Dental Emergency on board

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.

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Good sound advise.

Funny though, on our last 2 cruises I have on each cruise had a tooth fracture and a large chunk break off. I was lucky enough that the inconvenience was minor. One of the broken teeth is still that way almost a year later but that is my own stupidity. I go a bit beyond the "if it aint broke do't fix it" to "if it don't hurt leave it alone".

I just took a figure skate that drifted up on land. I took a rock an whacked that pesky tooth out.

Is this an advertisement?  Yes good advice but.... ?

 

Click on his NIC...doesn't look like an ad, looks like good advice to me...perhaps not for folks who hit themselves in the head with rocks tho heheheheh

Sounds like advise to me.

Definately not an advertisement. Just someone who cares about others well-being. BTW , Im retired from the profession due to an accident, and permanent injury to my right hand . All the very best. 

Great advice...we both schedule our dental exams every six months anyway.  Went on a land trip over 1k mi from home few years back, and I had been to see our dentist about a month b4...got a terrible toothache, and went to see a strange dentist I saw had an office across the street from the motel.   Very kind, very professional, it was pulled.  He gave it to me...It had a hole in it!...Brought it home, showed it to our regular guy...didn't know what to say.  We moved anyway, and changed dentists...

 

My husband had a dental emergency a couple of years ago on a cruise.  Luckily for him he is a dentist & had brought supplies for a temporary fix.  He was able to do a better fix at the next port.  

I always pack an emergency cap repair kit

Yes.  It's great advice.  I was only asking not implying if it was an advertisement.  Some forums I've seen had people promoting a business.  

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