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Dental damage and oral trauma can come from a wide variety of sources. While some of these injuries can be minor, a more severe situation could cause significant pain and it could require immediate professional treatment at Canton Dental Clinic.

While you can never completely stop an oral accident from befalling you, stocking your first-aid kit with some basic oral hygiene items can help you provide timely first aid.

Waxed dental floss is the very first item to put into your first-aid kit. It can be a very helpful tool for removing food particles or foreign objects from between your teeth or along the gumline. The waxed coating helps you easily insert the strand to reduce the chances of gum injury. You might want to also consider keeping a floss threader in the kit. This is a loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of dental floss around a foreign object or food particle that is stuck between two teeth.

In the case of a dental avulsion where a tooth is knocked out, Dr. Chris Freed 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 alive by holding it between your tongue and cheek, the tooth-perseveration products sold in stores can do an even better job!

It can also be very helpful to stock salt packets and a plastic cup in your first-aid kit. This will allow you to quickly prepare a saltwater rinse. This can help clear blood and debris from your mouth while helping soothe injured tissues. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.

Many cases of oral trauma have some swelling in the surrounding soft tissues. 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, you can always call 605-987-2721 to speak to the staff at Canton Dental Clinic.