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Your mouth is just as susceptible to injury and trauma as any other part of the body. At the same time, when an oral emergency does occur, it can often result in serious pain, complications and expense. To be better prepared in an oral emergency, you should stock all of your first-aid kits with the following oral hygiene items.

– Waxed dental floss is a very helpful tool for removing food particles or foreign objects from between teeth or along the gumline. The waxy coating allows the strand to slide between teeth easier than unwaxed floss. It could also be helpful to keep a floss threader in the kit. This will allow you to work around a foreign object from a different angle.

– If one of your teeth is knocked out, your dentist, Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen, might be able to implant it back into the socket. In order to do this, the knocked-out tooth needs to be whole and alive. Fortunately, there are tooth-preservation products that do an even better job of keeping teeth alive.

– Keeping salt packets and a plastic cups 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.

Should you have additional questions on how to be better prepared for oral emergencies in Houston, Texas, you can always dial 281-759-1277 to talk to someone at Smile Image Dentists. We are here to help you have a healthy, confident smile!