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?