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Before Leaving, It’s Better to … Visit Your Dentist

I am used to seeing my dentist once a year. Not because of a lack of dental hygiene or an important amount of chocolate eaten. Prevention!

However, I had a lot of things on my mind lately and I forgot to have my teeth checked in December. So I called my dentist today and made an appointment.

I had two reasons for that. First one is that my wisdom teeth start to bother me (nothing urgent, they didn’t even come up yet, but I prefer a specialist to have a look at it). And the second is that I am leaving soon for this years’ trip and I wouldn’t like to have it spoiled by something like hurting teeth.

I don’t even want to imagine spending my time looking for a dentist instead of enjoying what a new destination has to offer. Dentist experience is already horrifying enough at home, why add some random difficulties to it : foreign language (the one that you speak or the one that you don’t), local healthcare system (sometimes better and sometimes not)…

Or you can decide to push your pain away with something from a pharmacy. It can be a good choice if it’s at the end of your stay. But do I want to spend my holidays under the influence of some pain-killers? No.

And what about you? Do you have some experience from visiting a dentist abroad (or any other doctor)? While just travelling or living there? How did it go?

Holidays season is approaching so maybe some of you are going to call their dentist straight away 😉


7 comments on “Before Leaving, It’s Better to … Visit Your Dentist

  1. mytimetotravel
    March 14, 2013

    I visited a couple of dentists on my ten month RTW back in 2004. The one in Poland said my teeth needed cleaning but he didn’t have a hygienist available and didn’t charge me. He spoke good English. The one in Beijing charged me 50 USD and didn’t do much besides tell me I had a cracked tooth. He also spoke good English. Usually Lonely Planet will help you find a dentist, or you can check the embassy websites for referrals.

    • Veronika
      March 14, 2013

      Thank you for your comment. You are completely right. Travel guides usually mention some addresses and if that is not enough, there are still embassies ready to assist if necessary.
      When travelling for a long period, one can’t always avoid seeing a dentist or a doctor. Unfortunately, I get only few weeks of holidays per year and therefore I try to prevent this kind of situation.
      Best wishes on your travels (without the need to see a dentist or a doctor).

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  3. Our Adventure in Croatia
    March 20, 2013

    we have a house in Croatia and one summer during our holidays there, one of my fillings broke so I had to visit the local dentist. Since then we always go there for regular checkups. This post is our experience last year, when my partner had problems with his wisdom tooth while we were there.

    • Veronika
      March 21, 2013

      Oh, Croatia is beautiful ! I did a road trip few years ago and I keep nice memories 😉

      As it goes for the dentist, it is never pleasant … I read your post and felt the pain (or pressure?) myself. I have 4 wisdom teeth to extract soon 😦 As it is going to be complicated, 2 of them are very close to the facial nerve, it will most certainly be done under a general anaesthesia (or I hope so)…
      Best wishes on your Croatian adventure.

      • Our Adventure in Croatia
        March 21, 2013

        thank you Veronika for stopping by and your comments today.. good luck with the 4 extractions … 😦 – if you want we can recommend a good dentist in Croatia … 😉

  4. Veronika
    March 21, 2013

    Thanks a lot 😉 However I have already an appointment with one very good Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in France …Ouch!

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