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Dental care - a guide for seafarers

Tooth decay can be a greater risk for seafarers at sea - read our guide to keep your teeth healthy.

Toothache is difficult to treat with only the medication and instruments in the ship’s medical chest. It may adversely affect your performance, upset your concentration and generally pose a real safety risk, and dental care systems and the quality of care you may get in foreign ports may also vary a lot from what you are used to. It is therefore extremely important to take good care of your teeth and have regular checkups at the dentist, especially before embarkation.

This guide provides advice for seafarers on good dental care, explains the most common dental problems and provides information on where to go for help and advice.