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Spring Break: What to Know About Your Teeth When You Travel

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

If you have any upcoming out-of-the-country trips planned, consider doing some research about medical care while on your trip.

That’s because, although it’s unlikely to happen, dental emergencies can happen when we travel.

Because dental emergencies happen, it’s best to be prepared no matter where we are, and that includes while on vacation!

What Classifies as a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is anything that requires immediate attention. If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, a loose tooth, a tooth that is suddenly out of alignment, a soft tissue wound or injury, or abnormal bleeding, these are typically situations that require urgent attention.

Of course any kind of severe and abnormal pain around the mouth can also be an emergency, and in many cases, a chipped or fractured tooth will also warrant an urgent trip to come see us. When your local, that’s when you would use our after-hours contact information to get ahold of us.

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When traveling or going out of the country in particular, that’s where being prepared is essential.

With any dental emergency, whatever has gone wrong could get worse (or will get worse), if you wait to take care of it. Don’t think your “tough” just because you aren’t looking to set up an emergency visit if something happens to your mouth! After all, infections can spread, issues are likely to get worse without medical attention, more lasting damage can occur, and the costs associated could increase if you wait to see a dentist.

Here’s a list of situations when it’s best to get urgent attention:

  • Puncture wounds or lacerations to the cheeks, tongue or lips
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Severe and unusual pain
  • Large bulges on the gum tissue
  • Foreign object stuck in teeth or gums (potential emergency)
  • Sudden swelling in the mouth or gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Knocked out teeth, loose and/or misaligned teeth and fractured teeth

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Accidents Happen

In an ideal scenario you can come in to Hagen Dental for your regular visit before any long trips or extended time out of town or abroad. If you already have any issues such as gum disease, this is especially important.

While on your trip, avoid activities where you use your teeth like tools (e.g. using your teeth to cut tape or opening a bag in general using your teeth like scissors) and avoid things you already do such as chewing ice. Be cautious before taking any medication if you have a dental emergency because certain medications can thin your blood and increase bleeding. 

If you are going to be traveling for quite some time (or even if just for a “short” trip), it is a good idea to prepare for any medical emergency ahead of time. If you need in help in looking up information before you leave, let us know. We want to be sure your family is safe and has good access to dental care no matter where you are.