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Why You Need a Dental Emergency Kit

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Do you know what to do if you crack a tooth while on vacation? What if one or more of your teeth is knocked out during your weekly backyard football game? What if you awake in the middle of the night with the world's worst toothache? How you handle these dental emergencies can greatly affect the beauty of your smile and even your long-term health. That is why it is important for everyone to create their own dental emergency kit. This dental emergency kit is a must for anyone who is travelling — either for business or for pleasure — but it is a good idea to keep such an emergency kit at home or in the car as well.

Your dental emergency kit does not have to be elaborate or expensive. Simply keeping a few simple supplies in a bag or box will help you prepare for the unexpected lost crown, cracked tooth or sudden toothache. Some of the items you may want to include in your dental emergency kit include the following.

A small denture cup

A knocked-out tooth is one of the most common dental emergencies, and it is important to deal with this situation the right way. If the tooth is properly cared for, the dentist may be able to reattach it. Keeping a clean container on hand can help you keep the tooth safe on the way to the dentist.

Cotton balls and cotton swabs

Keeping a couple of cotton swabs and cotton balls in your emergency kit will give you an easy way to apply topical pain relievers and other over the counter medications.

Dental filler material and dental adhesives

Filling your dental emergency kit with adhesives and filler material will help you deal with simple problems like a lost crown, loose cap or chipped tooth. Just keep in mind that these are only temporary repairs — and that you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Pain relievers

Dental emergencies are often accompanied by lots of pain, and that is why it is so important for your dental emergency kit to contain lots of pain relievers. Be sure to include both topical analgesics and oral pain medication in your home and travel kits.

A dental mirror

A dental mirror can really come in handy when you crack a tooth or experience a sudden toothache. By holding the mirror and checking your teeth, you can quickly isolate which tooth is causing the problem, and that can help your dentist as well. If you wear dentures, you may also want to include a simple denture repair kit, including a special adhesive that is designed to hold broken dentures together temporarily or secure a loose tooth.