DIY Dental First Aid Kit - Be Ready for a Dental Emergency
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? Do you have any other product suggestions for this dental first aid kit? Leave them in the comments. And remember - if you are in severe pain call your dentist!