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An emergency is just as likely to happen in your mouth as it is any other part of your body. There are a few basic items you can keep in a kit that will help you manage oral emergencies when they happen.

For many dental emergencies waxed dental floss is very helpful. The waxy coating allows the floss to easily slide between teeth and work around the foreign objects and food particles.

A can of tooth preservation product helps preserve a knocked out tooth. The can contains a nourishing gel that can keep a tooth alive for a short period of time. With luck your dentist might be able to implant the tooth back into place.

A lukewarm salt water rinse can help to wash away blood and debris and to soothe gum tissues after a blow to the face. Keeping salt packets and a plastic cup in the kit will allow you to make a rinse without having to search for items in an emergency.

If a blow to the face it can cause swelling. A few zip-top bags and a washcloth can be used to make a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.

If you have questions about what products you should consider for your oral emergency first aid kit, please call us at 973-993-1979 to schedule an appointment.