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Jan 21 2013

Toothache Whilst Travelling – What Do You Do?

dental pain, travel, toothache

Thankfully, I have never had toothache whilst travelling and had never really given it much thought.  That was until I suffered with toothache over the holidays (Christmas and New Year).

Oral analgesia (painkillers) didn’t seem to ease the pain so I went to my local pharmacy, which was open, and asked if there was anything topical that might help.  I was given an extra strength local anaesthetic gel to ease the pain until I could visit my dentist.  I had never used anything like this before so I had no idea if it was going to work.  To my delight, it numbed the area that was causing the pain.  What a relief!

It got me thinking about when I was travelling.  What if I had toothache when I was… say… trekking to Everest Base Camp or in Torres del Paine National Park?  What would I do?  I wouldn’t have been able to get to a dentist quickly or easily.  I had never even considered what I would do if I had dental pain in the middle of nowhere.

I am always learning and, as a result of this experience, I am going to add a small tube of this local anaesthetic to my first aid kit.  Even if I don’t need it, someone else might at some point.

Have you ever suffered from toothache or some kind of dental pain whilst travelling?  What did you do?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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