During the current COVID-19 Pandemic and the suspension of preventative dental care, it can be useful to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared for any dental need, and you can ensure their comfort and safety temporarily while you schedule an urgent visit with the dentist. For those unexpected moments between the injury and the dentist office, you may find a dental emergency kit useful in making your loved one comfortable while engaging professional care as quickly as possible. Here are some helpful must haves for your dental emergency kit.

Basic Items

You’ll need easy items for immediate cleaning of any injury or wound. Some foundational first aid items will be helpful, things like:

• Gloves to protect from contamination.
• Alcohol wipes and Sanitizer to keep things clean and safe.
• Salt and bottled water for a quick Salt water rinse to safely clean the wound.
• Floss for easy removal of any foreign objects
• Dental Mirror to see the affected area.

Urgent First Aid Items

There are a variety of items that will also be useful in a dental emergency kit:

• Cotton Swabs and Cotton balls for applying analgesic.
• Dental Wax to cover any rough or sharp edges to protect the soft tissues of the mouth while waiting to see the dentist
• Temporary filling material to protect any areas that are exposed while waiting to see the dentist, and to prevent sensitivity or exposure to bacteria.
• Vaseline, which can be useful in creating a quick seal to reattach a crown temporarily while en route to the dentist.

Pain Relief Items

Pain relief is also an important consideration to keep your loved one comfortable until you can get qualified dental care:

• Ibuprofen for quick strong pain relief.
• Topical analgesic for soft tissue pain or damage. Clove oil in a carrier oil like olive or almond is a natural alternative to the more conventional oral analgesic gel. But the analgesic gel is a reliable standby.
• Cold/Hot compress, to reduce inflammation and ease pain. For urgent needs disposable compresses that can be activated quickly can be helpful and handy.

While a dental emergency kit can be helpful in responding to an urgent dental care need, it should not replace professional dental care, but should act as a quick response while en route to a qualified professional. If you have any urgent dental needs, call your dentist immediately to make a plan, determine the best way to support your loved one and care for their needs, and get an appointment scheduled to care for their needs in a safe and healthy fashion.

If you need to consult with a dentist during this time about your current dental care needs, call our Dr. Stephanie Mullins DDS in Lee's Summit, MO to talk with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.