How can I find a trustworthy dentist in another country? I work outside of the U.S. three or four times yearly, but last week my company gave me an assignment that will last until July 2023. I plan to get my teeth examined and cleaned before I leave in June. I usually don’t have any problems with my teeth, but this assignment has me a little worried. Anything could go wrong. I have some info for some U.S.-trained doctors, but nothing for a dentist. What if I need emergency dental care? What kind of things should I look for to determine if a dentist is any good? Thanks. Hayden from Seattle
Hayden – You are wise to get an examination and cleaning before leaving the country. Speak with your dentist about your extended assignment. Early detection can help avoid future problems, so have your examination at least three weeks before you leave. It will give your dentist time to correct any potential issues with your teeth and help prevent a dental emergency.
If you are on a long-term assignment and need emergency dental care, preparation before departure can help you find dentists who can assist.
We hope that you do not have a dental emergency while you are away, but if you do, upfront research and planning will help ensure your teeth are in qualified hands.
Dr. Steve Sirin, an Elgin, Illinois dentist, sponsors this post.