Safe Dental Care for Travelers
If you are travelling, it is unlikely that dental care is on the top of your mind. However, should you get a toothache or crack a filling while outside the country, know that:
- The high standards Canada has set for infection control and safety in health care may not be equally matched by other countries;
- In some parts of the world, gloves, sterile instruments, disposable needles, and safe water are not routine elements of dental practice, increasing your risks of getting infections such as hepatitis B or HIV/AIDS; and
- The standards for educating and licensing dental professionals can vary widely between countries.
In case of a dental emergency in a foreign country, knowing what to look for when seeking dental care can help a traveller avoid unnecessary risks.
Created with permission from The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP)