February 9, 2016
Emergency situations are a part of life. We never know when they’re going to happen, and when they do it’s important that you are prepared as much as you possibly can be. Whether it’s blankets in the car during winter or a spare change of clothes on vacation there are some things you don’t want to risk!
The same goes for injuries, and most of us have some of the stuff we need for those. A first aid kit is generally hiding out in everyone’s house, but that doesn’t usually include supplies for dental emergencies! It’s important to be ready for the unexpected when it comes to your teeth too!
What To Keep In Your Emergency Kit
There are some items you simply can’t be without when it comes to an emergency. We’re going to break them down for you right here!
When an injury first happens here’s what you need to take care of it.
- Rubber Gloves: preferably non-latex – you never know who you many need to treat. It very well could be family, friends, or one of your child’s play buddies. Be ready for blood and latex allergies.
- Cotton Gauze: this is the perfect material for cleaning up a wound. Gauze comes in small packages that keeps it sterile. Be sure you’re getting those so you know each sheet is clean.
- A Dental Mirror: not every injury is in an easy to see place, so be sure to have a dental mirror on hand. You can buy ones with flashlights built in, or you can opt to keep a small flashlight handy. It will make a big difference to have both!
- Alcohol Wipes: great at cleaning out an injured area and wiping away excess debris. Buy the individually packaged ones so you’re sure they’re clean.
- Salt: sterilizing an injury is important and salt does a great job. You can keep a small vial on hand to mix with some water for cleansing a wound and rinsing away infected tissue as well.
Stabilizing The Injury
Once you’ve identified the source and removed excess blood and tissue it’s time to stabilize the injury.
- Cotton Swabs: perfect for cleaning out tooth sockets, wiping up extra blood, and applying topical products. Be sure they’re kept in a container or bag that will keep them sterile and fresh.
- Cotton Balls: ideal for cushioning a wound, filling a tooth socket, and stopping other points of bleeding. Keep them packaged along with your cotton swabs so that you know they’re sterile.
- Floss: you can spend a bunch of time trying to find the floss in your medicine cabinet or you can keep some handy in your first aid kit. It’s good to have floss because of all the great ways it can clean and remove particles from between your teeth.
- Temporary Filling Material: fillings can and do fall out. If you’ve lost a filling for any reason this stuff is a great way to protect your teeth from further harm.
- Dental Wax: If an orthodontic wire is damaged, a bracket has hurt your cheek, or a tooth has fractured and left sharp points it’s important to protect yourself from further harm. Dental wax is soft and pliable so that you can cover the dangerous bit and prevent further harm to yourself.
- Vaseline: you might be surprised to learn that Vaseline is really good at reattaching crowns! Fill the crown with Vaseline and stick it back on for a temporary suction seal that will hold long enough for us to help permanently reattach it.
We always see same day emergencies, but you might want to ease the pain before you get to our Belleville office!
- Ibuprofen: make sure you have this on hand and not aspirin! Aspirin thins your blood, making clotting and recovery difficult.
- Cold Packs: we suggest keeping some of the one use chemically activated ones on hand. The last thing you want to worry about is finding a cold pack or realizing there isn’t one in the freezer!
- Topical anesthetic: you can numb damaged skin or sore gums with these products. Putting them on with a cotton swab is easy!
Don’t Panic: We Treat Emergencies
The most important part of reacting to an emergency is getting immediate care to relieve pain and prevent further damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth. At the office of Dr. Thomas J. Feder, DDS, we always make time to see our emergency patients the very same day of their accident.