consider it an emergency! If you are experiencing light bleeding between your gums or a mild toothache that is alleviated by flossing, a saltwater rinse, and over-the-counter painkillers, your dental visit can probably wait until you’ve returned from your trip.

Tips to Prevent & Handle a Dental Emergency

You can’t always prevent a dental emergency, but there are some ways to ensure that it won't ruin your vacation:

First, you can visit Moores Chapel Dentistry for an exam before your trip to make sure there’s nothing wrong with your teeth or gums.

You can also look into traveler’s insurance, especially a travel medical plan. With a travel medical plan, you can avoid having to pay large bills in case you do wind up seeking dental care at your destination.

Of course, you should also make sure that you pack smart when it comes to dental supplies. Aside from your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, bring along any other dental devices that we've advised you to wear, some temporary dental cement, non-woven gauze, and some over-the-counter painkillers.

If you do have a dental emergency while you are away, seek out a local emergecy dentist or urgent care immediately!

Emergency Dental Care in Charlotte, NC

Don’t let the fear of a dental emergency dampen your travels. Visit us at Moores Chapel Dentistry for all your oral healthcare needs before you set out on your trip! And if you ever find yourself having a dental emergency, know that you can contact us right away for an emergency appointment. We offer a variety of affordable financial options, so you don’t have to prioritize affordability over quality care.


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