What To Do When A Dental Problem Flares Up On Holiday
Dr Bhavin Bhuva of Blue Sky Dental offers some advice for patients in this situation.
As the summer is finally here, many of our Chelmsford patients will be flying off to warmer countries for their family holiday. Most will go through their holiday with no dental problems, of course, but they can strike, and when they do can really spoil your holiday.
With your own Chelmsford dentist so far away, what should you do if this happens to you?
There are many permutations of dental issues that could potentially strike, but in today’s blog, we take a look at some of the more common scenarios.
Whatever the dental issue is, if you are on holiday in the UK, you should be able to find a local dentist that will examine you and recommend the best course of action to take. For minor instances of tooth decay, a small filling may be given for example. For more complex issues, they may offer a temporary treatment to relieve your discomfort and recommend that you see your own dentist. In fact, depending on where you are holidaying, it might be worth considering returning to see your own dentist. If you call our receptionist, we will do our best to see you as quickly as we can so that you can return to your holiday afterwards.
It can be worrying when you have a toothache or damage a tooth when you are abroad, especially in the more remote parts of the world. In a European country, you should be able to find a dentist to treat you, perhaps with a little help from local people. Where the treatment required is not too significant, this should be relatively straightforward and not a major concern. Where the problem is more complex, or when you are in a less developed country and are reluctant to trust their health system, this does pose problems. A bad toothache or a broken tooth can really spoil a holiday and you may spend the rest of it wishing your time away so that you can be treated.
Whilst prompt professional treatment is usually the best choice, for those who are unable, or unwilling, to access this, there are a few options available to help you get through the rest of your holiday.
If you are venturing to a far flung and less developed part of the world in particular, we recommend that you have a check up at Blue Sky Dental before you go. This way, any small cavities or cracks in the teeth can be treated before you go, reducing the risk of you needing treatment while you are away . It is also worth remembering that travelling by air can cause significant discomfort if you have cavities as the air pressure in the cabin causes pressure to build and can be quite painful.
Making sure that you have suitable medical supplies with you is also advisable. These should include painkillers and a temporary dental repair kit. These kits include a ready made amalgam type filling which you, or your partner, can place into a cavity. These can enable you to have a functional tooth for the rest of your holiday at least. However good a job you think they, or you, have done though, you should always have your tooth examined when you return home. Even the smallest gap between the tooth and the enamel is a trap for bacteria and is likely to lead to further decay. It is very likely that the tooth will have to be professionally treated, so please don’t risk it.
Finally, do remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. Your regular daily tooth care regimen should continue whether you are on holiday or not!
On your return
If you have received treatment anywhere, whether at home or abroad, it is advisable to arrange an appointment with your regular Chelmsford dentist to have it checked. There is every chance that no further treatment will be required if you have had a tooth professionally filled in the UK or Europe, but different standards apply in other parts of the world and you may need to have it refilled.
If you have received a temporary treatment and have been told to see your own dentist upon your return, please make sure that you do so. Although the immediate discomfort may seem to have disappeared following a temporary treatment, it is almost certain to flare up again at some point. So please make sure that you see us as soon as possible after returning.
If you would like to book an appointment for a pre or post holiday checkup, you can do so by calling Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070.
Bhavin Bhuva – Specialist Endodontist – GDC 76716