Dental Emergency While On Vacation: What to Do?

You’ve packed your bags, traveled to your destination, and are ready to enjoy your vacation until the unthinkable happens; you have a dental emergency.

With millions of people expected to travel in the next week for the holiday season, we want to ensure you are covered before you jet off.

Regular dental visits, booked at least every six months, can identify any oral health concerns before they become a painful and potentially expensive procedure.

When booking travel, make sure to schedule a visit to your dentist at least two weeks prior to your departure. While there, consult your dentist about any recommendations they might have for you and your family while traveling.

A quick checklist can help you plan for the unexpected:

– Check with your dental plan to find local, participating dental providers in the area to which you are traveling.

– Pack the essentials: Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash are all must-have toiletry items.

– Know your dental plan. If staying state-side, familiarize yourself with your dental plan’s out-of-network benefits. If traveling out of the country, consider purchasing additional dental insurance, as many traditional dental policies do not cover providers overseas.

Is your problem a toothache? If so, rinse the mouth with warm water to clear any debris around the affected area. Gently floss between the teeth to remove any trapped food.

Cracked or Broken Tooth: Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water, then apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and go to the nearest dentist or emergency room.

Before you head out on your trip, book an appointment with Canton Park Dental to ensure your teeth are ready to hit the road. Call us today at 734-459-5370 or visit our website to book directly at