Over the years, we have written hundreds of articles on medical preparedness for short or long-term disasters. History tells us that problems with teeth take up a significant portion of the medic’s patient load. Anyone who has had to perform a task while simultaneously dealing with a bad toothache can attest to the effect on the amount and quality of work done.
The prepared medic will have included dental supplies in their storage, but what exactly would make sense in austere settings? We’ve mentioned that gloves for medical and dental purposes are one item that you should have in quantity.
We’ve researched dental items that should be in the dental kit of those that would be medically responsible in a long-term survival community. It’s important to know that eugenol might burn the tongue, so be careful when touching anything but teeth with it. Although there are more types of dental extractors than there are teeth, you should at least have several.
Just as obtaining knowledge and training on medical issues likely in a disaster is important, the study of dental procedures and practices is essential for the aspiring survival medic.
There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product. I'm the original Survival Mom, and have been helping moms worry less and enjoy their homes and families more for 5 years. Like saving money for a rainy day, keeping your mouth healthy is a continuing health habit that can save the day for your family and your children.
It’s important to understand the risk factors for oral cancer so you know whether you should visit a dentist for an oral cancer screening.
Smoking or using smokeless tobacco – smokeless tobacco is not a safer alternative to smoking, and both put you at risk for oral cancer. Excessive alcohol consumption – this risk is increased for individuals who combine heavy alcohol consumption with tobacco use. Frequent or prolonged exposure to sun without proper protection – this can lead to cancers in the lip area, although these are declining with the increased awareness of the dangers of ultraviolet rays. In recent years doctors have seen an increase in the number of younger people diagnosed with the disease, and research has revealed it is likely due to human papilloma virus number 16 (HPV16), a disease transmitted through sexual contact. Part of the danger with oral cancer is that there are not a lot of really obvious signs of the disease in its early stages. Some other signs of oral cancer include a white or red patch of tissue in the mouth, a canker sore that doesn’t heal after more than two weeks, or unexplained and persistent bleeding in the mouth. Treatment for oral cancer may involve a mix of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy depending on the stage at diagnosis. If you have not been screened recently for oral cancer and you have some warning signs or risk factors, it’s important to see a dentist right away. When I was a boy I can remember when my Mom would dump the contents of her purse on the kitchen table a couple times a year for a thorough (and much needed) cleaning. Can the contents of an average purse be used (directly or indirectly) to meet basic human survival needs? I guarantee I can make a bow-string out of dental floss – note to self – TRY THIS!
I found that wrapping the bottom bends of the hooks made them almost impossible to bend out flat.
I’m currently working on a very detailed post about BUSTED CELL PHONE SURVIVAL SKILLS that I am sure you will enjoy – look out for it soon! Les Stroud once blew a bubble using Bubblicious gum and stuck it to his improvised fishing line about 18 inches above his improvised fishing hook. You can also make a bobber by bending an old gift card to a 90 degree angle, poking a hole near each tip, and threading your line through. This probably doesn’t apply to most ladies, but I personally keep a small, water-proof zip-up bag (the kind you would use for make-up or tampons) in my bag full of crochet hooks. My purse EDC makes the men i know wish they had a purse too, but i also have some typical womens items in there. In my purse I have a small first aid kit- nothing fancy, I keep it in a travel soap container so it's waterproof, with antiseptic and a few band-aids of varied sizes as well as a hand salve I made myself (shea butter, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil) and hand sanitizer.
I was a little worried because I'm not really an "outdoorsman"--not only in mastering the survival skills but also in fitting in.
When I had my braces on, I used this really nifty little Dentakit travel kit for keeping my teeth really clean.
We promise to never spam you, and just use your email address to identify you as a valid customer. I have not taken it apart yet because I want to keep it sterile but every thing I have ordered from you has been excellent. It didn't include an autoclave but with the Instruction Book I can up grade to meet the needs of my MAG. Those same warnings are given to millions of people every year by earnest dentists and dental hygienists, but not everyone heeds them. In a worst case scenario, visits to the dentist may become a luxury no longer available, or at least, not available to the majority of people. It makes sense, then, to learn as many alternative ways as possible to take good care of your teeth and gums and begin stocking up on the supplies you’ll need. It’s pretty easy to stock up on large amounts of toothpaste and toothbrushes using coupons. You’ll also want to stock up on essential oils, such as peppermint, spearmint, or cinnamon, baking soda, and calcium powder.
So, on a family camping trip through Colorado, I tracked down a willow tree, snipped a small twig, and began using it to clean my teeth. Dentists and dental hygienists alike strongly recommend using the softest toothbrushes, not a firm toothbrush, which can damage teeth and gums.

