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What to Do for a Dental Emergency on a Summer Vacation

June 15, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — bridgemill @ 10:21 am
Woman with severe toothache

If you or a family member suffer a dental emergency on vacation, you may be tempted to give into fear. After all, sometimes it feels easier to panic than to address a harsh situation. However, try to remember that it’s possible to manage these sorts of things — that you can keep the emergency from ruining your summer getaway. To learn how to do so, read and follow these tips provided by your local emergency dentist.

#1: Assess the Damage

First, you’ll need to assess the damage caused by the dental injury. Its seriousness will decide where you go for help.

For example, let’s say you’ve fractured a tooth, or you have a serious gum infection. In that case, the best thing to do is to see a dentist. These kinds of dental injuries usually aren’t life-threatening and allow more time to schedule treatment.

On the other hand, it’ll be different if you’re experiencing a dental injury *and* a life-threatening symptom (i.e., difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing, etc.). Should that happen, head to the nearest emergency room at once. You likely need urgent care as soon as you can get it.

#2: Visit a Dentist Near the Vacation Spot

You could treat a minor dental injury like a slight toothache after returning home. If your injury requires immediate attention, though, that won’t be an option.

In the second scenario, do what you can to find a dentist nearby. You could do a web search with your phone or computer for a list of local providers. If you’re staying at a hotel, your concierge could provide you with some recommendations as well.

#3: Travel Prepared in the Future

While you can’t change the past, you can take steps to make dental emergencies less likely in the future. Consider adding these practices to your vacation season(s) from now on:

  • Research dentists in the city you’ll be visiting ahead of time.
  • Visit your dental practice for a checkup and cleaning before you leave town.
  • Pack an emergency dental kit with gauze, a cold compress, and so on.
  • Ensure that you pack a dental travel kit that includes a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
  • Avoid chewing hard or sticky food to prevent tooth chips, cracks, or fractures.

Even if you’re anxious, don’t let negative emotions overwhelm you during a summer dental emergency. Just follow the tips above so you can quickly return to your seasonal relaxation.

About the Practice

BridgeMill Dental Care is based in Indian Land, SC. As led by Dr. James Candon, their team manages a modern dental office with high-quality services and affordable financing options. The practice’s treatments span preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, including emergency procedures. Staff also pride themselves on their ability to help fearful patients acclimate to needed dental work. For more information or to book an appointment, reach them at their website or by phone at (803)-650-3925.

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