When you’re packing for vacation, you wouldn’t think of leaving your sunscreen or bathing suit behind. However, it may not have occurred to you to bring your dentist’s phone number with you. Yet your home dental office can be a big help if you have tooth troubles while away.
For one thing, your dentist can help determine if you have a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately or if it can wait until you come back. In addition, your dentist may offer helpful tips for dealing with the situation in the short-term.
Also, your dentist may be able to help you find a local dentist who speaks your language and has suitable training. That way, you won’t have the added worry of communication problems or that the approach to dental care will be vastly different.
If you can’t reach your dentist and need to find dental care while on vacation, the hotel concierge may be a good resource. However, if you are in a foreign country, you might first want to contact your home country’s embassy or consulate for an unbiased recommendation.
So before you leave, don’t forget to bring your toothbrush, your floss…and your dentist’s phone number.