How to handle a Dental Emergency during the Holidays

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Planning a vacation or a trip during the holidays takes a lot of time and effort. When you make plans, you want things to happen without little inconveniences to disrupt the flow of your trip. However, when you damage a tooth or have tooth pain, it can make your holiday trip not so merry. Unfortunately, most people do not anticipate a problem with their teeth while out of town, but Dr. Terry Soule, has an action plan to help you take the right steps when you need a dentist while away during the holidays.

Prevention is the best method to ensure you will not encounter a dental emergency. While planning your trip, you also must plan for proper dental care while you are gone. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will help reduce the potential for damage. Also, before you leave for a trip out of town, it can be a good idea to schedule a checkup or cleaning. During the appointment, the dentist will be able to see any possible issues such as loose dental restorations, broken teeth, or cavities. If problems are found, the dentist can repair them before you leave, and give you peace of mind while you are away.

For those who are unfortunate enough to endure an extensive dental procedure, the timing of the procedure can affect your ability to travel. For example, if you have an abscessed tooth, flying wouldn’t be a good idea. The pressure when flying can cause an extreme amount of pain, and if you are on a long flight, the pain could become your worst nightmare. Therefore, getting a checkup at the dentist before your trip could really save you a headache, we mean toothache!

Traveling away from home means you do not have your regular dentist at your disposal when something happens, and you need immediate dental care. That does not mean that you cannot prepare. One way to help when an emergency arises is to pack a dental emergency kit that you can purchase at any location where first aid kits are sold. The kits are small, easy to pack, and can provide the temporary relief you need until you can reach a dentist where you are visiting or until you return home and schedule an appointment with your own dental provider.

Unfortunately, when you are on vacation, bacteria and decay are still hard at work. Take the extra time each day to make sure you are brushing twice and flossing at least once per day. If you are not able to fully brush your teeth, use some mouthwash to help reduce the amount of plaque creating bacteria until you can brush your teeth. If you do not have mouthwash, rinse your mouth with plain water after eating. Rinsing with water can wash away food debris, sugar, and bacteria that cause cavities. However, make sure you brush and floss your teeth as soon as you can to get those hard to reach places.

Taking a trip during the holidays can be fun and exciting. When a tooth gets cracked or broken, it can ruin your plans. So, when you have a dental emergency in the Orange City, Deltona, or DeBary area, contact Dr. Terry Soule,  who specializes in emergency dental care. He can repair any damage and ensure you leave his office pain free for a pleasant trip home.

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