You likely have a first aid kit somewhere in your home or car just in case an accident happens. But have you ever thought about putting together a dental emergency kit? You never know when one may happen, so it pays to be prepared at all times. Here are some important items that you may want to keep on hand in your dental emergency kit in case you or one of your family members experiences a dental problem at home.
A lot of the mouth is difficult to see with just your eyes. That’s why having a dental mirror is a good idea. This way, if you need to help someone out who is having a dental emergency, you will be able to see what’s going on. You can even find ones with built in lights so that you don’t need to have an extra flashlight on hand.
If something is stuck between the teeth, it can cause pain and discomfort. In order to dislodge anything that is wedged between your teeth, use some dental floss. Keep a travel-sized container in your new kit to help you get some relief.
Your emergency dentist will be able to help when it comes to relieving pain, but until then, you will need to make-do with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Pick your preferred one. However, do not use aspirin because it is an anticoagulant. This makes it more difficult for the blood to clot. Instead, use something like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
When there is pain due to swelling in the mouth, a cold compress can help. Not only will it help to numb the pain that you are feeling, but it is also a natural way to reduce inflammation.
An easy homemade mouth rinse consists of just warm water and salt. This can benefit your mouth a lot because it helps to relieve infection induced pain, washes away dislodged food, and is a natural disinfectant. It can speed up the healing process of sores in the mouth.
Does someone in your family have braces? Then they probably know what it’s like to have a wire or bracket poking at their cheek. Their dentist will be able to help with this problem, but until then, orthodontic wax is a great way to cover up the trouble spots.
Gauze or Cotton Balls
The best way to reduce bleeding in the mouth is by putting pressure on the area. It is easiest to do this with either cotton balls or gauze that you can bite down on. Store them carefully so they don’t get dirty.
You should keep some latex or vinal gloves in your kit just in case you need to help someone out with their teeth. This way, you can significantly reduce the spread of any infections or germs from one person to another.
It always pays to be prepared! By having these items handy in a dental emergency kit, you will be able to address dental problems until you can see a dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Afshin Azmoodeh is an experienced dentist who has been working in Plano for nearly two decades! He earned his dental doctorate from the Texas A&M College of Dentistry and is an active member of the American Dental Association. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, he’d be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (214) 227-1000.