An emergency dental kit can save you a lot of pain and struggle if an issue arises with your smile. You may not think about dental emergencies like you would other health emergencies, but the fact is that they can happen at any time. The guide below will show you how to make a dental emergency kit so you can be ready at a moment’s notice.
Step 1 – Gather The Materials For Your Dental Emergency Kit
Every emergency dental kit is a little different. You need to think about problems that are most likely to occur in your family. For instance, it would not make any sense to store denture repair cream in your kit if no one in your home has dentures at this time. Some common tools in emergency dental kits include:
- Toothache Medicine
- Temporary Dental Cement
- Pain Medication
- Dental Wax
- Bottled Water
- Hand Sanitizer
- Dental Floss
You may need to add other components to your dental emergency kit, but those should give you a good place to start.
Step 2 – Make Your Dental Emergency Kit
You will need a container of some sort to put your emergency dental supplies in. This could be something as simple as a Tupperware container, as long as it can hold everything you need. If possible, try to get a small tool organizer, tackle box, or jewelry container to separate all of your tools into different compartments. If you don’t want to do any of that, get a quart sized freezer bag with a good zipper to put everything in.
Step 3 – Store Your Kit For Your Next Dental Emergency
Add a label to your emergency dental kit so you can easily find it in the future. If you think you will have trouble using the tools in the kit when the time comes, put a cheat sheet on the inside off your container’s lid that you can read over quickly. Store the kit in an area that is easy to access from all areas of your home, and you will be completely set in times of need. You may also consider putting one in your car in case you experienced a dental emergency at the park or at another outdoor event.
When To Use Your Dental Emergency Kit
If someone in your family falls, gets hit, or experiences a facial injury of any kind, you should bring out your dental emergency kit to avoid further damage to the person’s smile. If the injuries are severe enough, you should contact an emergency dentist to get the problem taken care of right away. Your emergency kit will help you numb the pain and prevent extensive damage, but it may not be enough to completely fix the injury. Use your best judgment to determine when to use your dental emergency kit and when to see a dentist about your oral injuries.