Do you have a first aid kit at home or in your car? First aid kits come in handy in a smorgasbord of minor accidents including those that need professional care.
What many people do not normally have is a dental specific first aid kit. It’s very easy to put together and will come in handy if your kiddo competes in contact sports like Karate or Football.
Step 1: Gather ingredients:
- A cotton ball: It can soothe irritation from braces or dentures. Use the cotton as a barrier between the affected area and the braces wire.
- A tea bag: Tea bags work well in controlling bleeding. They also can soothe if you bite your lip, cheek or tongue.
- Orthodontia wax: It works well in covering sharp edges of wires or other orthodontic bands.
- Denture adhesive paste: This can come in handy even if you don’t have dentures. Denture adhesive can be used to temporarily secure a cap or bridge that has fallen out.
- Toothache drops. They provide temporary relief from a toothache when applied directly to the tooth.
- Temporary filling material. This substance works better than wax and can temporarily replace a filling.
- A topical anesthetic containing Benzocaine. This can provide temporary relief for denture sores, gum irritation, cold sores or sores from having bitten your lip, tongue, or cheek.
- Table salt packets. These can help in cleaning wounds.
- Clean cloth and gauze. These materials can be used as a compress for bleeding or to wrap a knocked out tooth.
Step 2: Find a closeable box and organize ingredients inside!
How easy was that? And remember – if you are in severe pain, call your dentist!