Dental Emergency Kit: FSA Eligibility

A dental emergency kit used for temporary repair is an eligible medical expense with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA). Dental emergency kit reimbursement is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

What is a dental emergency kit?

Teeth are indispensable for an individual's quality of life, which is why dental emergencies can be such a sudden and traumatic experience that can arise from even the simplest daily activities. While waiting for an appointment with the dentist, a person suffering a dental emergency may have to wait several days before correcting the issue, which is why many physicians and dentists suggest creating a dental emergency kit to handle these situations.

How can individuals and families respond effectively in the event of a dental emergency? First, it's vital to seek out the help of a dental professional, but to provide immediate care, a dental emergency kit is indispensable and can be stocked with a variety of eligible medical products. Those looking to create a dental emergency kit should include:

  • First aid dressings: These are all the standard items you'd find in a common first aid kit that will come in handy during dental emergencies, including cotton balls/swabs, gauze, alcohol wipes, and latex gloves.
  • Dental Floss: This can be extremely helpful in dislodging food particles and other matter from the spaces in between the teeth to prevent infections.
  • Mirror: This can provide a view of the inside of one's mouth to evaluate the severity of an injury after it occurs.
  • Salt: Warm water mixed with salt is a tried-and-true means of cleaning wounds and preventing mouth infections, as it can help wash away excess blood and other particulates. A mixture of 1 cup (250 mL) and 1 teaspoon (5 g) of salt will create an effective solution.
  • Temporary Dental Filling Material: In the event of a broken filling, cap, crown or bridgework, over-the-counter dental filling material can make the situation more manageable until the individual can seek out the assistance of a dentist.
  • Cold Packs: Cold compresses are the easiest means of delivering cold therapy to an affected area, and this can be extremely helpful with dental injuries to reduce inflammation and pain.

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Eligibility Table

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Limited Care FSA Dependent Care FSA Health Savings Account (HSA) Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

Eligible

Eligible with Rx

Eligible with LMN

Not Eligible

Legal Information / Regulations

Eligible expenses for Limited FSAs can vary. To find out exactly what your Limited FSA covers, contact your FSA administrator.

 


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