Emergency dental care abroad may be hard to find, reports Danbury, CT Dentist Jay M. Marks, DMD, uncomfortable, expensive, or even dangerous. Most of us take for granted the high U.S. standards for infection control and safety. We seldom think about the fact that sterile instruments, gloves, disposable needles and safe water are not always routine in parts of the world. Dentists practicing in the U.S. are held to high standards of care and must follow infection control guidelines for disease prevention. The standards for educating and licensing dental professionals also vary in foreign countries. In the U.S., dentists have been educated in accredited schools and have taken national and state boards prior to receiving a license to practice.
Have decayed or cracked teeth treated
- Congested with sinus problems? It may be from or affecting your teeth
- Schedule a cleaning, especially if you have any type of periodontal (gum) disease or bad breath
- Sensitive teeth should be checked before you travel
- Complete all root canal treatments
Along with your passport, carry travel information including names and phone numbers of organizations to contact in case of a dental or medical emergency. Some good sources to contact in an emergency are:
- A local hotel concierge.
- Americans living in the area or American military personnel.
- The International Assoc. For Medical Assistance To Travelers — a network of doctors and medical institutions around the world – (www.iamat.org) (716) 754-4883.
- American Consulate or American Embassy in the country you are visiting.
- In Europe – American Dental Society of Europe (ADSE) (www.adse.co.uk) Phone: 011 44 141 331 0088.
To obtain A Traveler's Guide To Safe Dental Care visit The Organization For Safety and Asepsis Procedures (www.osap.org)
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