How to Deal With Dental Emergency When Traveling

As much as you’re packing your gear for a trip, you should have plans in place on how to handle dental emergencies. Consider carrying painkillers, clean clothes, a bottle of salty water, toothpaste, dental adhesive and dental cement when travelling. You can rely on these items to help you cope with dental emergencies before seeking a dentist’s help. Discussed below are ways of dealing with four tooth-related crises.

  1. A toothache

Before taking a painkiller, rinse your mouth gently with warm water to ease the pain. You may use dental floss to clean the tooth in case the pain is as a result of debris or food lodged between the teeth. Over-the-counter painkillers can buy you time as you wait to reach your destination and get dental help.


You can take pain-relieving medication such as ibuprofen and paracetamol if you have a toothache. Take 2 ibuprofen tablets once the pain starts. If the pain persists in the next three hours, take 2 paracetamol tablets. Repeat the cycle in three hours to help ease the pain. The painkillers are likely to relieve your tooth from pain when consumed in this order.

  1. Dislodged Tooth

You may have your tooth entirely knocked out when travelling. If this happens, hold your tooth by its crown to prevent it from falling. Be sure to rinse the root if there’s dirt on it. Avoid touching the tissue fragments since your hands may be carrying disease-causing germs.

Note that your chances for saving the dislodged tooth reduce after every 30 minutes.

The tooth is more susceptible to damage if you wait longer to seek emergency dental help. As you hold the tooth in the socket, visit an  immediately. You can also place the dislodged tooth in a cup of milk and visit the dentist.

  1. Lost Filling or Crown

Place over-the-counter dental cement, dental adhesive or toothpaste on your tooth cavity once you lose a filling or crown. You can also use chewed sugarless gum to replace the filing temporarily. If you’re travelling in a personal vehicle, consider visiting the nearest dental facility in the area to get the filling replaced. On the other hand, you should wait until the car makes the next stop to seek the emergency dental assistance if you’re using public transportation.

  1. Lip and Gum Injuries

Lip and gum injuries may result in bleeding or pain in the mouth. Consider rinsing your mouth with salt water if you accidentally cut it. You may use ice if you can’t access salty water in the vehicle you’re travelling in. Use a clean cloth to hold the bleeding area for at least 5 minutes to prevent blood loss and swelling. You need to seek urgent dental care if the clean cloth can’t help you control bleeding.


Search the web for dental facilities situated in your travel destination. Knowing the exact locations of these facilities can help you get the right assistance in case of dental emergencies. Take note of the facilities that operate 7 days a week and are open on public holidays.