dental first aid

Emergency Dental Preparedness
Considerations for the day when there is no dentist

"Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you." ~Soupy Sales

When there is no dentist, what will you do?
Dentistry is a necessary component of survival often overlooked
on the topic of self reliance. Prepper groups have lots of advice
first aid products; and other prepper Web sites discuss
specific herbal remedies and
medicines to stock; however, many
survivalist-type sites altogether neglect to cover the topic of
dental emergencies or dental pain!

Dental pain has, in centuries past, caused suffers to commit
suicide as there were no dentists and no remedies. History
reveals blacksmiths and even barbers took the responsibility of
dentistry, and on the wagon trails it was the cook (called a
"cookie") who handled dental pain with whiskey, rum or brandy!
Unfortunately, their crude and untrained techniques often landed
their "patients" in even worse condition, ranging from dental
infections to death.

When there is no dentist
Smile knowing you're prepared in the event of dental pain with
emergency dental kits and an emergency dental
preparedness plan. Consider these idea in dental aid for the day
may come when there is no dentist:

1. Dental Kits.
Available kits on the market have various levels"

  • Adventure Medical Dental Medic First Aid Kit.
    (Intermediate Prepper kit, best choice for most preppers.)
    Get complete first aid for your teeth! Pictured right, the
    Adventure Medical Dental Medic first aid kit includes
    instructions and everything you need to clean and close
    wounds. The kit features:
  • Irrigation syringe and wound closure strips to clean and
    close wounds.
  • Proprietary dryflexbags for the ultimate in ultra light,
    waterproof storage.

  • Dental Emergency Kit. When a dental emergency occurs,
    but there isn't a dentist available, you'll want to have this
    temporary repair kit to hold you over until you can see a
    dentist. Contents: 1 plastic tweezers 4 cotton rolls 4 Orasol
    gel packets, 1 disposable dental mirror 6 cotton pellets 2
    antimicrobial skin wipes 1 dental floss (5 yd.) 2 units
    temporary cement 4 ibuprofen tablets 2 spatulas 5
    temporary fillings 2 dental picks 5 units dental wax 1
    instruction sheet 2 mixing bowls 2 sterile gauze pads (2" x

  • Emergency Dental Instrument set. The professional Dental
    Instrument set, pictured immediate right will provide a
    trained professional with all the necessary tools of modern
    dentistry. When there is no dentist or other dental
    professional, this kit won't do you much good. The tools
    obviously require training.

  • Dental Medic Dental first Aid Kit. (A basic level kit for
    preparedness and must have for beginners.) Be it an
    infection, a lost filling, or a fractured tooth, the excruciating
    pain of dental emergencies can bring the happiest of Happy
    Preppers to their knees. The Dental Medic Kit, pictured at
    the top of the page, contains the basic essentials for
    treating dental pain and injury when a dentist isn't
    available. Basic supplies include floss, cotton, and oral
    anaesthetic, plus temporary cavity filling mixture and more.

2. Dental Repair Tools:

  • Dent temp.  Temporarily repair loose caps and crowns and
    lost fillings with Dent Temp. Dent Temp provides instant
    relief from pain. Plus, you can add extra coverage for lost
    fillings and loose caps with products such as Dentemp.

3. Hurricaine Topical Anesthetic Gel for tooth pain.
Nothing bites worse than tooth pain! Hurricaine topic gel will
anesthetize muscle tissue to provide temporary relief in
discomfort in teeth and gums. This over the counter medication
will be a godsend when the dentist is not around. In the old
days, the agony of dental pain was among the top causes of

4. Got a kid with braces?
The Braces Emergency Kit is a special tool, pictured immediate
right, with toothed-end nippers for clipping off dangerous wire
braces when they snap under.

More dental survival ideas

  • Toothpaste. Making your own toothpaste from baking soda
    and hydrogen peroxide.

Natural remedies for dental pain and dental care
Without resorting to whiskey for dental pain, preppers can turn to
natural remedies for the time may come when there is no dentist.
Homesteaders particularly will appreciate these natural

  • Grapefruit seed extract.  A natural compound derived from
    the seed and pulp of grapefruit, grapefruit seed extract is an
    all-natural antibiotic. Brush your teeth with just a diluted
    drop! It's also idea as a toothbrush sanitizer.

  • Vinegar. Vinegar is an important prep for so many reasons,
    but for tooth care, preppers will find vinegar ultra versatile.
    You can whiten teeth with vinegar and simultaneously
    eliminate bad breath. To whiten teeth, brush twice a week
    with white vinegar. Soak dentures in vinegar overnight to
    remove tartar. The recipe for the denture soak is a simple
    solution of 1/4 cup white wine vinegar mixed with hot water.

  • Baking soda. Make your own baking soda toothpaste! Make
    a paste with water or hydrogen peroxide, (which is also a
    good prepper item to have). This homemade toothpaste will
    help you whiten your teeth. Or mix baking soda with water
    as a mouthwash. To make a better tasting paste, add
    essential oils.

Avoid spreading cavities to kids
After dinner you tell your children to brush their teeth before they
go to bed. You may also have kids brush after a sugary treat. It
seems parents concentrate on removing food particles in the
mouth to prevent tooth decay, but really that's only half the story
because tooth decay is really more about the bacteria!

It's the bacteria present in the mouth that causes tooth decay
when it feeds on food particles. Theoretically, a mouth without
bacteria should not have tooth decay! And how do children get
tooth decay? From their parents! That's right: your saliva transfer
can spread cavities when you share cups and utensils!

Now that you know it's the bacteria in your mouth that can
spread cavities to your kids, you can take one critical step
towards prevention: don't allow children to share utensils or
drinking cups with you! Otherwise, your
bacteria may transfer to
your child to cause cavities. Instruct your kids not to share
drinking cups or utensils with anyone, especially their siblings
and friends. Saliva will transfer the cavity causing bacteria.

Warning signs of Dental Pain
Be aware of mouth and jaw pain, bleeding gums, loose teeth and
other symptoms, which may be early warning signs of a more
serious medical condition. Take care of dental pain now, while a
dentist is still available.
Learn more about the
warning signs of dental pain.

Never under estimate the troubles, which may start from a small
annoyance in the mouth and grow. Seek dental treatment today
and be grateful it is still available. And why not take advantage
of ready made kits? A dental medic kit is an astonishingly
affordable and easy prep. Start with a basic dental first aid kit
and when you're ready for more advanced prepping for your family
needs, you can add more. For example, your family may want to
  • teething if your group has infants;
  • managing broken braces or retainers for tweens and teens;
  • care and cleaning of dentures for mature family members;
  • Bruxism (involuntary grinding of teeth, primarily done during

You'll smile knowing you have your dental first aid needs covered.

Happy endings...
It's good to have a plan in case there is no dentist (and now you
have inspiration to get your kit together)! Now that you have a
plan for emergency dental preparedness, it's time to take a look
at what's in your
preppers medicine cabinet.

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consult your dentist. This information is intended for your general knowledge only and
is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical
conditions. Never disregard or delay in seeking medical advice when available.

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