Your next vacation is approaching and you are looking forward to a wonderful, fun and relaxing adventure abroad. No matter where your destination is, you want to make sure everything runs smoothly and that nothing avoidable happens that could ruin your vacation.

This means taking charge and making a list of things to deal with before you leave. This may include things like scheduling working holiday time, finding someone to look after your pets, a babysitter to water your plants and making sure you have all the necessary visas and adequate travel and health insurance to keep you safe if you need help.

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You’ll also need to make sure your overall health is taken care of before you leave, which means you’ll need to make appointments with your MD as well as your dentist. The latter is often overlooked by travelers, but nothing ruins your vacation faster than a toothache from a loose filling or a pesky cavity.

The good news is that most dental problems are avoidable, making an appointment with your dentist a must before any long trip.

Check your oral health before you go

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If you’ve ever had dental problems such as loose fillings, cavities or damaged implants, you know how annoying and painful it can be, and how easy it is to avoid. The most common dental problems for travelers can be avoided by simply checking in at a dentist.

This is also the time to address any potential issues while you are at home, rather than finding yourself busy seeking help abroad. Dental care abroad is often very expensive, difficult to find, and often vulnerable to safety concerns, especially in remote countries. An event that requires dental surgery can be scary, but even a seemingly minor thing like a toothache can really affect your travel itinerary.

Should You Choose Dental Insurance When Traveling?

To make sure you get the help you need in the event of an unexpected situation, it is recommended that you include the largest dental coverage from your health insurance provider. It won’t even be a very expensive add-on, but it might make a difference if you need it on the road. The answer is simple – yes! You definitely want dental insurance so you don’t find yourself unable to pay for dental work out of pocket.

Should I travel with serious dental problems?

If you have serious dental problems, your dentist may advise against long trips because you never know what will happen and you may end up needing professional dental help. Address your concerns before you travel so you don’t risk needing urgent care abroad.If you have recently had dental work that has not fully healed, such as implanted teeth Or having your wisdom teeth removed, for example, you should probably also consider traveling early until your mouth is ready. Open wounds in the mouth make you more susceptible to serious infections, and without proper care procedures, the chances of complications increase dramatically. Sometimes it’s hard enough keeping your teeth clean while traveling, let alone rinsing and dealing with post-op issues. Even seemingly simple procedures, such as cavities or fillings, can be a problem. It’s also uncomfortable to take off and land on a plane. Bottom line, if your dental problem is making you uncomfortable, you should probably consider staying home until it heals.

Of course, no matter how well prepared you are, accidents can happen and dental problems can arise at any time. A dental exam will only protect you from known problems, but cannot foresee anything caused by trauma or unexpected. A tear in the mouth or tooth loss usually requires immediate care, as do damaged dentures.

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The most common dental problems that can arise while traveling include:

  • toothache
  • missing or broken teeth
  • a knocked out tooth
  • Tooth decay and loose or missing fillings
  • tear, infection, or bleeding in the mouth
  • Damage to essential dentures or other dental appliances

What if you have a dental emergency while traveling?

Sometimes accidents happen and you find yourself in need of emergency dental care while traveling. This is obviously not ideal and is often scary, but remember that it is best to stay calm rather than panic. Consider asking for help from a local (relatives, friends, your hotel’s concierge) – they may be familiar with their surroundings and can guide you to proper care.

If it’s a minor problem like a toothache, the pharmacy may have the pain reliever you need to get you through the rest of your trip and get dental care at home. The most common problems may still require a dentist, but you can take the time to find a professional who is right for your situation. However, dental emergencies may require immediate help, which means going to the nearest hospital emergency room is the best option. A local you know; a tour guide or other hospitality professional can help guide you in the right direction.

No matter what type of problem you are dealing with, having someone who knows how to help you will give you peace of mind and make it easier to overcome the problem.

More ways to avoid dental problems while on vacation

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  • First, when it comes to a healthy mouth (which is obviously what you want when you travel), you really need to have proper oral hygiene. That means always taking the time to clean your teeth and mouth, even if you have lots of other, more fun things to do.
  • Be sure to use bottled water in foreign countries where you’re not sure if the water coming out of the faucet is clean. Remember to rinse your mouth with bottled water and clean your toothbrush – not just for drinking.
  • Get a dental check-up before you go to avoid any avoidable problems while you’re away.
  • With a responsible attitude and a proactive mindset, you should try to avoid the need for dental work abroad, but it’s always good to be prepared, just in case.

Safe and happy travel!