I am a dental surgeon , and i love cruising. I have seen posts where guests are unexpectedly exposed to dental emergencies , whilst on board or immediately prior to boarding , and requesting advice.If you have a problem on board , then all
ships have a resident medical doctor , who in all probability will prescribe or dispense an antibiotic and analgesics. This most probably will help to relieve your discomfort. Especially, on a
long cruise , its better to take all precautions, prior to embarkation. Schedule an appoint with your dental practitioner well in advance. He will do an assessment including taking intraoral radiographs .Problems and potential problems can be identified. Eg, if a filling is defective and susceptible to fracture, it can be repaced. If a deep filling breaks on the first day , it can potentially destroy your trip, especially if there is nerve exposure. Get your scaling and polishing done. Calculus/ tartar can cause inflammation of the gums and subsequent infection. The dentist will also radiographically check the wisdoms. If these are impacted or unerupted , they can also potentially cause a problem. If he deems it unwise to remove before your trip , then request a prescription for an antibiotic and anti inflammatory tablet.
Soft tissue injury occurs more frequently, either due to toothbrush injury or trauma whist eating.
Carry some OTC gel , specifically indicated for mouth ulcers and mouth sores. Whilst on board , apply this , combined with regular gurgling with warm water and salt ( dissolved ). This will help if the condition is mild In severe cases , you will have to be prescribed an antibiotic by the ships medical personnel.
People who use dentures , ensure that your dentures are kept absolutely clean , to prevent intra oral infection. Carry a good sterilization solution to soak your dentures when not in use. Always remember to use a soft to medium brush and brush twice daily. Also floss after every meal. Nice to see beautiful smiles on all the gorgeous cruise pics. Happy cruising.