An injury can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of your body. Even though it is impossible to prevent every oral emergency, you should still keep few simple items in your first aid kit, to help manage these problems when they happen.
Waxed dental floss is a very common tool for many oral emergencies. The waxy coating makes it easy for the strand to slide between teeth or into the gum line to free a foreign object. A floss threader is also handy as it lets you work at the object from a different angle.
If one of your teeth is knocked out there is a chance that your dentist might be able to implant it back into the socket. To have any chance of doing this, the tooth needs to be kept alive. While you can do this by holding it in your mouth between cheek and gums. there are also tooth preservation products that do a better job. Most come in the form of a can containing a nourishing gel, you simply put the tooth in the can and seal it tight.
Keeping a few salt packets and a plastic cup in your first aid kit can help you prepare a salt water rinse quickly. This can help clear the mouth of blood and debris, while also soothing injured tissues. You should not keep antiseptic mouthwash in the kit, as it can actually irritate an injury.
Many oral injuries come with a little swelling. Keeping a few zip-top bags and a washcloth in your kit can help to improvise a cold compress. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.
If you have questions about what items to consider for your oral emergency first aid kit, please call us at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment.