Dental self-reliance is an overlooked aspect of preparedness. But toothaches can be extremely painful, and untreated oral infections can pose serious health risks. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can obtain to care for your teeth in the event that a dentist is unavailable.
Obviously, you’ll want to keep your medicine cabinet stocked with extra toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste. In addition, consider adding these items:
- Baking soda. Baking soda is a great all-purpose cleaning agent. It also makes a “toothpaste” when mixed with salt or an oral rinse when mixed with water.
- Emergency filling/ crown repair kit. Filling/crown repair kits will allow you to fix (or, in survival scenarios, add) a filling or crown before you can see a dental professional.
- Hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide can be used as a mouthwash to cleanse your mouth of bacteria that can cause gingivitis. Simply dilute it with water before use, and use it once or twice a day. It’s also great to have for disinfecting minor cuts.
- Tea. Tea bags can help to relieve pain and reduce bleeding if a tooth needs to be removed or gums are swollen.
- Clove oil. This essential oil decreases pain from toothaches. It’s handy when there’s no anesthetic around.
- Ginger. Biting peeled ginger is another way of temporarily relieving tooth pain. Ginger also aids in immunity and digestion.