Spring Break is coming up and many of you might be planning to spend your vacation on some exotic beach or in a foreign city. And while you may have thought about medical emergencies while packing medicine and first-aid kits, its equally as important to pack for a dental emergency.
In case of a dental emergency, its a good idea to carry a dental first-aid kit to help minimize the pain and discomfort until you can see a dentist.
Your emergency dental kit should include: pain relievers, like ibuprofen, to help relieve dental pain; dental floss to help dislodge objects between your teeth that might be giving you a toothache; a cold compress, in case you accidentally bite your tongue or lip; and, temporary dental cement to replace a filling or secure a loose crown.
And it wouldn’t be spring break if you weren’t planning on sipping some sweet and sugary beverage, but keep in mind that the sugar-laden drinks such as cola and alcohol can cause irreversible damage to dental enamel, potentially resulting in severe tooth decay and gum disease. Dental enamel, the outer layer of your teeth that protects them from decay, is the thin and constant exposure to sugary drinks can erode enamel.
Last, but not least, its important to schedule a dental checkup before taking any trip. This is especially true if you’ll be traveling in developing countries or remote areas without access to good dental care.
Planning a trip this Spring Break? Tell us how you are preparing in the comments below.