Most people keep a first aid kit or basic medical supplies around to deal with minor injuries. Check your first aid supplies. Do you have the products you need to take care of a dental emergency? Unfortunately, many dental emergencies happen at the worst possible time. However, with a good dental emergency kit on hand, you can deal with the dental emergency until you can see the dentist. Here’s a look at five important dental essentials to have in your dental emergency kit.
1. Temporary Filling Product
One of the most common dental emergencies is a lost filling, and leaving the cavity exposed may allow food and bacteria to enter the open space. Start by rinsing the cavity with warm water to make sure you remove anything that may have fallen into the cavity. Use a temporary filling product, which you can find at a local drugstore, to fill the cavity. These products are designed to relieve pain, they come with an easy-to-use applicator, and they don’t require any mixing. Temporary filling products can also be used to replace a lost crown, inlay, or cap. It’s still important to see a dentist as quickly as possible, since the product only offers a temporary solution.
2. Oral Pain Relief Product
Never ignore tooth pain, since it could indicate an infection. However, oral pain relief products offer temporary pain relief while you’re waiting to contact your dentist. Multiple oral pain relief options are available, and clove oil is a natural pain reliever that may prove helpful. Never use powdered aspirin or other painkillers on your gums, since they may burn your gum tissue.
3. Emergency Denture Repair Kit
If you wear dentures, make sure you have a spare pair of dentures on hand in case your dentures crack or break. However, if you don’t have a spare pair, an emergency denture repair kit will come to the rescue. These kits are available at a local pharmacy and they include directions how to perform common denture repairs. Don’t expect the repairs to last for more than a few days, so you still need to see your dentist.
4. Dental Wax
Dental wax is especially important if you have braces. If you end up with broken braces or broken wires, the sharp wires can cut the inside of your mouth. Dental wax, available at most pharmacies, can be used to cover the sharp ends of the wires, protecting the soft tissue inside your mouth. In a pinch, dental wax can be used to cover the gap left by a lost filling if you don’t have a temporary filling product.
5. Tooth Saving Product
Losing a tooth is serious, and you need to protect and save the tooth if possible. The best option is to put the tooth back into the socket. However, if the tooth won’t go into the socket, you shouldn’t force it. Tooth saving products can be purchased at drugstores and they’re designed to protect the delicate fibers that bind the tooth to your jaw. When a tooth won’t go back in, place it in a tooth saving product and head to the dentist quickly.