Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010

It’s a traveler’s nightmare – a painful toothache or other dental emergency far from home and your regular dentist. What should you do when you have a dental emergency? When should you call a dentist? And how can you find one while you’re traveling? Following are tips on what to do when you’re on the road and your teeth need attention.

An Ounce of Prevention

It’s a good idea to make an appointment for a dental checkup before you leave on your trip, especially if you’re traveling to developing countries or remote areas without access to good dental care. Have your teeth cleaned.  This is especially important if you have gum disease. If you will be away for an extended time, consider having any partially exposed lower wisdom teeth removed. 

All root canal treatment should be completed before travel to avoid potential infections and pain due to pressure changes during air travel.

If traveling to certain lesser-developed countries, immunization against Hepatitis B might be a good idea in case dentists abroad are not vaccinated, says the Organization of Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP is dedicated to safe, infection-free dental care globally). This does require a series of vaccinations beginning six months in advance of your trip.

On the road, consider these preventive tactics:

  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy

  • Don’t use your teeth to cut tape or other materials.

     

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