If you’ve recently booked a holiday, you’re probably thinking of beaches, good food and soaking up some sun. However, something else that should be considered before you jet off is booking that dentist appointment. Don’t worry, we know that a trip to the dentist is most peoples idea of fun, but a quick check-up before you go on holiday could save you from uncomfortable toothache whilst you’re away.
Sometimes, we don’t get any signs before it is discovered that we require some sort of dental work. The air pressure on an aeroplane can cause a recently drilled tooth to become very sensitive so it is a good idea to book your dental appointment at least a month prior to your trip away – possibly earlier if you believe you may need more than one appointment for your treatment.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while and believe you may need extensive dental work, including an extraction or root treatment, it is advised that you visit the dentist well in advance to ensure you can attend any necessary follow up appointments and let your mouth fully heal.
Seeking Dental Help Abroad
Whilst it may be possible for you to seek the help for a dental professional when in another country, depending on where you are, you may find it difficult to communicate your exact issue, should there be a language barrier. Additionally, the dental professional may find it difficult to relay to you what you should do after your appointment in order to keep your tooth happy and healthy.
Furthermore, when you seek dental help abroad, the professional treating you may not know your dental history, your feelings around visiting the dentist and if you have any planned treatment for the future.
Of course, if you require dental help and have a dental membership plan in place, try and check to see what this covers as you may be able to receive treatment without being landed with a large fee. If you are struggling to find a dentist, speak to your travel insurance agency who will be able to recommend a practice. Alternatively, speak to your hotel’s concierge to see if they can help you find a good practice.