June 24, 2017

Dental Preparedness

Dental Preparedness

I don’t like the dentist. I know, I know, most people don’t! But I dislike the sadist…err dentist so much that the thought of writing this article has given me the heebie-jeebies for some time. However, a recent dental problem resulting in a toothache spurred me to write this.


Brush, floss, yada, yada, yada. All kidding aside, this is absolutely one area where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This being a preparedness related article, here are some tips to help you be prepared for a future where going to the dentist isn’t an option.

Toothpaste has a 1-2 year shelf life, so we could effectively keep a year’s supply on hand, rotating and restocking as it is used. Toothbrushes obviously don’t have an expiration date, but should be rotated every few months. Dental floss is another item that has no expiration date, nor do the dental flossers. Dental floss is an item I put in each BOB. It can be used for floss, cordage, snares and anything else lightweight rope could be used for.

Baking soda is an item with an infinite shelf life that can be used as toothpaste. Simply put some in a smallish container, add water and stir into a paste…mmm tasty (sarcasm). Hydrogen peroxide is an item that, according to the ADA (American Dental Association), is used in many commercial tooth whiteners.
Dental Pain When the Stuff Hits the Fan

To me there is no pain like a toothache. It can make me miserable like almost nothing else! We’re lucky to live in a time where we get care fairly quickly to help us if we have dental pain. Imagine having to use an ice skate to remove your own tooth (a reference to the move Castaway)! Seriously, what would you do if, for some reason, you had a toothache and couldn’t get to the dentist? Here are some suggestions.

There are several over the counter numbing agents one could use and I personally think they are a must have.

Natural Tooth Ache Remedies

Here are three links that I think are worth sharing, all containing natural remedies. Because what works well for one person, might not for another, I think it is wise to have a few of these on hand. Many of the ingredients listed in these two articles can be used for other purposes as well.

20+ Toothache Remedies For Pain Relief

12 Home Remedies for Toothaches

Worst Case

What if the problem is worse than a tooth ache and you can’t get to the dentist? There are a few things that you can do now to prepare for this. The Hesperian Foundation offers a book called Where there is No Dentist. You can download a free PDF copy or purchase a book for $17.00. Amazon has used copies a little cheaper, but I think supporting the Hesperian Foundation is worth the extra dollar or two.

This book is fantastic! Like all Hesperian books, it is meant to educate villagers in third world countries with no formal education or training. Topics range from learning and teaching about teeth and gums, treating and diagnosing different dental problems like toothaches, loose teeth, cavities, cementing fillings and removal of teeth (without an ice skate). It has illustrations on almost every page to help explain the different topics.

There are a few supplies that you could stock now that could be of great use in a dental emergency. From Duluth Trading Company: Duluth Trading Company Dr. Click’s Kit: Dental Tools with 101 Uses. As the title suggests, this kit has many other uses besides dental tools, one being a great lock picking set. One of the Prepared Christian sponsors, Camping Survival, carries Dr. Stahl’s Emergency Dental Kit. as well.

Final Thoughts

Sure, we should be brushing and flossing now, but like I said at the beginning, to me there is no pain like a toothache. Dental preparedness requires some forethought and preparations to make sure we can take care of dental emergencies should they ever occur when we cannot get to a dentist.

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  1. you are right…there is no pain like a toothache! and the best intervention is prevention! I am going to download the book and make sure we are ready for anyhing!

  2. I couldn’t get your link to Duluth Trading Company’s dental kit to work but if you go to their site and type dental kit into their search box it comes up.

  3. Don’t use toothpaste anymore. I took hydrogen peroxide and mixed it with baking soda and it does the work better than toothpaste and it cost less too. Doesn’t taste bad, just get used to the different taste and it’s okay. I’ve been doing that for 4 or 5 years and I have had no toothache or gum ache or anything else. I, like you and many others don’t look forward to going to the dentist. Maybe some people will give this a try.

  4. Maybe you will do a article on the FLU shot. I had my very last flu shot back in 2007. Mercury, formaldehyde, and several other terrible ingredience are put in the “flu” shot.
    I have had no “flu” and no colds or any sickness like that since then. I never get sick with anything. That is a real blessing, but I do believe that avoiding the “flu” shot is the reason why I don’t.
    Just food for thought. I read where there are doctors now that are advising their patients to avoid it at all cost. It can cause nervous disorders, brain problems and various other problems no numerous to mention here.

