Some helpful dental tips while on vacation are to plan ahead. First, check with your dental insurance carrier to find out if there will be any in-network providers and what is their coverage policy on emergencies or for in areas where there is no dentists in network. While there is a low probability that a dental emergency will occur while on vacation, it is always good to be prepared for what may happen. Take your insurance card with you and keep it in a safe place. Also have enough cash or a credit card that will cover the co-pays or deductible for any treatment needed.
Another dental tip while on vacation is to get a dental checkup before leaving for any trip or getaway. If it has been over six months since your last trip to the dentist, it is good to have a checkup anyway. It is easier to take care of small minor issues at home before they become affected by air travel or flare up while in an unfamiliar city. Have any issues that are found during the exam taken care of before leaving for your vacation. A sensitive tooth can really cause problems in an airplane because of the pressure changes, so have a plan in place to take care of that before it starts to hurt. A chipped or rough tooth can cause sores on the tongue, lips or gums which can really put a crimp in the fun. Have all fillings or caps double checked to make sure they are secure and will not be falling out of place during the trip.
A final dental tip while on vacation is to be sure to take along general dental care items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash to maintain the good care of your teeth and gums.
Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.