It’s a pretty common occurrence to find a first aid kit in someone’s bathroom, tucked safely away beneath the sink until the unexpected happens. But for all the importance of the general first aid kit there’s a whole other kind of medical emergency that doesn’t get the same priority: dental emergencies.
Your mouth is pretty tough, but emergencies still happen. Just when you least expect it you’ll be experiencing some serious pain that you need immediate relief form. Without access to essential first aid equipment your. Experience may be far more painful than it needs to be. That’s the reason for today’s blog: we’re going to tell you exactly what to add to your first aid kit so dental emergencies are covered.
These are the things you need to react to an emergency situation.
- Rubber gloves are a must-have if you may be treating someone beside yourself. Make sure that your. Emergency kit includes some non-latex gloves too: you don’t want to make the situation worse!
- Alcohol wipes are perfect for the initial cleaning of the wound. They’ll help you wipe away bacteria and dirt that can make the injury worse, and will help you get a clear look at the damage.
- A dental mirror is essential: not every injury is in a nice, easy-to-see spot! For added effect get one with a light built in. If you can’t find one of those be sure to keep a small flashlight handy.
Once you’ve handled the immediate problems it’s time to address the injury.
- Cotton swabs can help you further clean a wound, remove dirt, and clean out a tooth socket. Make sure you keep them clean, preferably in a plastic bag or closed container.
- Cotton balls are great at controlling bleeding and protecting sensitive soft tissue. These should be kept clean as well!
- Topical anesthetic comes in a gel form and can be applied with the finger or a cotton swab. This can go a long way toward making you feel better, but it doesn’t last too long. Keep the tube handy!
- Temporary filling material can be used to protect a tooth and relieve sensitivity from a lost filling. It can be purchased at most drugstores and comes in a paste-like form.
- Vaseline is our choice for a good material to temporarily replace crowns and bridges that have come off. It forms a decently strong seal and is much easier to remove than temporary adhesive. Simply fill the crown with it and stick it back in place!
- Dental wax protects your teeth from damaged orthodontics, sharply fractured teeth, and any other dangerous spots in your mouth. It is available at most drugstores and is an essential part of your kit.
- Salt can be used to clean the wound and your mouth. Make sure you keep some for mixing in water. It might burn a bit when you flush your mouth out, but it’s doing that because it’s killing bacteria!
We’ll always try to see you immediately when you come to our Panama City dentist office, but between your accident and your visit you can still do things to relieve the pain and discomfort you’re feeling.
- Cold compresses can relieve swelling and pain, so keep a few handy. We recommend the fast-acting disposable kind rather than a freezer one. You don’t want to be digging around the refrigerator or regretting not cooling your cold pack when an emergency happens.
- Ibuprofen is the ideal pain reliever for emergencies. Avoid keeping aspirin in your kit: it thins your blood and can make it hard to stop bleeding.
- A card with Panama City Smiles’ Phone Number is a final essential part of your kit. Don’t scramble to call us when you can keep an easy-to-find card around. You can reach us day or night by calling our office at (850) 588-0185!
Emergencies Don’t Have To Be Chaos!
When a dental emergency surprises you there’s no need for panic or fear. Simply open up your kit, provide first aid, and call our office right away. We’ll always try to treat you the same day you call and we’re always available to provide help!
Don’t delay calling us during an emergency: dial (850) 588-0185 and we’ll make sure you get the care you need! For non-emergency needs you can request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you!