February 7, 2019
All of us may face the need for an emergency dentist in Reading eventually. In the meantime, having your own dental first aid kit on hand can make waiting to see the dentist a little easier. In some cases, it may even make a big difference in how things turn out. Here’s a look at 10 supplies no dental emergency kit should be without.
The Dental Emergency Top 10
Make sure your kit has these products at the ready in case you ever need them:
- Latex gloves. These are a must-have in any medical or dental emergency kit.
- A dental mirror. This is handy for seeing what’s going on inside the injured person’s mouth. You should choose a small mirror made with impact-resistant glass.
- Dental paste. This is sold under brand names such as Orabase®. It’s useful for treating problems like canker sores or mouth ulcers.
- Dental floss. Sometimes of the cause of a dental emergency is an object lodged between the teeth or elsewhere in the mouth. Floss string can be useful for removing the obstruction.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain reliever (NSAID). You’ll find this on the market under brand names like ibuprofen®. It serves two roles in an emergency. First, it relieves pain and discomfort. Second, it helps to counter inflammation. Remember to follow dosage instructions on the packaging.
- Clove oil. This is a classic topical remedy for tooth pain. As a substitute, you can also use an anesthetic such as Orajel®. The purpose of these products is to deaden the pain at the point of injury.
- A cold pack or icepack. Instant cold packs are the best option, as they require no freezing or refrigeration. Simply follow the directions to activate the product. Almost any source of cold will do in a pinch, including a few ice cubes in a plastic bag or a package of frozen produce.
- Cotton balls or gauze. These are useful for treating bleeding wounds, a common problem in emergency situation.
- A few pieces of sugar-free gum or candy. These are good to have on hand in cases of a lost dental filling. They can also be used to cover the jagged end of a broken tooth.
- A small container, such as an empty prescription medicine bottle. Broken or dislodged teeth are a common cause of dental emergencies. Use the container to hold the broken tooth or tooth fragments for possible reinsertion by a dentist in Reading.
What Should You Keep It All in?
Having all the emergency dental supplies you need will do you little good if you can’t find them. Here are some products that make good kit containers:
- A purpose-made first aid box. You’ll find these at most pharmacies. They have internal dividers for organizing your supplies.
- A fishing tackle box. These are also designed with organization in mind.
- A small pouch or bag. These products are cheap and easy to find online and at most mass retailers.
Having the right supplies on hand is always a good idea when the unexpected strikes. Start putting your dental emergency kit together today. You’ll thank yourself tomorrow.
About the Author
Dr. Gail Iebba has been a practicing dentist for over 30 years. She earned her DDS degree from Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Society (ADA). You can reach her office online or by calling (781) 954-5277.
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