Dr. Cam Crawford BSc (Hons), DDS
Dr. Joel Davis BSc, DDS FRCD(C)

Maple Leaf Dentistry
Are your teeth ready for your vacation?

Are your teeth ready for your vacation?

Just picture it…you are all ready for your much anticipated vacation in some exotic locale; you have packed precisely, you have arranged for a pet and house-sitter while you are away, you have made appointments for any required vaccines…but are your teeth actually ready for your vacation?

Dental emergencies can occur at any time. They can range from knocked-out to loose or broken teeth, and painful toothaches. If these issues happen while you are away on vacation, your plans can definitely change quite suddenly. Of course, it is not possible to foresee an unexpected accident that may need emergency dental treatment; however, you can minimize your chance of falling victim to an annoying toothache.

It is a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist for yourself and your entire family a couple months prior to your vacation. It is important for everyone to have a thorough cleaning and a routine check-up, even if you do see your dentist on a regular basis. A variety of dental issues can be corrected fairly easily if they are detected early on. And besides, wouldn’t you prefer to have a dental professional who you trust and know completing the work inside of your delicate mouth, as opposed to having someone you have never met before poking around?

It is recommended that any serious dental issues such as having a root canal or your wisdom teeth pulled are completed at least a couple of weeks prior to your departure in order to ensure that your mouth has time to heal. If you are flying for example, any changes in air pressure can sometimes cause dental pain in loose fillings and in cavities, as well as potentially in any recent dental work.

It is a good idea to also prepare a dental emergency kit to pack along in addition to your regular oral health care items. These dental accessories can temporarily provide relief if you encounter an unexpected dental problem. For example, a complete kit should include: sterile gloves and applicators, a pain reliever, clove oil or a topical anesthetic, dental wax, a mouth mirror, temporary filling material, splints to secure a tooth that has been knocked loose and even a container to save pieces of a knocked out or broken tooth.

Taking the initiative to make your dental check-up a priority for you and those you are traveling with prior to departure, may save you a lot of wasted vacation time, and money in the long-run.