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Unfortunately, dental emergencies can occur no matter where you are, even if you’re on vacation. This can put a damper on your trip. Even though it’s quite unfortunate to experience a dental emergency while you’re on vacation, it’s still important to properly handle the situation and care for your smile. To help you handle a dental emergency while you’re on vacation, our dentist, Dr. Michael Dab, encourages you to do the following things:

-For a toothache: Clean the tooth and surrounding area by brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and by flossing. Then, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to clean the bacteria and infection. Finally, take over-the-counter pain medication to dull the pain.

-For a broken tooth: Save all of the pieces of the tooth. There is a chance your dental team can reattach them. Keep them in a safe place and contact our office. We will decide if you need an immediate appointment or if we can wait to treat the tooth until you get back. Try to reduce pain and swelling by using a cold compress on the area and by taking over-the-counter pain and inflammation medication.

-For a knocked-out tooth: Retrieve the tooth (only hold it by the crown) and gently rinse it. Do not scrub the tooth! It’s important to keep the tooth alive by placing it between your gums and cheek or by placing it in a cup of milk or saltwater. Call our office as soon as possible so we can help you find a nearby dentist who can help you.

For more information and details about how to handle a dental emergency, please contact our office at 415-472-5211 when you get the chance. Our dental team in San Rafael, California, will be happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!