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Dental care - a guide for seafarers

Tooth decay can be a greater risk for seafarers at sea - our guide explains how seafarers can keep their teeth healthy.

Toothache is difficult to treat with only the medication and instruments in the ship’s medical chest. It may adversely affect a seafarer's performance, upset their concentration and generally pose a real safety risk. Dental care systems and the quality of care in foreign ports may also vary a lot from what a seafarer is used to. It is therefore extremely important for seafarers to take good care of their 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.

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