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How to Put Together a Dental Emergency Kit

August 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — myavenue @ 3:46 pm
tooth next to a first-aid case for a dental emergency kit

You never know if or when it’ll happen to you. You may be at your child’s soccer game, at work, or out and about when suddenly—a dental emergency occurs. Just as it’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit in your car and at home, you should consider having a dental emergency kit, just in case you need to do triage in the situation. But where do you start with putting together this kit? What supplies need to go in it? Read on to find out!

Cotton Swabs

The oral cavity isn’t a large space, and having small cotton swabs available is convenient in several kinds of dental emergencies. These swabs can be used to clean a specific area or be used as an applicator for petroleum jelly or a dental crown.

Cotton Balls or Gauze

Dental injuries often come with some amount of bleeding, and clean cotton gauze or balls can help you control it. Oral bleeding generally ceases within 10 minutes, but if it continues, you should seek help.

Dental Floss

If you ever get something stuck between your teeth, some dental floss will come in handy. You can try to dislodge the bit of food or the object with the floss, but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to contact your dentist right away.

Alcohol Wipes

Before you touch anything inside the mouth, make sure your hands are clean. If the mouth needs to be cleaned as well, you may be able to disinfect the area.

Latex or Vinyl Gloves

Are you helping someone else with their dental emergency? In addition to washing your hands before and after touching their mouth, you’ll want to have gloves to prevent passing germs between you.

Dental Mirror

A dental mirror allows you to see angles of teeth that you normally can’t. Getting this new perspective can help you see the problem tooth more clearly and get an idea of what could be wrong.

Dental Wax

For emergencies involving braces or a broken, sharp tooth, dental wax can keep the wire or edge from cutting your cheek, tongue, or other soft tissues.  

Petroleum Jelly

Did you know that petroleum jelly can serve as a temporary seal for dental crowns that have come out of place? Just a dab can help you keep the crown in position until you get to the dentist’s office.


When combined with water, salt can act as a cleanser for your mouth, which is particularly useful if you are trying to reposition a knocked-out tooth or you are experiencing bleeding in your mouth. If you don’t have access to milk, salt water can also hold your knocked out tooth until you get to the dentist’s office.

Cold Compress

Some dental emergencies come with facial swelling. A cold compress can reduce the inflammation as well as relieve some of your pain.

Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever

Until you are able to see your dentist, there’s no reason for you to be miserable with excruciating pain. OTC pain reliever can diminish your discomfort if you must wait for your emergency visit.

Although you can hope to never need a dental emergency kit, you may encounter trouble. It is worth being prepared for these kinds of scenarios so you can do everything possible to save your smile.

About the Practice

At Avenue Dental, we have the great privilege of having two experienced, compassionate dentists on staff. In addition to her work in the office, Dr. Joyce Wong has volunteered with Texas Mission of Mercy, St. Vincent de Paul Society’s “Access to Care” program, Capital Area Dental Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation. Dr. Stella Caballero has also given her time and talents to community dental clinics for those who can’t afford necessary dental care. If you experience a dental emergency and need help, you can contact Avenue Dental through our website or by calling one of our two office locations.

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