Today’s topic is teeth, pearly whites and dentist work pre-travel. Have you ever been told you shouldn’t fly with a fresh dental filling? There seems to be a general fear on travel forums of travelling right after visiting the dentist, is it stress without a cause?
There are two sides to this travel myth, a top and a bottom, just like inside your mouth. First of all there are the horror stories of a handful of unfortunate individuals who swear that their dental work done right before their trip “ruined their holidays in Mexico.”
On the other side are those individuals who also had dental work done before their trips and didn’t feel a thing during their flight. So who’s right? And what’s the deal?
The low down:
Changes in altitude while on a flight may cause some minor discomfort for passengers who have recently had dental work (fillings, root canals, etc.) done. This is different for everyone according to their teeth sensitivity, how close the dental work was to a nerve and pain tolerance.
How to deal:
To help lessen the pain, take an advil or other pain reliever (following the instructions of your personal physician) before your flight. The anti-inflammatory properties of the drug with definitely help with any discomfort.
Another solution is to make sure that all of your dental work is done one month to two weeks prior to any trips. If your dentist appointment is within a few days of flying, let your dentist know so that no procedures which might cause pain during air pressure changes are done. Changes in air pressure can also cause minor pain and discomfort to cavities and loose fillings.
Have you ever flown right after dental work, how did you feel during the flight?
Travel myths are everywhere, but we’re busting them one at a time.