Dental trauma and other oral emergencies can be distressing and cause significant pain. In many of these situations keeping a cool head can help you apply the best first-aid measures while seeking professional care.
To aid in this effort you might want to consider stocking all your first aid kits with some simple oral care items. If an oral emergency does befall you or a loved one you will be better prepared for the situation.
Waxed dental floss is the very first item to stock in each of your first-aid kits. It can be a very helpful tool for removing food particles or foreign objects from between teeth or the gumline. The special coating can help insert the strand to reduce the chances of injuring your gums. You might also want to include a small floss threader in the kit.
A severe dental trauma, dental avulsion, or having a tooth knocked out certainly require timely first aid measures. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket, if it is intact and still alive. While you can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your tongue and cheek the tooth-perseveration products sold in stores are also handy.
Stocking simple salt packets and a plastic cup in your first-aid kit can also help you improvise a quick. saltwater rinse. This can help clear blood and debris from your mouth while also helping to soothe injured tissues. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.
Keeping a few zip-top bags and a washcloth in your first aid kit can help you improvise a cold compress to deal with any swelling.
If you have oral first aid questions and you live in the Union, New Jersey area, you can always call 908-688-1160 to seek advice or treatment at Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS.