Going on holiday? Don’t let your dental care get in the way!

There’s nothing worse than having a medical emergency when on holiday. A painful toothache or other dental emergency far from home can ruin your time away. What should you do when you have a dental emergency? When and how should you call a dentist? We have some tips that may help your dental care along the way

Step 1: Prevention

It’s a wise idea to make a routine appointment for a dental check-up before you leave on your trip. Have your teeth cleaned and get them to check for any problems that you may have.  Try to ensure you go to the dentist in good time before your holiday so that if any problems do need fixing, you and your dentist have time to carry out treatment before you jet off!

All root canal treatment should be completed before travel to avoid potential infections and pain due to pressure changes during air travel.

There are a few very common things that can bring on dental issues, and you should try avoiding these always. Especially when abroad.

  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy
  • Don’t use your teeth to cut tape or other materials.

Step 2: If a dental emergency does happen abroad

So, you may have had your pre-holiday check-up, however problems can occur at any given time, whether you were completely ok the week before. There are a few things to do if this does happen…


  • Clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water.
  • Gently use dental floss to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.
  • Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums or near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact a dentist.

Broken Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.
  • Use cold compresses on the area to keep swelling down.
  • Call a dentist immediately.

Cracked Tooth

  • Apply cold compresses to control swelling.
  • Go to a dentist or a hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Tooth

  • Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments.
  • To ensure the highest tooth survival rate, the tooth should be implanted by a dentist within one hour.

Finding A Dentist Abroad

Good dental care is available in many parts of the world.

If you have a travel insurance or assistance policy, the company’s 24-hour hotline can refer you to qualified dental care when you’re away from home, as well as provide translation help, if needed.  In addition, many countries have dental associations that can provide referrals.  Dental referrals may also be available from the hotel concierge. Ensure that the Dental practice you go to follows good practice and compliance. E.g. New gloves for each patient


If you are one of our Denplan patients you will get free worldwide dental care within your plan. To find out more information regarding this please visit https://savernakedentistry.co.uk/fees-offers/denplan/

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