With so many traveling logistics to keep track of, teeth might be the last thing on your mind. But not being prepared for a dental emergency can lead to pain and stress— not to mention an interruption to your well-deserved vacation.
Learn what to do in a dental emergency from the experts at Dakota Dental.
What Your Dental Emergency Could Look Like
Common dental issues that may come up while away from home include:
- Toothaches ranging from mild to excruciating pain
- Swelling gums
- Chipped, fractured, cracked, or broken tooth
- Teeth getting knocked out.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
If one of the above happens to you, spring into action. Remember, the quicker you take action, the more effective it will be.
Here are our recommendations for common dental occurrences.
Toothaches: Rinse with warm water and gently floss to try and remove any debris that could be causing discomfort. If that doesn’t solve the issue, consider calling a local dentist, depending on your pain level.
If the pain is unbearable or you have a fever, visit a local dentist as soon as possible—it might signal a more significant problem.
Swelling Gums: Rinse your mouth with warm saline water and avoid tough foods until your gums feel less tender. Drink plenty of water. You can take an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling, but remember to consult your doctor before doing so.
Broken or Cracked Teeth: Apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Then, make an appointment to see a local dentist as soon as possible.
Knocked-out Tooth: Hold the tooth by the crown. Rinse the root with water if it’s dirty. If you can’t hold the tooth in its socket, put it in milk. Then, get to a local dentist for emergency dental work immediately.
Plan Ahead: Take Preventative Measures
Some dental issues are unavoidable, especially those resulting from falls or accidents. However, preventive care and preparation can reduce the likelihood of needing dental emergency services or minimize stress in the event of one during your trip.
- Stock your toiletries bag with over-the-counter pain medications and travel-sized mouthwash. If you’re flying, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your carry-on, so you’re prepared in case of delays. Keep up with your oral hygiene routine while you’re traveling.
- Read through your dental insurance, especially how traveling can impact your coverage. If you’re not covered when away from home, consider travel dental insurance. Don’t forget to pack your dental insurance card or take a picture of it on your phone.
- Research and collect referrals for potential dentists who practice where you’re headed. Ask your regular dentist or those you’re visiting who they would recommend in case of any emergency.
- Make an appointment at Dakota Dental before you head out of town, especially if you have a history of dental health issues. Schedule a pre-travel check-up before embarking on your next adventure.
- Be mindful of what you eat when you’re far from home. Avoid hard candies or other foods that may chip or crack teeth.
Related Reading: How to Take Care of Your Teeth While Traveling
Emergency Dental Minneapolis Care
Are you visiting Minneapolis and need immediate assistance with a dental emergency? Located just south of the Twin Cities, the Dakota Dental team would be happy to assist you. Call our line at (952) 431-5774 or make an appointment online, and we’ll take care of you and your teeth.