Many of us have first aid kits on hand in case of a general medical emergency situation, like an injury. But what most of us don’t consider is that dental emergencies are just as likely to occur, and can be just as painful and dangerous. This is why everyone should be prepared by having a dental emergency kit at home, at least until you can see your emergency dentist in Yuba City. Here are a few things you need in your dental emergency kit.
You never want to put your hand in someone else’s mouth without being protected by a glove, as you could spread germs to them. Nitrile gloves are significantly preferable to latex gloves because some people have a latex allergy.
This gel can temporarily provide relief for pain caused by severe toothaches as well as blisters and sores in the mouth. However, it’s important to note that this isn’t a long-term solution, and you should see your dentist as soon as you can.
Cotton Balls or Gauze Pads
These items are necessary to stop bleeding from the mouth, like in the case of a broken or knocked-out tooth. Apply the gauze or cotton ball to the area for 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops.
When you have an infection in your mouth, it helps tremendously to gargle with hydrogen peroxide. However, be sure to NOT swallow it. You could also swish it around in your mouth after an oral injury to help prevent infection from setting in.
Believe it or not, salt can help alleviate a serious toothache. Tiny food particles can get caught between teeth or under a restoration and cause immense pain. Rinsing with saltwater can help to dislodge these particles and relieve your pain.
A mirror is especially important if you’re working on your own mouth and you don’t have access to a larger bathroom mirror. It allows you to see all the way to the back of your mouth.
Many dentists consider ibuprofen to be the best over-the-counter medication for oral pain. Keep a small bottle of these pills in your emergency kit in case your tooth starts hurting.
If you lose a filling or crown, you can temporarily protect your tooth by placing some dental wax over it. Still get to your dentist as soon as you can, though.
All of these items are great to put in your dental emergency kit. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so go ahead and build this kit so you’re better prepared in case of an emergency.
About the Author
Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon is a general and emergency dentist in Yuba City who attended dental school at the University of Western Ontario, and then opened the doors to Fit Dental three years later. If you call his practice with a dental emergency, his team will do everything in their power to see you on the same day as your call. If you find yourself experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sekhon at (530) 822-9090.