28 Jun DIY Dental First Aid Kit
While the most common dental problems can develop gradually, it is still a good idea to have a dental first aid kit on hand. If you have children, this is especially true as taking spills and getting bumps and bruises are one of life’s trials. You never know when an emergency will occur, but having a dental kit available in case of a dental emergency can help make the experience more comfortable until you can get to your dentist.
A dental emergency can bring even the strongest person to their knees, and you never know when an emergency may occur, so it’s best to always be prepared to handle dental emergencies. Check out our list of essential items that should be included in every DIY dental first aid kit.
1. Dental mirror and flashlight. To see in those hard to reach places.
2. Gauze pads. Good for controlling bleeding.
3. Tea bag. Can help stop bleeding when wet.
4. Pain relievers (acetaminophen or aspirin) to help relieve oral pain. Remember to only take as directed.
5. Ice pack. If a tooth is lost, using an ice pack can help reduce swelling.
6. Dental floss/toothpicks to help dislodge any food that could be causing pressure and/or pain.
7. Exam gloves (medical grade). You never want to reach in someone’s mouth with germy hands.
8. Antimicrobial skin wipes for sterilization.
9. Dental wax. This can be used for braces or to temporarily protect a broken tooth.
10. Dentemp can help you temporarily repair lost fillings and loose crowns and caps, and can also provide relief from pain.
11. Temporary cavity filling mixture. This can help keep your tooth protected until you can get to a dentist.
12. Hydrogen peroxide. Great for cleaning up blood and disinfecting wounds.
13. Baking soda or salt. Dissolve it in warm water and it becomes a soothing mouthwash.
14. Over the counter topical anesthetic (Orajel or Anbesol) for mouth pain relief.
15. The emergency telephone number for your dentist and for the nearest hospital.