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How to Make an Emergency Dental First Aid Kit

Most households have a first aid kit readily available in case of an emergency, but what about a first aid dental kit? Most children and adults engage in a variety of enjoyable activities that may result in dental injuries. It is always a good idea to keep dental emergency information, such as your dentist's phone numbers, on hand in case you or a family member suffers from tooth trauma.

Furthermore, an on-the-go dental first aid kit and dental emergency information can help in the event of a minor dental injury, keeping you safe until you can visit the dental office. Whether you have a broken or loose tooth, or you have lost your tooth filling, your emergency first aid dental kit should have everything you need.

Making an Emergency Dental Kit

Every piece of dental equipment or medication in your emergency first aid dental kit should come with instructions. This way, if you or a family member needs to use something in the kit but doesn't know how, reading the instructions will make it surprisingly simple. So, on a piece of paper or index cards, write out the instructions for each item in your emergency dental kit. The instructions for these items can be found on the internet.

On the other hand, some people believe that getting proper advice from a dentist about what to include in an emergency dental kit is beneficial. An emergency dental kit can be customized to accommodate specific orthodontic devices, dentures, and so on.

The Benefit of an Emergency Dental Kit

Consider the following scenario: You or a family member injures their gums, tongue, or teeth while playing around at home. You're a long way from a dentist in case of an emergency. Your primary dentist is preoccupied with urgent patients or is even on vacation. As a result, if you do not have an emergency dental kit with instructions, you may be unable to do much about the situation. Your kit's equipment and dental tools can help to stop the bleeding, reduce pain, and keep the injured person as comfortable as possible while they wait to see the dentist.

Putting Your Kit Together

  • A cotton ball or other piece of cotton. This can be used if your braces or dentures are causing irritation. For example, if you have an irritated area of your mouth, you can use cotton to create a barrier between the infected area and the wire of your braces.
  • Bee wands (or wax given by orthodontists). Wax is excellent for masking the sharp edges of wires and other orthodontic bands.
  • It's a teabag. Tea bags are excellent for reducing bleeding after oral surgery. According to research, bags containing tea from the plant camellia sinensis are superior to herbal tea for this purpose. If you bite your lip, cheek, or tongue, tea bags may be soothing.
  • Orabase, also known as Orabase B, is a paste used to treat canker sores and sore mouths.
  • Paste for denture adhesive. Even if you don't have dentures, you can use this. For example, in addition to securing dentures, it can be used to temporarily secure a missing cap or bridge.
  • Filling material used temporarily. This substance is superior to wax and can be used to replace a filling temporarily if it falls out or breaks.
  • Toothache subsides. These are similar to eye drops for your teeth and can be purchased at your local store. When applied directly to the tooth, they provide temporary relief from toothache.
  • Plaque removers with stimudent. These tooth picks are specifically designed to assist in the removal of plaque and foreign objects that may become lodged between teeth.
  • A Benzocaine-containing topical anesthetic. This can help with denture sores, gum irritation, cold sores/canker sores/fever blisters, and sores from biting your lip, tongue, or cheek.
  • Packets of table salt. If rinsing is required, these can be useful because salt water helps clean out wounds.
  • Use a clean cloth as a compress for bleeding.
  • Wrap a knocked-out tooth in gauze.

First Aid Kit for Dentures

  • Commercial denture cleaning powder.
  • Denture adhesive or denture pads are both options.
  • Denture glue can be removed with nail polish remover.
  • If the adhesive becomes improperly sealed, use rubbing alcohol to soften it.
  • Super glue can be used to repair a broken denture base or to replace a denture tooth that has fallen out of place.

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