Does Your Home Have an Oral First Aid Kit?
All homes should be equipped with an oral first aid kit, according
to Susan Calderbank, DMD. The kit should include a dental
mirror, dental floss, a toothbrush, sterile gauze, oral wound care
protectant, paraffin or dental wax, and an oxygenating oral
cleanser. Whereas the kit does not replace professional treatment,
items in the kit can be used to treat minor mouth irritations
as well as to help alleviate or control oral problems until the
patient can visit a dentist or physician. Dr. Calderbank offers the
following tips for handling certain common dental emergencies:
Object wedged between the teethTry to remove the
object with dental floss, and then rinse vigorously with water
to remove any particles. Do not try to remove the object with
a sharp or pointed instrument. If the object cannot be
removed, the patient should see a dentist.
Broken toothGently clean dirt or debris from the injured
area with an antiseptic oral cleanser. Place an ice pack or
cold compress on the face in the area of the injured tooth to
minimize swelling. If the tooth has a sharp edge, cover it
with paraffin (wax) to prevent lacerations to the gums or
cheek. See a dentist immediately.