Your summer holidays should be filled with lots of relaxation, great fun and wonderful family memories. Don’t let a dental emergency spoil the entire holiday for you and your family.

If it’s been over 6 months since you’ve had a dental check-up, please make an appointment to see us before you leave because it’s a lot easier to take care of a small cavity, a sensitive tooth, a chipped denture or a loose crown etc., than trying to deal with these problems while far from home.

Did you know that a sensitive tooth can escalate Into a raging toothache as a result of changes In atmospheric pressures? That means flying in an airliner above 30,000 feet, or while scuba diving below 33 feet.

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When travelling far from home, avoid sticky and hard exotic foods that you are not used to eating. Many dental emergencies result from lost fillings, broken teeth or ill-fitting dentures.

Consider assembling an inexpensive dental kit to take with you on your family’s vacation travels. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen tablets can ease discomfort until you can get emergency care, Orthodontic wax protects sharp edges, especially on braces. In addition, a pair of tweezers, a small mirror, dental cement, some sterile cotton, and (if applicable) a denture repair kit with adhesive may also come in handy.

If you do wear a denture, bring along your back-up “immediate denture” because you never know when your daily denture might break or get lost.

Finally, don’t forget your toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and dental floss! If a tooth has been broken as a result of an accident or injury, rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Use cold compresses to keep the swelling down and get to a dentist’s office quickly. If the tongue or lip is bitten, clean the area gently with a cloth, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room at once.

In case of a toothache, first, rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water to clean it out. Make sure food or foreign objects aren’t lodged around the tooth by using dental floss. Do not apply aspirin or any other analgesic on the gums, or around the aching tooth because they may cause a burn on the mouth tissues and do more harm than good. You can create a temporary filling using an over-the-counter dental cement or by sticking a place of sugarless gum Into the cavity, but do not take any chances with a broken or abscessed tooth. You should find a local dentist as soon as possible.

Remember to pack your dental insurance card with policy number, along with our phone number. If you encounter a problem, you can call our office for a telephone consultation and we can help you decide whether you need to seek immediate dental care. A hotel concierge or a local dental society are good dental referral sources too.

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Allen Sun