- June 29, 2015
Hi, all! It is great to see you back for another installment of Holly Dental Care’s ongoing blog. Your interest in oral health care and dentistry suggest that you take your health and the health of your family very seriously. Protecting your teeth with healthy oral hygiene habits and wise food choices will go a long way in ensuring that you will have a beautiful and healthy set of natural teeth for years to come.
Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do to protect your oral health. Eventually, you have to go out into the world and subject your teeth to the dangers that is everyday life. Accidents can strike without warning at any time and any place, or else they would not be accidents. No matter how careful you are, you cannot account for the actions of others. For that reason, you need to be prepared in case of a dental emergency. You may not be able to prevent the unforeseeable from happening, but you can minimizes the damage by being prepared with a dental emergency kit.
You probably already have a first aid kit or two placed strategically around the house. Those are great to have, but they may not contain all the supplies necessary specifically for a dental emergency kit, although they will likely have some.
Sterile Gauze – By their nature, emergencies are unpredictable. So, you need supplies that are versatile and will come in handy in a variety of situations. Sterile gauze are just that. If you are bleeding from an injury to your gums or soft palate, then you can moisten some gauze and use them to stop the bleeding. Apply direct pressure for 15 minutes. If that doesn’t stop the bleeding, head to the ER. You may need a stitch or two.
You can also use the gauze to wrap up a knocked out tooth or a broken dental appliance, like dentures or an athletic mouthguard. Sterile gauze are a necessity for your dental emergency kit, so make sure you have plenty of them.
Tweezers – You need to be really careful when handling a piece of broken tooth or a dislodged tooth. A pair of tweezer will come in handy for those small pieces of tooth that are hard to get with your fingers. Plus, they allow you to minimize your tooth’s contact with your fingers, reducing the risks of contamination. Just be sure to pick the tooth up by the crown and never the root.
Pain Relievers – If you find yourself in a dental emergency, it is almost surely going to involve a certain level of pain. So, be sure to keep ibuprofen or acetaminophen around to manage the pain until you can get to our office for a solution.
A Small Container – Although wrapping your tooth in some gauze will work in a pinch, it is better to have a small plastic container, or at least, some resealable plastic bags. With a plastic container, you can soak your tooth in some milk to keep it healthy until you get to Holly Dental Care. Doing so will increase your chances of having the tooth completely restored.
Call Us Right Away
Be sure to keep the number to our office handy. Keep 877-321-1933 written on a card inside your dental emergency kit, that way no one has to go looking for it when the need arises.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how to react in a dental emergency.