Ah, spring break. You’ve survived the long, hard winter, and now, you’re about to take some time to recharge with a well-deserved vacation. The last thing you want, though, is for a dental disaster to ruin your rest and relaxation.
At Bell Dental Group, we want you to enjoy your time off — whether you’ve got plans for international travel or a staycation — with some peace of mind. Read on for five ways you can avoid letting a dental disaster derail your spring break.
Then, if you’re looking for award-winning dentistry in Cincinnati, OH, come check us out! Whether you need to repair a damaged tooth or want to enhance the appearance of your smile, we can help. Call us at 513-802-9440 to make an appointment.
Tip #1: Research Dentists Near Your Travel Destination.
It’s always good to be prepared. Before you leave, research dentists who offer emergency dental care near where you’ll be staying.
Jot down their numbers, and make sure you also bring the contact information for your regular dentist back home. This way, it’ll be easy for the dentists to communicate with one another should you suffer a toothache, broken restoration, or other dental disaster.
Tip #2: Use Caution When Traveling Overseas.
If you need a dentist while you’re overseas, use caution when taking recommendations from the hotel concierge — who might suggest you see a relative or someone who has a business connection to someone at the hotel. Your best bet is to solicit recommendations from the U.S. embassy or local consulate.
Tip #3: Make Sure Your Smile Is In Great Shape Before You Go.
Has it been awhile since your last dental exam? Or have you been meaning to get that tooth checked out? If you need to talk to a dentist about specific concerns or are just due for a routine appointment, before you leave for a big trip is a great time to cross it off your to-do list.
Telling yourself that you’ll just wait to do it until after you return means you run the risk of a complication while you’re out of town.
Tip #4: Traveling With A Temporary Crown? Pack Some Denture Adhesive.
Traveling with a temporary crown is never ideal but is sometimes unavoidable. These restorations are often ill-fitting and prone to falling out, so it’s a good idea to pack some denture adhesive in case you need to reattach your temporary crown in a pinch.
And as hard as it might be while you’re on vacation, avoid foods — like salt water taffy or other sticky treats — that could cause your temporary crown to fall out.
Tip #5: Take Care When Packing Your Toothbrush.
Proper dental hygiene doesn’t just mean brushing twice a day! It also means taking care when you pack and transport your toothbrush. Small plastic bags are often fine for transporting; just make sure that you dry your toothbrush after using it and before placing it in the plastic bag. Then, once you’ve reached your destination, take your toothbrush out of the bag and let it air dry to keep bacterial growth at bay.
And if you need to buy a toothbrush while on vacation, choose one with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. If that’s not possible, be sure to purchase one with soft bristles.
Personalized Care, No Matter Where Life Takes You
If you’re looking for top-notch dental care in Cincinnati, OH, consider making Bell Dental Group your home practice! Our compassionate team is willing to go the extra mile to help you keep your smile healthy, no matter where life takes you.