Are you planning a vacation this summer? It’s important to have a plan for a potential dental emergency before you go. We have a few tips we’d like to share:

  • Schedule a visit beforehand. This might be a good idea if you have ongoing dental issues or just want to make sure your mouth is in good shape before you leave. We’ll address any concerns you have and make sure your oral health is at its best!
  • Review your dental insurance plan. Depending on where you are going, you’ll want to identify an in-network dentist, whenever possible, to handle your needs. If not, at least do research on what any out-of-network costs may be, and which emergency dental services are available near you.
  • Know when it’s okay to wait until you return for any potential emergencies. If you chip or crack a tooth, and aren’t in any pain, it’s fine to wait until you return to handle the issue. If you’ve lost a filling, go to a nearby pharmacy or drugstore to obtain dental cement to secure the filling in your mouth. For any emergency, however, if you are dealing with any pain, make sure to visit a dentist in your location right away.

We’re also sharing a video by the American Dental Association (ADA) that discusses how you can avoid dental emergencies. 

If you have specific concerns you’d like addressed before you go on vacation, call 253-999-9419 or schedule online to visit Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry in Puyallup, WA.