Imagine, you’re exploring the hills of Tuscany or scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef, and all of a sudden a toothache hits. You know you need dental treatment, but what do you do when you’re far from home and your trusted dental office?
To begin, it’s always a good idea to have a dental checkup before leaving on an important or long trip, to rule out any issues. This is particularly true if you’re planning to travel to a remote location or a developing country without adequate dental services.
If you require any root canal treatments, it’s important to get these done well before traveling. Changes in pressure during air travel can cause pain and potential infections.
Try to remember these tips while traveling:
• Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, or any other hard foods
• Don’t use your teeth as scissors! No using your teeth to cut tape or open bags, packages, etc. This can cause a chipped tooth or other damage.
Finding a Dentist Abroad:
It is possible to find high quality dental care in many parts of the world. In Europe, for example, members of the American Dental Society of Europe are required to complete a full-time course of study at a recognized dental school in the United States or Canada.
Dental insurance companies and certain travel insurance agencies usually have a 24-hour helpline that can help refer you for dental care when traveling. If necessary, you can also seek referrals from your hotel concierge, the American Embassy or American Consulate.