    • I don’t get flu shots either. Can you show me where you got your info on the ingredients? I don’t think they’re healthy by any means, but I think mercury is a bit of a stretch.

      • Mercury is absolutely in vaccines. It is called Thimerosol and it functions as a cheap preservative for the vaccine. Thimerosol is strongly suspected of being the main cause of autism in children. There’s lots of info about this online. Supposedly they make some vaccines without it now, using some ingredient that is more costly than Thimerosol. I do not know if it’s in flu vaccines, but I bet it is. Maybe the medical people would tell you the truth about that, or maybe not. As usual, “It’s all about the money”. Good health to all!

        • Thank you for sharing. You’re right, it is all about the money, but almost all of modern medicine is.

        • CAROL: I could not think of that word to save my soul ( Thimerosol). But I read a report several years back on the flu vaccine and I remembered that it contained Mercury as well as formaldehyde and other nasty stuff.

          Doubtful if you would get the “truth” out of most medical people as it’s always about the “dollar”. They will kill you for the dollar. I am glad that you knew about the mercury to back up what I had written, so people wouldn’t think that I was just making that up or throwing it in to sound big.

          As I said I haven’t been sick with a cold or flu for going on 8 years now.


  5. Rev. Dr. Michael E Harris says:

    I have the dental tools and the emergency dental kit.

    I have finally found the kind of dental floss that I can use every day, so I use it every day. I have many units (whatever the little boxes are called) of less expensive waxed and unwaxed floss in my BOB, but I save the good stuff for my teeth.

    I am closer to 80 than 100 and have all my natural teeth (except for two wisdom teeth that were causing some crowded–three minutes to pull them both). I do visit my dentist every six months, but have not had any repair work for a quarter century. I only see a dentist for about two minutes each visit, but the hygienist I have is great.

    Periodic maintenance will lessen your need for emergency work in a SHTF situation. Have a decent book on emergency dentistry and some tools will help.

  6. I was hoping for some instructions on how to pull a bad tooth without a dentist, in a disaster situation. I also have an emergency dental kit & lots of denture cleaning tablets.

    • Oh & thanks Chris! Hope u & Trudee had a good Valentines!

      • We’re a good fit, neither of us likes valentines day. I believe one should treat their significant other in a manner that they feel loved every day.

    • Red that is over my technical ability to describe, but that and much more is covered in “Where there are no dentists”. Download the free copy and see if it has what you’re looking for.

  7. Hi Chris, I make up a paste of equal parts carb soda and coconut oil. I used to suffer from gum disease, but it cleared up within a couple of days unexpectedly, then I found out coconut oil is a natural antibiotic. It really does work :)

  8. I would recommend Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder. This is a herbal Toothbrush powder and I can testify, works great. It does have a expiration date but it is just herbs and could be stored for longterm. I use it all the time and my jar is a few years past expiration and works just fine. Highly recommended. Another note, is this toothpaste is great for alternating between regular Toothpaste and the powder. This powder does a great jobof polishing your teeth probably because it has a grainy texture. It also works better on your gums than regular Toothpaste And fplease do yourself a favor and do not use fluoride Toothpaste!

  9. Then there’s always this…

  10. Another book recommendation…
    Cure Tooth Decay

    I was faced with a root canal 6 months ago. I started following some of the recommendations in this book. Within a week my pain was gone. I’m actually excited for my dental check up next week! I’m convinced that if not completely gone, X-rays will show significant improvement.

    I think proactive dental care should be part of our overall prepper mindset. If we’re in good health, including our teeth, that’s one less thing to be concerned about in times of great tribulation.

  11. The expiration date on toothpaste has to do with the fluoride in the paste. After a time it loses its effectiveness. There really is nothing wrong with using the paste after the expiration date, it is not toxic or dangerous.

  12. When I was young I didn’t take care of my teeth as I was supposed to. As an adult I pay the price. I had two teeth that we’re giving me some minor problems and thought I needed to deal with them before a crisis arose. I had both removed about two months ago. This will not have the potential to become a problem later since they have been dealt with now. If something is a minor problem now, how much more will it be a major problem in the world after. It is so easy to deal with it now than when these services are no longer available. Food for thought…

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