Chances are you have a first aid kit in your home, but do you have an emergency dental kit? Dental emergencies can happen just as often as skin scrapes and broken bones. It is better to be prepared for oral health emergencies than suffer in severe pain when an accident comes up. The guide below will show you how to make a dental emergency kit so you can be ready when disaster strikes.
What you choose to keep in your dental emergency kit will depend on what you want to be prepared for. Some common components include:
- A bottle of water
- Toothache medicine (drops, gel, or shots)
- Temporary dental cement
- Hand sanitizer (or ethyl alcohol)
- Pain medication
- Dental wax (especially if you have braces)
- Floss and mild mouthwash
- Travel toothpaste
You can add other elements, like temporary toothbrushes or denture repair material, if you need to. The key here is to put enough supplies in your dental emergency kit to be ready for any situation that may come your way.
You can put your dental emergency supplies in any container you like. You could even put them all in a bag that you store inside your existing first aid kit. If you are going to put your kit in a separate container, try to get something made of hard plastic with at least one brightly colored site. Clearly label the front so that you or anyone else that comes into your home will know what this kit is when you/they see it.
Store your emergency dental kit in the same place you keep your first aid kit. This will most likely be in a centrally located bathroom that is easy to access from any point in your home. If you have more than one floor in your house, you might want to think about making one kit for each floor. This will come in handy when an emergency strikes upstairs.
Make sure that everyone in your home knows what the contents of the dental emergency kit are supposed to be used for. Show each family member where the kit is, and go over the components of it piece by piece. Train your babysitters to use the kit as well if you ever leave your children at home. The more prepared you are for oral health emergencies, the better off you will be in the end.
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