woman with jaw pain at the airport

The air is buzzing with excitement. You’re busy making your holiday travel plans. There are checklists for all the things that need to happen before you leave home. You’ve got everything under control and you’re prepared for everything. Well, almost everything. What would you do if you had a dental emergency during your holiday travels? At Sehnert Precision Dental, we know that dental emergencies happen when you least expect them. Knowing the right way to handle a dental emergency can make all the difference.

Dental Emergency Tips for Holiday Travel

  • Toothache
    For toothache pain, try rinsing your mouth gently with warm water. Have floss on hand because food lodged between teeth can cause a toothache or make your toothache worse. If you’re still in pain after cleaning your tooth, seek dental treatment as soon as possible. Placing aspirin near you tooth is a definite no-no because aspirin can burn your gums.
  • Tooth Knocked Out
    Lightly rinse the tooth under running water and don’t rub it. Handle the tooth as minimally as you can. Place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place. If you’re unable to put the tooth back in place, put it in a glass of milk. See a dentist within 30 minutes to increase the chances of saving the tooth.
  • Lost Filling or Crown
    For a lost filling, place store-bought dental cement in the cavity.To put your crown back on, use temporary cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive to secure the crown. Seek dental treatment as soon as possible.
  • Possible Jaw Fracture
    Immobilize the jaw with a necktie, handkerchief, or towel and get the the emergency room as soon as possible.

Pack these basic items for your trip: ibuprofen, gauze, cotton, and floss. The preceding tips are temporary emergency measures and are not treatment suggestions. Always be prepared for dental emergencies. If you have any dental concerns, emergency or not, we’re here to help. We serve patients in Lewisville, Texas, and the surrounding areas.