On the value of an emergency dental Kit
By Joseph Parish
Recent trends on the internet survival and preparedness groups today seem to center upon natural disaster preparedness packages or pandemic emergency supply kits, however one hears very little concerning emergency dental supply kits.
For your own piece of mind it is important that you understand what dental emergency items you should be maintaining. Naturally, by merely taking proper care of our mouth and teeth and seeking regular professional dental care we often tend to minimize the amount of dental emergencies one would experience. Unfortunately, in times of crisis these situations could quickly change. You family dental care specialist may not be readily available and in order to care for yourself and your family you would need to accumulate specific tools and supplies.
The primary point that you should always be aware off in any dental emergency is that your first course of action should be to prevent any increase in infection resulting from touching your mouth or gum areas. When dealing with your mouth make generous use of hand sanitizer to kill germs prior to touching any area in or about your mouth. Always were plastic gloves as well for added protection.
Some dental emergencies may require a few special tools in order to complete the job successfully. These tools include a pair of stainless steel tweezers specifically designed for dental work, an adjustable dental mirror, a dental probe, syringe, a small empty plastic squeeze bottle, a good pair of hemostats, plastic gloves and a small flashlight. I usually keep all these tools together in a dental emergency pouch which is usually close to my first aid kit.
You will need to pay your local pharmacy a visit in order to obtain a few needed supplies in the event that you or a family member develops any emergency dental problems. I have taken the liberty to include a short list of the supplies which I include in my personal dental emergency kit. They are as follows:
Oil of Clove
Small cotton balls
Tempanol Dental First Aid Kit
Tempanol Temporary Cap and Crown Cement
I will go into short details on several of the listed items above. Tempanol is an over the counter remedy that will enable you to correct a loose or loose filling. You can pick up some orthodontic wax for this over the counter as well. One such brand named item is known as Cavit.
Usually a patient who has developed a dental problem will have some sort of fever and possibly a huge amount of pain. Therefore you may wish to include a bottle of an over the counter extra strength pain reliever. Orajel should also be present in your dental kit. I have previously written on the benefits and uses of clove oil for emergency dental kits. Pure clove oil can be obtained from the cooking section of many well stocked craft stores. They come in small glass bottles which fit comfortably into any size kit. They are frequently used in the baking of cakes and cookies. You will find the clove oil is great for stopping the pain associated with dental emergencies. Include a good supply of cotton balls or pellets if they are available. These cotton products make it much easier to place medications, etc directly onto the ailing tooth.
Lastly, no amount of equipment and supplies can help you if you do not have the knowledge to do the job properly. I would recommend several good books on dental procedures such as “Where there is no Dentist“ by Murray Dickson and the U.S. Army medical series books on dental care.
Creating your dental emergency kit often proves to be a great benefit when no dental help is available. This kit of course is recommended only as a temporary fix until the services of ac dentist can be obtained. I have included PDF downloads for the many publications that you may find useful to proper treat dental problems:
* Dental - Essentials of Dental Radiography and Radiology - E. Whaites (Removed at request of publisher)
Copyright @2009 Joseph Parish
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