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Oral trauma and dental damage can be caused by a wide range of things. While cutting back on bad habits like chewing on desktop utensils, and using your teeth as tools can certainly help, you can never fully prevent oral trauma from befalling you or a loved one.

Stocking a few basic oral care items in all your first aid kits can help you will be better prepared for a bad situation.

Waxed dental floss is the very first item to stock in each of your first-aid kits. It can be a very helpful tool for removing food particles or foreign objects from between teeth or the gumline. The special coating can help insert the strand to reduce the chances of injuring your gums. You might also want to include a small floss threader in the kit.

A severe dental trauma where a tooth is knocked out, shattered or fractured at the gumline often calls for emergency dental care from an experienced dentist like Dr. John Theriot.

In some cases, it might be possible for him to implant the tooth back into the socket, if it is intact and still alive. While you can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your tongue and cheek of using one of the tooth-perseveration products sold in stores. This is a simple canister containing a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution that can help nourish the tooth’s living cells.

Stocking simple salt packets and a plastic cup in your first-aid kit can also help you improvise a quick. saltwater rinse. This can help clear blood and debris from your mouth while also helping to soothe injured tissues. Topical oral analgesic can be rubbed onto your gums to partially numb the area for a short time.

If you live in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area and you have suffered an oral trauma, you should call 337-347-7210 to seek treatment from the specialists at Theriot Family Dental Care.