Traveling with Braces: How to Prepare for and Handle Dental Emergencies

The pains and aches associated with braces usually resolve in the first couple months, and you are on your way to a beautiful, straight smile. When you have braces, it’s important to support this important process by ensuring that your braces are working for you to the best of their ability.

But, accidents and emergencies do happen, and if you are away from home then it is best to always be prepared. A dental emergency could constitute anything as minor as a broken or poking wire, to loose rubber bands or brackets, to an injury such as a trauma to the face or mouth. Luckily, there are ways to prepare so that you are ready to handle any dental emergencies, whether it is you or your child wearing the wires.

Dr. Pham at Crownridge Dental in San Antonio, Texas, is a skilled provider with experience managing braces for patients of all ages. He can guide you in how to prepare for and handle dental emergencies when travelling with braces, so that nothing gets in the way of your perfect smile.

Have a dental emergency kit on-hand

If you or your child with braces are going on vacation for more than a couple days, it is a good idea to connect with your dentist to make sure that you don’t have any loose or poking wires and to confirm that you are up to date with your adjustments.

Your dentist may also set you up with a dental emergency kit. This kit may contain dental floss and floss threaders, braces wax, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and mild pain medications like ibuprofen. Carrying this kit with you when you’re travelling can help reduce any pain from minor annoyances that can happen while you’re on vacation.

Take extra are with food choices and recreational activities

If you wear braces, it’s always best to avoid dangerous activities and foods that could get in the way of your braces doing their job. And, it is even more important to follow these rules when you’re on vacation. It can be difficult to resist the temptation of delicious desserts when you’re travelling, but if you can, try to choose foods like ice cream over the caramel apple and other sticky or tough-to-eat foods.

Also, if you’re planning on doing any extreme recreational sports, do your best to avoid activities that could result in being hit in the face — good advice in general, but even more so when you’re travelling with braces.

If you do plan on doing extreme sports that could result in falling or being hit in the face, like water-skiing, bodyboarding, surfing, or rollerblading, then consider asking your dentist for a mouthguard prior to your departure, so that you can protect your teeth during sports and recreational activities.

Have your dentist on speed-dial, and do basic first aid until you can get to an ER

Before you head out for your vacation, be certain to have your dentist’s phone number and email address saved in your phone in case any questions come up. If you’re planning to travel for a long period of time, consider asking your dentist to recommend a local dentist or orthodontist in the areas where you’re travelling.

For many dental questions and minor issues, you’ll be glad you have a trusted name handy while you’re traveling. However, if anything serious comes up, seek emergency medical care immediately.

For example, if you are feeling intense pain in the head or mouth that doesn’t go away with dental wax and a good floss, or if you have been hit in the face and your mouth is bleeding, then don’t hesitate to immediately head to the ER.

In the interim, Dr. Pham recommends taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen to ease your pain, and thoroughly washing any cuts in or around your mouth with soap and water. If it is feasible to apply antibacterial gel to the cut and cover it with gauze, then this is also a good idea. But when in doubt, seek professional medical advice.

Travelling is a fun part of life, and braces shouldn’t get in the way, especially if you are prepared. For more information on braces, call or book online to schedule a consult with Crownridge Dental.

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