Do you have a first-aid kit at home? Most people will answer ‘yes’ to this question. Now, do you have a dental first aid kit? Well, if you don’t, get one today. Here is what you need to have in this kit and why this kit is essential.
Why are dental first aid kits important?
A dental first aid kit is important because it contains essential items that can be used to provide immediate relief for a dental emergency. This includes a knocked-out tooth, a broken tooth, or a toothache. It can also help prevent further damage or infection until you schedule an emergency dentist appointment. Having a dental first aid kit at home, in the car, and at the office can be helpful when you cannot immediately run to a dental clinic.
Dental first aid essentials
Some essentials you should consider in your dental first aid kit are Latex-free gloves, gauze pads and cotton balls, saline solution, dental floss, and a dental mirror. Also, keep an ice gel pack, dental tweezers, dental wax, and a tooth preservation kit.
Keep a list of emergency dental contact information in your dental first aid kit. This will help caregivers contact the right people in case of a dental emergency with your family or colleagues in your absence.
It is also recommended to keep your dental first aid kit in a clean, dry, and easily accessible location. Regularly check and restock its contents as needed.
When to visit an emergency dentist
Visit the emergency dentist immediately if you find yourself in any of these scenarios:
Bleeding gums or teeth are disturbing. If you have excessive bleeding in your mouth, drop everything else, and rush to the dentist.
Persistent or sharp tooth pain should not be treated lightly. If you or any of your family member is facing this, please go to your nearby dental emergency clinic.
Broken, chipped, or knocked-out tooth
Anyone can suffer from dental trauma. It could be inside your home while you are trying to eat something hard or on the road in an accident. However small you may feel the damage is, there could be internal issues that you cannot see. It is best to visit your dentist immediately in case of a tooth breakage or chip.
A broken filling is a common problem many people face. It is also an issue that many procrastinate on. Ignoring a fractured filling can lead to permanent loss of your teeth. Hence, it is best to consult your dentist at the earliest.
Call your nearest emergency center if you or someone in front of you has suffered head trauma or face/neck/head injury. Irrespective of how ‘okay’ you may feel, trauma and injury should not be taken lightly.
It’s important to note that first-aid is only a temporary solution. It is not a substitute for professional dental care. If you experience a dental emergency, seeing a dentist at the earliest for proper diagnosis and treatment is essential.