What are you supposed to do when a dental emergency happens? Should you perform first aid? Run and call 911? Head to the dentist? These are all important things to know, especially if you have a home with children in it.
Dental emergencies can be disasters if you’re not prepared. At Pioneer Dental Group we recommend keeping a well-stocked first aid kit handy so that you can address anything that might happen. From a backyard play injury to a knocked out crown, there’s supplies to handle any situation!
What To Keep In Your First Aid Kit
When the unthinkable happens you want to be ready to determine the problem and perform first aid. We offer same-day emergency care at our Oregon City dentist office, but you’re probably going to need to take a few immediate steps before you come in. In those cases it pays to have the following supplies on hand.
For Immediate Treatment
When an accident happens the most important thing you can do is identify it and stop any bleeding that might be going on. If the area has been exposed to dirt or other contaminates you also need to be able to clean it. These supplies will have you well on your way.
- Rubber gloves are a must. You never know who you might have to treat, so be sure they’re non-latex as well. There wouldn’t be anything worse than causing an allergic reaction while you’re trying to help!
- A dental mirror can make identifying injuries a lot easier. It can be hard to see into some of the deeper parts of the mouth! Have a small pen light in your kit as well – it can be pretty dark in there.
- Cotton swabs are ideal for cleaning the area around a wound. You can get a clearer picture of how bad an injury is if you’re able to wipe away fine amounts of blood. Be sure that you keep swabs in a sealed container so that they’re as clean as possible.
- Cotton balls are great for cleaning up excess blood as well as cushioning a wound. Like the swabs, be sure these are in a sealed container or bag as well.
- Alcohol wipes can sterilize an area, which is important if any dirt has entered the wound.
- Salt can be mixed with water to make a good sterilizing rinse. Keep a small vial handy so that you can make salt water without having to search around for more.
Controlling The Injury And Relieving Pain
No matter how fast we can get you in there are some steps you’ll want to take to ensure that the injury doesn’t get worse or make your patient completely miserable. Have these items on hand to keep things under control.
- Ibuprofen in perfect for controlling pain in dental wounds. Don’t use aspirin of any kind – it thins the blood and can make it harder to form a clot.
- Temporary filling material comes in a small tube and can be squeezed into the hole in a tooth when a filling falls out. Try to recover the filling, but be sure that you don’t leave the tooth exposed any longer than you have to.
- Vaseline is great for reattaching crowns. Fill the inside of the crown with it and pop it back in place. The vaseline will create a nice suction seal that keeps it held in place long enough for you to get to our office.
- Dental wax is a must for broken orthodontic wires and fractured teeth. When a sharp point is left behind it can cause further injury, which can be prevented by placing a ball of wax over the point.
- Gauze can be used to pad an injury in place of cotton balls. Keep a roll in your kit along with balls and swabs.
- A cold compress can make all the difference for someone suffering from a toothache or abscess. We recommend getting some single-use chemically activated ones so that you don’t have to dig around in the freezer.
The Most Important Part Of An Emergency
Make sure there’s a card with our number in it right where you can find it without worrying. We’ll get you in to see us as soon as possible, but first you need to call!
If you have a dental emergency contact our Oregon City office at 503-388-4691. For non-emergency needs you can request an appointment by phone or you can fill out our appointment request form online. We look forward to helping you!