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Oral traumas, dental accidents and emergencies can happen to anyone, regardless of how careful you try to be. While you can never completely prevent one from befalling you or a family member, you can stock your first-aid kits with oral hygiene items so you can be prepared for when one occurs.

Waxed dental floss is the very first item to consider stocking. It can be a very helpful tool for removing food particles or foreign objects from between teeth or along the gumline. The waxy coating makes it easier to insert the strand and reduces the chances of injuring your gums. You might want to also consider keeping a floss threader in the kit. This will allow you to work around foreign object from a different angle.

If a tooth is knocked out, Dr. Brent Huckabay might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, this is only possible if it is intact and still alive. While you can keep the tooth living by holding it between your tongue and cheek, the tooth-perseveration products sold in stores will do an even better job!

Keeping salt packets and a plastic cup on hand will allow you quickly prepare a saltwater rinse. This can help clear blood and debris from your mouth and help soothe injured tissues. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.

Many oral injuries have some swelling associated with them. Keeping a few zip-top bags and a washcloth in your first-aid kit can help you improvise a cold compress.

If you have questions about how to provide quality first aid for oral accidents or dental trauma in Midland, Texas, you can always call 432-684-6672 to speak to the staff at Brent Huckabay D.D.S..