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Brochure helps travelers find safe dental care abroad

Travelers planning a trip outside the United States can find advice on seeking safe dental care abroad in a new brochure available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP).

"The Traveler's Guide to Safe Dental Care" provides guidance on preventive measures travelers can take before leaving home to minimize the potential of a dental emergency. It also features criteria for selecting a dental professional abroad if such an emergency arises. In addition to suggestions for finding a dentist, choosing medications and assessing infection control techniques, the guide provides a series of questions travelers can ask to determine if an overseas dental office uses appropriate precautions to prevent disease transmission, such as:

  • Do staff members wash their hands with soap between patient visits?
  • Do staff members wear gloves for all procedures?
  • Are new needles used for each patient?
  • Is sterile water used for surgical procedures?

Copies of "The Traveler's Guide to Safe Dental Care" are available from OSAP by calling (800) 298-6727. For more information, visit the OSAP web site at www.osap.org.

Information courtesy of the Academy of General Dentistry.