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Prepare for unexpected dental emergencies before vacation
Updated: 8/4/2010 12:16:14 PM

Vacationers plan for trips by preparing their hotel accommodations, airline itineraries, and luggage must-haves. But very few are prepared for unexpected dental emergencies. Although planning ahead can’t prevent an emergency, it can help ease the pain.

Dental emergencies vary drastically in severity, ranging from toothaches to knocked-out teeth, to lost fillings. According to WebMD, there are ways to handle emergencies on your own until you can locate a dentist. Follow these guidelines and tips in the event that some of these common dental problems arise.


Rinse mouth with warm water and floss teeth to remove any food. Hold a cold compress on the outside of the cheek if necessary. Never place aspirin against the gums or on the sore tooth, as this may burn the delicate gum tissue.

Chipped Tooth

Rinse mouth with warm water to loosen and remove any broken tooth pieces. If bleeding occurs, apply a piece of gauze to the area until the bleeding subsides. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling and pain.

Knocked-out Tooth

Retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown, and rinse with warm water. Try to replace the tooth in the socket without using force. If that’s not possible, put the smooth in a small container of milk, or a cup of water with a pinch of salt. Seek emergency dental care. A tooth that has been knocked out has the highest chance of being saved when it is returned to the socket within one hour.

Lost Filling

Stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity or apply over-the-counter dental cement.


These are painful infections that resemble a swollen blemish on the gum, usually at the tooth’s root or in the space between the teeth and gum. Rinse mouth with mild salt water several and seek dental treatment immediately to avoid the risk of the infection spreading. offers 30+ discount dental plans, some of which have nationwide networks and providers. If you are a frequent traveler, a national discount dental plan may best fit your needs should you need dental care far from home.

For more tips and information, read the full article at NJ Today.


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