I am currently on a work assignment out of the country. Yesterday morning I found out that my assignment will be extended from 7 months to more than double that, 14 months at the least. I am going to be able to come back to the states for two weeks to take care of some business and visit family. My plan is to stay on top of flossing and brushing, maybe even more than usual. My colleagues in the U.S. who have been on assignment here in the past gave me some medical contacts, but none of them have needed a dentist. My teeth are fine for now, but I have needed root canals in the past so maybe that is what’s making me kind of nervous. If by chance I do have a dental emergency, how can I select a good dentist? Regards. Chip S.
It’s good that you’re being proactive when it comes to your oral health. We have three suggestions to help you avoid a last-minute search for a dentist if you have an emergency.
Planning for a Dental Emergency While Outside of the U.S.
- Get an exam and cleaning while you’re in the U.S. – During your two-week return to the U.S., we suggest that you schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning and thorough examination of your teeth and oral cavities. Early detection can help anticipate any potential problems.
- Do some research – Research the names of respected dental associations in the country where you will be working. Dentists who are masters, fellows, or diplomates of the association have proven skill and experience. You can also ask your U.S. dentist for suggestions on finding a good provider while you’re on assignment.
- Ask for recommendations – You can consider speaking with a hotel concierge or others you come in contact with who live or work in that country. Recommendations are often a reliable way to find a good dentist. People are usually sensitive and particular about the kind of dental care they receive. In advance of an emergency, research any dentist recommendations you have received. We wish you good oral health while you are away, but if you do have a dental emergency, you won’t have to rush to select a provider.
This post is sponsored by John Weaver, DMD of Kentucky Dental Group in Lexington.