Handy Items to Keep in Your First Aid Kit for Oral Emergencies

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.

4 Ways to Care for Baby Teeth

Our team at Gill Family Dentistry wants to help you take care of your child’s teeth so your child can grow into the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile they deserve. So, we recommend doing the following things:

· Before your baby’s teeth even grow into place, wash their gums daily with a moist gauze pad or washcloth. This will help eliminate the plaque from the smile and further prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
· Once the teeth grow in, brush them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. However, you only need to brush with a small amount of toothpaste—about the size of a small grain of rice.
· Between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, add a little more toothpaste so it’s about the size of a pea. You can let them brush on their own, but please supervise as they do so. We also ask that you keep your children from swallowing the toothpaste.
· When two teeth grow in next to each other, make sure to floss between those teeth at least once a day. You can use a flossing product of your choice to do so.

For more information about how to take care of your child’s teeth, we encourage you to call (209) 549-1721 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Amandeep S Gill. We care about you, your child, and both of your smiles, so please remember that you can always call our office and ask us any questions if you need. We look forward to helping you!