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What Items Should Be in Your Dental Emergency Kit

Posted on 8/23/2021 by Classic Smiles
What Items Should Be in Your Dental Emergency KitDental emergency kits are as important as your home first aid kit to deal with dental emergencies. You can use this kit to keep items you may need in case of a lost filling, toothache, or other minor dental problems. Having this kit will help you stay put and comfortable, especially when your emergency occurs outside dental office work hours. Among the must-haves in your dental emergency kit including first aid items and pain relievers.

First Aid Items

Cotton balls, dental wax, and temporary filling are essential first aid items. In case you sustain an injury outside your home, you will use your cotton balls to control bleeding, given their absorbency. You can also use them to clean or apply medication. By using sanitary material, you will minimize the chances of infection and speed up healing. On the other hand, temporary fillings protect exposed parts of the tooth from bacteria entry and tooth sensitivity as you await to see us.

Pain Relievers

Usually, a dental emergency, whether a knocked-out tooth or filling, will cause some level of discomfort. To prevent this, you will need pain relievers. If you plan to visit us immediately after the injury, you can use a cold compress to reduce the pain and ease inflammation. However, if you plan a next day visit, or have severe pain, then a pain reliever such as ibuprofen is ideal.

Other Items

Besides the above essentials, your kit should have basic items such as gloves and hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes to prevent contamination as you administer first aid. You should also have floss to remove foreign objects from the tooth and a dental mirror to enable you to see the injured part. Finally, while you may experience relief after responding to your dental emergency with the above tools, you still need professional care. For more details on what to pack in your dental emergency kit, contact our office today.
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