July is National Vacation Month, so you might already be packing for your family trip this summer. As you go through your checklist, make sure you have taken care of your necessary health and dental appointments in addition to packing the sunscreen and passports.
Traveling is the worst time to have a dental emergency. It can cause unnecessary pain and create a hassle for you while you are on the road. Many dentists are hesitant to schedule emergency appointments for people who are not regular patients, so it could take a significant amount of time to find a dentist willing to address your issues.
What can you do to prevent emergencies?
Staying up-to-date with your routine exams, x-rays, and professional cleanings is the best way to avoid dental problems all year long. If we see something that we think might cause a problem, we will let you know right away so that it doesn’t pop up at an inconvenient time.
It is important to pack certain items such as your medical and dental insurance cards, your mouthguard for fun vacation sports, your nightguard if you need one to sleep, and of course your toothbrush and dental floss.
It is always a good idea to exercise caution when traveling. Biting into olives with pits or other foods that could contain something hard can cause pain and even crack a tooth. Also fun activities such as four wheeling, bicycling, parasailing, and beach volleyball can all create additional risks for your teeth. Exercising caution and wearing your mouthguard (if you have one) for sports can go a long way toward preventing unnecessary injuries.
If you do have a dental emergency on the road, be sure to tell the dentist you are traveling and give them our name so we can verify that you are a patient of record. This will also help them to forward your treatment notes to us after they see you so that we can follow-up and finish your care.