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Oral trauma and dental emergencies can be painful and costly. While it’s impossible to completely prevent one from happening to you or a loved one, there are things you can do to be prepared to provide quality first aid. To that end, Dr. Charles Anderson recommends adding the following items to your first-aid kits.

Waxed dental floss is a very helpful tool for removing food particles or foreign objects from between teeth or along the gumline. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide between teeth easier than unwaxed floss. You should also keep a floss threader in each first-aid kit. This will allow you to work around foreign objects from a different angle.

Dental avulsions, where a tooth is knocked out whole from the socket, might be viable for implantation, so long as the tooth is kept alive. Fortunately, there are tooth-preservation products that do a great job of keeping teeth alive.

Stocking salt packets and a plastic cup in the kit will allow you quickly prepare a saltwater rinse. This can help clear blood and debris from your mouth and also help soothe injured tissues. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.

Many oral injuries have some swelling associated with them. Keeping a few zip-top bags and a washcloth in your first-aid kit can help you quickly prepare a cold compress.  

If you have further questions about how to better prepare for oral emergencies in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, you can always call 843-884-2021 to speak with a member of staff at Anderson Dentistry - Mt Pleasant Dentist.