Picture this: you’re enjoying a perfect day, then it happens – you bite down on a popcorn kernel and crack your tooth! It’s easy to panic and let this problem take over, however those who are prepared can remain calm, save their tooth, and get the help they need. Dental emergencies are always surprising but having a dental emergency kit at the ready with all the necessary items you need will save your smile. So what do you need to put in your kit? Read on to learn the answer.
The Guide for Your Dental Emergency Kit
Dental emergencies can never be 100% prevented, which is why it’s important that you’re prepared. The right items can help you get comfortable and even save your oral health before you’re able to see your dentist. Here’s what you’ll need to make the best dental emergency kit:
- Cotton swabs: Used to clean the areas or apply medicine.
- Cotton balls: Used to help control bleeding.
- Alcohol wipes: Perfect for cleaning and disinfecting the area.
- Cold compress: A great tool to numb pain and reduce swelling.
- Floss: An easy way to clean away and remove irritating food debris.
- Dental mirror: Many dental emergencies are difficult to see – a dental mirror will help you and others view the inside of your mouth.
- Latex gloves: Wear these to assist someone else (or for others to assist you).
- Dental cement: Found at your local drugstore, this temporary filling material can protect damaged teeth and repair lost or broken restorations.
- Salt: Combine with water to rinse out your mouth if your gums, tongue, or cheeks are injured.
How Can You Prevent Dental Emergencies?
While a dental emergency kit can literally save your smile, no one is ever itching to use it. Dental emergencies can never be completely avoided, but you can take these steps to lower your risk:
- Maintain a healthy, strong smile by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
- Use a nonalcoholic mouthwash to clean parts of your mouth that are difficult to reach.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings so they can catch small issues before they turn into emergencies.
- Avoid chewing on nonfood items and frozen foods like ice cubes.
- Don’t use your teeth for anything other than smiling and chewing (no opening packages or bottles)!
- Use a mouthguard during sports or physical activity.
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth during sleep.
Dental emergencies can’t be predicted, but your dental kit will come in handy if and when disaster strikes! Remember these tips to protect your oral health and stay smiling.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Tad Morgan is a dentist with decades of experience and over 1,000 hours of continuing education. He uses his extensive training to get patients out of pain with treatments like root canal therapy, custom-made dental crowns, and sedation dentistry. For any questions, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (903) 825-1112.