Keep a Dental Emergency Kit On Hand
A dental emergency occurs whenever something causes your mouth not to function properly. To help protect your smile, we recommend keeping a dental emergency kit stocked and easily accessible.
If you have an urgent dental need, Dr. Ashish Vakharia, Dr. Amit Patel, and the Parkway Dental team will see you the same day if at all possible. Just call our Snellville, GA dentist office at 770-676-1122 and we will get you in as soon as possible so you can get pain relief and smile-saving care! To help prevent dental crises, take advantage of preventive care with our general dentistry services.
Proper first aid when an emergency arises could mean the difference between saving a tooth and losing it. Below are items we recommend to keep in your emergency kit.
Maintain Your Emergency Kit With These Items
Many of the items needed for your emergency kit are the same items that you would stock in a regular first aid kit. However, there are some items on the list you may need to get if you don’t already have them on hand.
Putting on a good pair of gloves before doing anything inside anyone’s mouth can go a long way toward preventing infection – especially in you’re in an area where hand-washing may not be possible. Nitrile gloves are a better option, as a significant number of people have latex allergies.
Cotton Balls, Gauze, & Cotton Swabs
Cotton swabs are great for gentle wound cleaning, while cotton balls and gauze will help stop bleeding and protect an injured area. Cotton swabs and balls are also useful for applying medicines such as benzocaine.
Ice packs are essential to help reduce swelling and pain when a dental emergency strikes. Get the kind that can be activated on the spot and put a couple of them in your kit. As a backup, you can keep traditional ice packs in your freezer at home.
Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
Stock your kit with several doses each of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. These OTC pain relievers help reduce swelling as well as pain. Be sure to follow the directions on the package when taking.
You may not think of dental floss as an emergency item, however, it can come in handy if you have something lodged in your teeth in a hard-to-reach area. You can often pick up trial size floss at pharmacies and big-box stores.
Saline solution is helpful to rinse out your mouth and help prevent infection. In a pinch, you can use warm water with a little salt added.
Benzocaine is a primary numbing agent found in many oral pain relief gels. It begins working immediately when applied and will help to reduce pain. Always follow the directions on the package.
Disposable Dental Mirror
An angled mirror can help you see tight spaces inside a mouth. You can find these online and in some pharmacies.
Small LED Flashlight
A flashlight will help tremendously to see what is going on inside a mouth. A small, disposable LED will last a long time and not take up much room in your kit.
Keep these items handy in your dental emergency kit. Remember, if you have a dental crisis, call us as soon as possible at 770-676-1122. You will get quick pain relief and care to keep your smile intact!