“Overland Journal Gear Guide 2015” Highly Recommends a Save-A-Tooth® Device in Every First Aid Kit," says Phoenix-Lazerus

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Following an extensive evaluation of over 50 first aid kits on the market, Overland Journal recommended the Save-A-Tooth® as an essential item for any first aid kit, regardless of price.

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Dr. Solberg ‘s final recommendation was that a Save-A-Tooth device should be added to every first aid kit if it is not already present.

Dr. John Solberg, the medical editor of the premier outdoors magazine, Overland Journal, considered 50 commonly available first aid kits and selected 20 to thoroughly evaluate.

Dr. Solberg is a Fellow of American College of Emergency Physicians and the Academy of Wilderness Physicians, as well as an avid outdoorsman. Dr. Solberg felt that the typical evaluation of a first aid kit and its subsequent review was, in general, superficial and not qualitative. The evaluators were either medically unqualified or remained anonymous. Dr. Solberg, therefore, endeavored to evaluate, in depth, each of the twenty selected kits.

Dr. Solberg tested the component in each of the kits in real-life environments for durability, utility, and quality of construction. They graded each component and rated each kit for its overall quality and usefulness, especially for its efficacy in wilderness settings.

In his final evaluation, Dr. Solberg selected 6 of what were deemed to be the best buys according to size and fill. An item called Save-A-Tooth™, however, was recommended as a vital inclusion in every first aid kit. Of the 6 kits selected, only The Complete First Kit® included the knocked out tooth preservation device. The Save-A-Tooth device is able to store, transport and revitalize any knocked out teeth for 24 hours. This allows adequate time to find a dentist who can reinsert the knocked out teeth in their sockets and provides an over 90% chance of retaining one’s own teeth for life. Dr. Solberg‘s final recommendation was that a Save-A-Tooth device should be added to every first aid kit if it is not already present.

Winners: The choice for the best home first aid kits were The Complete First Aid Kit® (the only kit with the Save-A-Tooth device) and the REI Backpacker weekend kit. For more serious wilderness kits, they selected the ITS tactical kit, the Practical Trauma kit, the Adventure Medical kit Mountain Series Fundamental, and the Remote Medical International kit.

“The Save-A-Tooth is essential for every kit whether it be for a home, car, sports bag, ambulance, or school since all knocked out teeth can be saved but only if placed in a Save-A-Tooth within the first sixty minutes of the accident,” says Dr. Paul Krasner, Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. “All of the over five million teeth that are knocked out each year in the United States have a delicate cell layer that will die if depleted of their nutrients which occurs in sixty minutes,” he concluded. Therefore, there is virtually no time to look for a Save-A-Tooth when the accident occurs. For example, in an automobile accident, there may be more serious injuries and the ambulance may not have the Save-A-Tooth. Having one in the car, will allow relatives or friends to collect the knocked out teeth and bring them to the hospital to be replanted later.

The Save-A-Tooth has the Seal of the American Dental Association and is available through Phoenix-Lazerus, LLC and Amazon.com.

“When considering how and what to include in your personal medical kit, try not to approach it as just more money spent on your truck; think of this as a piece of life gear. You may forget it’s there but will be relied upon some time, perhaps allowing your kid to finish his game,” says Dr. Solberg. The cost of replacing knocked out teeth is very expensive, at least $4,000-8,000 and $40,000 over a lifetime.

Phoenix-Lazerus is a company located in Portland, OR. It manufactures the Complete First Aid kit, the Complete First Aid Sports kit and the Save-A-Tooth, emergency tooth preserving system.ith the Save-A-Tooth device) and the REI Backpacker weekend kit. For more serious wilderness kits, they selected the ITS tactical kit, the Practical Trauma kit, the Adventure Medical kit Mountain Series Fundamental, and the Remote Medical International kit.

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