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There is never a good time for a tooth extraction. Whether it’s your wisdom teeth or any of your other teeth, two things are certain: the procedure can be incredibly uncomfortable, sometimes painful and the recovery can be long and tedious depending on the procedure.

Aside from changes in diet, having a tooth extracted often necessitates some adjustments in lifestyle. It often means the patient has to take it slow, avoid intense physical activity and rest! The problem is, some of us have commitments — whether they may be for work or anything else — that we can’t avoid.

How safe is flying after a tooth extraction? This article will go over the risks, as well as the possible solutions, to make sure you’re safe in the air right after your tooth has been pulled.

How can a flight complicate my tooth extraction?

The extraction of a tooth has been known to result in a lingering minor pain that often requires the intake of over-the-counter painkillers. In some rare cases, it can even cause discomfort so intense that it needs a prescription to dull the pain.

A likely way this can be complicated by flying is the changes in air pressure in the cabin. These can cause sinus pressure, headaches, or even toothaches. Any of these on top of a tooth extraction can be incredibly uncomfortable, especially within the first 48 hours of the procedure.

What can I do to prepare for the pain?

The first thing you should do is to consult your dentist about flying after your tooth extraction. As a trained professional with access to your medical history, they can determine the risks more thoroughly, depending on your physiology.

A dentist is more likely to okay a flight if, for example, you only had a single tooth pulled. Any more than that (e.g. wisdom teeth extractions) might be too painful for you to handle on an aeroplane. In either eventuality, the dentist might recommend some painkillers.

Make sure to pack an appropriate amount of painkillers and to take them only as prescribed, no matter how much pain you experience. Any more could be dangerous for your health.

If you plan on eating during the flight, call your airline ahead to warn them of any specialised dietary requirements. Ensure that they only serve you soft foods and snacks, like soup, yoghurt, or smoothies (or take your own).

Other than painkillers, what else should I bring?

If you decide to fly very soon after your procedure, you might have to end up changing your gauze on the plane. Familiarise yourself with the process of changing your gauze, and make sure to clear whatever medical items and materials with your airline before your flight.

It might also help to bring an empty resealable bag or ice pack just in case the painkillers are not enough. Ask your flight attendant for some ice, and press the ice pack to your cheek for ten-minute intervals to relieve a little bit of the pain.

Conclusion

While it definitely isn’t recommended to fly within the first 48 hours of your tooth extraction procedure, it is understandable that it is sometimes unavoidable. So long as you have the permission of your dentist, and an awareness of both the risks involved and the solutions you can use to mitigate them, flying can be safe after a tooth extraction.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of people all around the world—establishments have ceased operations, events have been cancelled, and routines have been disrupted. All of these have been done to reduce the risk of infection, which is necessary because countless lives have already been claimed by the virus.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding all of us, you must remember to take good care of yourself—this begins with proper hygiene habits. Although your regular dental treatments and hygienist visits may not be possible at the moment, it is imperative to continue observing proper dental care.

Your health remains your number one defence against the virus, and keeping yourself healthy also means caring for your gums and teeth. Here are four simple ways you can keep yourself healthy during the pandemic:

1 – Brush your teeth properly and regularly

Global pandemic or not, brushing your teeth is a must. You need to make sure to clean every single tooth, so brush every surface. Make sure to brush the inner and outer tooth surfaces, most especially the chewing sides of your teeth.

While being thorough is important, remember not to brush your teeth forcefully. Your teeth and gums may end up being damaged, which will leave you susceptible to infections. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day.

2 – Never skip flossing your teeth

Daily flossing is also a vital habit you need to build. There are only so many crevices your toothbrush can reach, and stuck in between your teeth are particles and plaque that can cause decay. To get rid of them, use dental floss. As with brushing your teeth, however, remember to be gentle—flossing too hard will damage your gums and teeth.

3 – Use a mouth rinse

A mouth rinse or mouthwash can help remove bacteria, as well as help prevent bad breath. Dentists recommend to gargle and swish the solution in your mouth properly, which should last for 30 seconds before spitting out. Keep in mind, however, that this is merely additional protection for your mouth—it shouldn’t replace brushing and flossing!

4 – Eat a healthy and balanced diet

One of the best ways to practice good dental hygiene is by eating better food. Although difficult, avoiding sugary foods and carbohydrates can help you maintain a healthy mouth. Eating food that contains too much sugar feeds the bacteria already living in your mouth. This enables them to form plaques that eventually decay your teeth. To prevent this from happening, switch to a diet that consists of healthy fats, protein, and vegetables.

Conclusion

Prevention is better than cure, they say, and that holds for your dental health. By practising good dental hygiene, you stay healthy both in the present and the future. Your oral health affects your overall health, after all. In a time where a good immune system is necessary to fight off a pandemic, neglecting your dental health will leave you compromised—it’s best to keep it healthy!

 


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