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Oral accidents and dental emergencies can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of your body. When they happen, providing quality first aid can help manage pain and improve your long-term treatment success. To aid in this cause, your dentist, Dr. Wendy McCurdy, recommends stocking your first-aid kit with some basic 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 the foreign object from a different angle.

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

Having 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 also 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 further questions about how to better prepare for oral emergencies in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, you can always call 601-583-2000 to speak with a member of our Smile Time Family Dentistry staff.