Chances are that you have a few basic medical supplies on hand in case of an emergency, such as anti-bacterial ointment and bandages.  But did you know that dental emergencies are relatively common as well?

You may have some supplies in your medicine cabinet, such as cotton balls, cotton swabs, floss and small tweezers.  One tool that may be missing from your arsenal though, that can prove quite critical, is paraffin wax.

What Is Paraffin Wax?

Paraffin wax is most commonly used in candles.  It is a soft and pliable material that can be easily torn into small pieces.  It can be picked up at most local drug stores.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you chip or break a tooth, you should get to the dentist immediately.  If you cannot be seen right away, however, there are a few things you can do to prevent further issues.  First, rinse out your mouth with warm water to remove any debris.  Then, cover sharp edges with paraffin wax.  The wax will prevent your broken tooth from tearing the sensitive skin inside your mouth, thus preventing potential irritation or infections.  You can replace the paraffin wax as often as needed until you can finally get to your dentist’s office.

Problems With Braces

If you or your child has braces, you know that there are a multitude of potential problems that may arise.  One big problem that can occur is that the wires can break, poking the skin inside the mouth, causing irritation or lesions.

While a broken wire should be addressed as soon as possible, it may not always be possible to get to the office right away.  In order to prevent potential skin issues, you could attempt to bend the wire.  If this proves difficult or impossible, paraffin wax can then be used.  You can place a small piece over the broken parts of the wire to stop it from poking through the flesh.

A fully stocked medicine cabinet can help in the event of a variety of medical emergencies.  Potential dental issues should be accounted for.  While you may have gauze, cotton balls and floss, be sure to be fully prepared and stock up on some paraffin wax.

Please contact us if you have had a dental emergency.