7 Steps To Repair a Chipped Tooth While On Vacation

Tuesday, December 14, 2021


If you are on vacation and you chip your tooth, then the chances are that the last thing you want to do is fly home. You can't just wait for it to heal either because your tooth needs attention now! There are many steps you can take when in this situation, so here's what Muscaro & Martini Dentistry recommends.
Find a Dentist in the Area

The first thing you should do is find a dentist in the area. You can use an app like Dental Care Near Me to help you locate one, or just Google "dentist + [city name]." Once you have a list of dentists, look at their websites or call them to see if they offer walk-in appointments. If not, ask if they can schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible.
Get a Temporary Fix for Your Tooth

Some dentists offer temporary fixes such as crowns or veneers if you don't want to wait for an appointment. If you don't want to go to the dentist, you can also buy tooth-colored bondings or putty at a local store. This will help protect your tooth until you can get it fixed permanently.
Buy Toothpaste and Mouthwash at Local Store

If you don't have any toothpaste or mouthwash with you, we recommend buying some at a local store. We recommend buying a fluoride mouthwash like TheraBreath to help prevent cavities while you are traveling. Just make sure that the toothpaste has fluoride in it because this will help protect your teeth from future damage.
Rinse with Salt Water to Remove Bacteria from Teeth

Salt water is great for removing bacteria from teeth and can be helpful if you chip your tooth while on vacation. To make salt water, mix one teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water. Swish the salt water around in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and then spit it out.
Fill Any Gaps between Teeth with Floss or Wax

Another thing you can do to prevent bacteria from getting into the chip in your tooth is to fill any gaps between your teeth with floss or wax. This will help keep your teeth clean and bacteria-free. It also will help to keep the area protected.
Apply Cold Compresses for 20 Minutes at Least 3 Times Per Day

You can do many things to help your tooth heal while on vacation. If it's not badly damaged, then we recommend applying cold compresses for 20 minutes at least three times per day until the chip in your tooth has healed completely.

Make sure to be careful when traveling and to enjoy your vacation. If you ever find yourself with a chipped tooth while on vacay, here are some tips for handling the situation responsibly. Take care of it as soon as possible by visiting an emergency dentist or setting up an appointment at home if you can't get in right away. Request pain medication before starting treatment (this will make the process much more bearable). Don’t brush any food particles off because this could lead to infection, but do rinse out your mouth after eating anything that may have been sitting there for a while. And finally, never try to repair a chipped tooth yourself!

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