What to Do If Your Child Experiences a Dental Emergency While Traveling

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Dr. David Hudnall (emergencydentist247.com)


Traveling is a fun activity that many families enjoy together. Whether it’s by car, plane, or boat, exploring new places as a family is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime. However, sometimes things happen while traveling that you may not be expecting, for instance, dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can be common in children so it’s important to know what to do if your child experiences one while traveling. I have been practicing dentistry for 18 years and have seen that one of the most common dental emergencies in children is a broken or chipped tooth. Here’s how you can help your child with through a dental emergency while traveling until you can get into a dental office.


  1. Immediate actions


If your child breaks or chips their tooth, it can be stressful and unexpected. The best thing you can do is remain calm, and try to alleviate any anxiety your child may be feeling. Broken and chipped teeth are common and can easily be fixed by a dentist. Once you realize that your child’s tooth is broken, attempt to locate the broken fragment. This will help the dentist repair your child’s tooth once they are at their appointment. Next, rinse your child’s mouth with warm water to eliminate as much bacteria as possible. If there is any blood from the broken or chipped tooth, locate some gauze to help minimize the bleeding. Keep rinsing your child’s mouth regularly until their dental appointment.


  1. Treat the pain


A broken or chipped tooth may cause a fair amount of pain for your child. In these instances, the best way to relieve pain is by taking children’s Tylenol or other over the counter pain relievers. If you don’t have any with you, you can purchase them at most drug stores.  Another way to deal with the pain is by using a cold compress. This will reduce any swelling that your child may be experiencing and help them manage any pain.


  1. Get to an emergency dentist


The sooner you deal with the dental emergency, the better. That’s why it’s important to find an emergency dentist as soon as possible. Visit emergencydentist247.com to find an emergency dentist near you and learn more about how to deal with dental emergencies. Try to schedule a dental appointment within 24 hours. With a broken tooth, your child’s tooth may be jagged which can irritate the mouth and tongue. Your emergency dentist will smooth the edges and fill in the part that chipped off. You will also receive follow-up care instructions that you need to follow closely to ensure a smooth healing process for your child.


Dental emergencies seem to happen when you’re least expecting it. For instance, a family vacation. It’s important to be prepared in case this happens and know what to do when it does. If your child chips or breaks their tooth while you’re traveling, don’t stress as they are common and can be fixed easily. Follow these steps and schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. Traveling is a great way for you and your family to make memories and dealing with a dental emergency quickly will help you continue to make those memories with your loved ones.

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