December 15, 2017
The holidays are here! It’s a time to surround yourself around friends and family and many patients may find themselves flying out of state to see their loved ones.
Traveling is a fantastic way to rejuvenate yourself for the upcoming new year, but you must be sure to take care of your mouth before traveling. This is critical because it can help you avoid dental emergencies or having to visit an emergency dentist while on vacation.
Understanding Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can be classified as anything that requires immediate attention to your mouth. For instance, if you experience a severe toothache, loose teeth, lost teeth, a soft tissue laceration or abnormal bleeding, you may need to visit a dentist right away.
In any of these scenarios, we recommend that you visit your dentist as soon as possible, even if you need to visit the nearest office out of town.
- Sudden swelling of any area of the mouth
- Bleeding of the mouth
- Large bulges along your gum line
- Extremely loose teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Suddenly misaligned teeth
- Lost dental restorations
- Broken dental prosthetics
3 Steps to Avoiding Dental Emergencies While on Holiday Break
Visit your dentist before you depart.
It’s important to schedule a dental visit before you go on vacation. This way, your expert dentist can check for existing dental issues that could lead to an emergency while you’re on break. Although you may not develop a cavity over the span of a weekend, but your tooth could become weak and crack due to decay if you chew on the wrong things. It’s important to identify the areas that need improvement in your smile and let your dentist address them before you leave.
Ask your dentist for a referral.
While you’re at your dental appointment, it’s easy enough to ask your dentist for a referral to the area you’re visiting. Even if your dentist can’t think of a recommendation on the spot, they have the resources to locate a reputable dental team for you. This way, you’re always in good hands.
Avoid crunchy substances.
Hard, crunchy things have never been the best as far as wear and tear go for your teeth. Chewing on ice cubes, popcorn kernels, or substances like hard candies can put extreme strains on your teeth. That’s a fast way to ruin a vacation! Try to avoid these things while you’re out of town.
Your dentist wants you to enjoy your holiday break just as much as you do. Knowing how to identify a dental emergency and following these tips can help your vacation run smoothly.
About Our Office
Your dentist, Dr. Julie Valentine, wants you to give the best gift of the holiday season: a strong, stable, shiny smile! Whether you have a dental emergency or just want a routine cleaning before the end of the year, you can be confident that she will help you reach your smile goals. Feel free to contact us today!
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