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5 Vacation Dental Tips

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You’ve waited all year for your summer vacation, and the last thing you need is to have it ruined with dental issues! Here are several tips to prevent and handle tooth problems while traveling.

  1. Pack the essentials for daily oral hygiene & an emergency.
  2. Make sure you pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Bring a container of Ibuprofen or Tylenol in case you or fellow travelers need pain relief. If you have a temporary crown in place, take some temporary dental cement in case it dislodges. If you need an antibiotic pre-medication for dental treatment, have some on hand.

  3. Add our number to your contact list.
  4. Many dental issues are not true emergencies and some advice over the phone may help in determining if you actually need to seek care. Don’t hesitate to call Michael Gillespie Family Dentistry at 828-456-9007 to discuss your problem with us. That’s why we’re here!

  5. Brush with bottled water.
  6. Most places have potable water, but if you find yourself in an exotic country, or even camping in the backcountry, you want to avoid parasites. Give yourself peace of mind by brushing with bottled water.

  7. Take it easy out there!
  8. Since we practice in a vacation area ourselves, we have seen many emergencies for travelers over the years. One of the most common is a fractured tooth. Avoid chewing ice and hard candies, and be careful in your activities. We have treated people who have fallen in creeks, dove into shallow pools, and fallen while skating. Fractured teeth are more complicated to treat while traveling, so be watchful of your surroundings!

  9. Have your teeth checked before you travel.
  10. A complete exam, both visual and radiographic, allows us to evaluate any potential problems that need to be addressed before you leave. Schedule your appointment by contacting us today!

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Michael D. Gillespie, DDS

Michael D. Gillespie, DDS