Dental Travel Guide #2
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has publish a great Traveler’s Guide to Safe Dental Care. Below is just another small piece of a great site full of information you should know when traveling for dental care. The check list is a great start to a great dental vacation.
Take steps to ensure a healthy trip free of dental emergencies.
No one wants to have a trip ruined by a toothache. To minimize the risk of a dental emergency, visit your dentist for a check-up before your trip. Schedule your appointment to allow enough time to complete any necessary or outstanding dental work before your departure date.
- Before you leave on your trip, tend to decayed teeth, broken fillings, and other dental problems. Inform your dentist of your travel plans and ask about any other potential dental problems.
- Have your teeth cleaned by the dentist or hygienist. This is particularly important if you have periodontal (gum) disease.
- If you will be away for an extended time, consider having partially exposed lower wisdom teeth removed. The fleshy covering over the tooth creates a food trap that can cause pericoronitis, a potentially serious infection that can spread to parts of the head and neck.
- All root canal treatment should be completed before travel to avoid potential infections and pain due to pressure changes during air travel. if the work cannot be completed, ask your dentist to insert a temporary paste filling to reduce the risk of problems.
Most insurance policies don’t provide coverage for care delivered overseas, so it makes sense to take care of any potential problems before leaving home.
By Thomas Altstatt, International Medical Destinations Blogger
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