If you knew when an emergency was going to happen, it wouldn’t be an emergency. Dealing with the unforeseen is just a part of life. This is true for everything. You may take extra good care of your car, wash it every day, always keep up on the maintenance, and nobody is a safer driver than you are. You stop and railroad crossings, always signal well before changing lanes, and never go over the speed limit.
Yet, you can still get rear ended at a red light by some teenager texting while driving. Your fender can get dinged in a parking lot by a rogue grocery cart a careless shopper let roll away. Your car can get towed because some vandal tore down the No Parking sign.
There’s not much you can do to prevent these situations, but you can be prepared to deal with them. You pay your insurance premiums. You keep some money in savings. You always make sure your cell phone is charged, so you can call for a ride. Preparation is the key to not letting emergencies do more damage than they have to.
The same is true for dental emergencies, and here at Advanced Dental of Las Cruces, we want to help you be prepared for injuries and accidents involving your teeth, gums, and mouth. Since you don’t know when a stranger’s Frisbee might fly out of nowhere and whack you in the mouth, or when your great-aunt’s peanut butter fudge might have a walnut shell in it, or your two year old might try to get a cheap laugh by tripping you on the stairs, being prepared with a dental emergency kit is the best way to make sure an emergency doesn’t turn into a catastrophe.
Your Dental Emergency Kit
Very much like a first aid kit, your dental emergency kit should contain medical supplies that will come in handy if you sustain an injury to your mouth. Ideally, you should have several of these. Place them where they will be most useful: the kitchen, the car, your gym bag, anywhere you could imagine having an accident, and a couple places you couldn’t. It is better to have a dental emergency kit on hand and not need it than to need one and not have it.
Here is a list of things you should consider putting in your dental emergency kit:
Sterile Gauze – A mainstay in any medical emergency kit, sterile gauze are a must because they are so versatile. Since bleed often accompanies a dental injury, you can make a compress by moistening some gauze. Apply pressure to the injury for at least fifteen minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, a trip to the ER may be in order.
Tweezers – The most common dental injury is probably a broken or knocked out tooth. Assuming you can find the fragment or the dislodged tooth, it is better not to handle it with your bare hands, and never touch the root of a tooth. The root is not as well protected as the crown, so it is much more vulnerable to damage.
A Small Container – You will need something to put your broken or dislodged tooth in, so a small container is a must for your dental emergency kit. Make sure it is something that can hold liquid because you need to soak a tooth in milk to keep it healthy until you reach our office in Las Cruces.
Pain Relievers – Pain is almost a certainty when it comes to a dental emergency, and it is hard to remain calm and make wise decisions if you are distracted by pain. Keep some pain relievers in your kit to deal with this situation. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are your best choices. It is wise to avoid aspirin in emergency since bleeding is common, and aspirin is a blood thinner.
Emergency Contact Numbers – The last thing you want in an emergency it to be scrambling around for important phone numbers. To avoid this, keep a small card with our number, 575-680-1037, on it, as well as the number of anyone you would like to be contacted in case of an emergency.
Call Advanced Dental of Las Cruces to schedule a same day appointment in case of a dental emergency.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how to put together a dental emergency kit.