What To Do If You Have A Dental Emergency When Traveling By G. Brooks Haney, DDS on June 11, 2018

The last thing you want to think about while you’re on a trip is a dental emergency, but it’s best to prepare yourself for any possible situation. No matter how prepared a traveler is, no one can plan for dental emergencies. All you can do is research ahead of your trip and know how you should respond in a dental emergency. Research a local dentist and keep their contact information close in case you need it. 

What exactly counts as a dental emergency?

What Is A Dental Emergency?

A painful toothache, bleeding gums, and knocked out or chipped tooth would constitute a dental emergency. If you are experiencing any of these issues, you should see a dentist right away.

Preventing a Dental Emergency

  • See Your Dentist
    • Having an exam to know everything is okay will give you the peace of mind that you deserve! Although you can not prevent a tooth chipping or being knocked out, you can prevent any other emergencies before you leave for your trip. We also recommend you call your insurance company to see what your overseas coverage options are.
  • Consider a Travel Medical Plan
    • In case of a dental emergency, this travel plan would help decrease your chance of having a large bill. There are several plans out there with different levels of coverage.
  • Travel Prepared
    • Travel with everything you need to practice good oral health while you are away. This would include plenty of toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash to care for your mouth while you travel. If you struggle with tooth pain, in addition to seeing us before you leave, travel with over-the-counter pain reducers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Having a Dental Emergency

If you do have a dental emergency abroad and need immediate attention, contact a local dentist or visit a hospital!


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