If, after using homemade toothpaste and a willow twig, you still feel the need for even fresher teeth, you can easily mix up a batch of homemade mouthwash. Not glamorous, and if anything, a salt water mouthwash is boring, but the fact is, this continues to be recommended by dentists worldwide for its effectiveness as a natural disinfectant. While colloidal silver isn’t a mouthwash exactly, its proponents claim that it is effective against periodontal disease. The really great news for your SHTF Dental Plan is that just about anything can be used in place of dental floss, although before resorting to this list, use coupons and grocery store sales to stock up on plenty of floss. Oil pulling, therefore, can help fight gingivitis, plaque, bad breath, tooth decay, and some regular users swear it has made their teeth whiter. As part of your SHTF Dental Plan, stock up on coconut oil, which already has anti-bacterial properties. Once tooth enamel has been damaged or has decayed, the general consensus is that the damage is done and cannot be repaired. I have a couple of small cavities and began taking horsetail capsules daily about 4 months ago.
You may be sitting in the middle of a worst case scenario and have all your supplies ready to maintain strong and healthy teeth and gums.
DO insist that every member of the family brush, floss, and otherwise take good care of their teeth.
Click here to get a free, printable resource with all the SHTF Dental Plan supplies listed in this article. Just because I had heard so many people recommend the inner strands of paracord for flossing, I tried it and a singlie inner strand is way too big for floss!!! Nurse Amy has expanded her dental preparedness kit to include almost all the items you see in the list above. If you found this article useful, please Vote for Ready Nutrition as a top prepper web site.
Chewing on a chilli, if you can stand the heat kills the pain of a toothache and is a natural antibiotic. We're working hard to finish up our new marketplace, where you'll be able to find all of your preparedness, homesteading and food storage needs. Many now include medical kits and supplies to add to survival food storage and items for personal protection.
In the Vietnam War, medical personnel noted that fully half of those who reported to daily sick call came with dental complaints.
If your teeth hurt badly, it’s unlikely that your mind can concentrate on anything other than the pain.
You would want the kit to be portable, so dentist chairs and other heavy equipment wouldn’t be practical.
After consulting with a number of preparedness-minded dentists, we have put together what we believe will be a reasonable kit that can handle a number of dental issues. These instruments have a flat circular tip that is used to “excavate” decayed material from demineralized areas of a tooth. These are thin but solid chisel-like instruments that help with extractions by separating ligaments that hold teeth in their sockets. It comes a fabric square that can be cut to size and placed directly on the bleeding socket or gum. Come join me on my journey to becoming more prepared to handle everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios. Get your family to a dentist and get all decay fixed (fillings) and all bad teeth extracted before they become a dental emergency all dental offices are closed for the duration of an emergency.
Keep up six month visits with your dentist to avoid dental problems, floss, brush, use rubber tip simulators and avoid sugars and sugar drinks.
Getting oral cancer from HPV16 is particularly dangerous because it often affects the back of the mouth, such as oropharynx, tonsils, or the back of the tongue, and doesn’t produce some of the same telltale signs of disease (visible lesions, discoloration) that can lead to early diagnosis. The best way to lower your risk is to visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, at the recommended six-month intervals. If you can feel an obvious lump or bump, you have difficulty swallowing, a persistent earache on one side, or hoarseness that doesn’t heal for a long time, it’s a good idea to have these things checked by your dentist.
The Dental Clinic at Roseman University offers an affordable option for dental care if you don’t have a dentist or don’t have dental insurance.
It might be necessary to put another layer of something outside of the gum to prevent it from causing issues. Mini pliers — I make jewelry, but I figure other crafty folks might have something like this in their bags too. Metal, wood, and plastic, some of them are already fairly sharp (weapons, gigs, etc), and the rest could easily be sharpened. People in the SurviVacation class came from completely different backgrounds and skill sets and I never felt out of place. Everything you could possibly need for oral and dental care and emergencies when NO help is on the way. They have all said it is a perfect kit for dental emergencies when no dentist is available. I forgot to floss, at times drank too much soda, and sure enough, moving into my 30’s, cavities began popping up here and there and my dentist warned me about tooth decay and gum disease and their affect on my overall health. Even now there are millions of families who can no longer afford teeth cleanings, braces, and other expensive forms of dental care. But if you’d like other options, here are a couple of recipes for homemade toothpaste and a tooth powder using ingredients that can easily be stocked up and stored long-term. If you don’t want fluoride in your store-bought toothpaste or have other concerns with their ingredients, stock up instead on ingredients to make homemade toothpaste or tooth powder. Do test the flavor of the mouthwash at 10 drops before adding any more, since some oils are much stronger tasting than others. Whether you stock up on store-bought or make your own homemade colloidal silver, this is another option for maintaining good dental health in a worst case scenario.

I’m proud to say that I floss my teeth much more often now than I used to, but probably not as often as my hygienist would like. I was a little shocked to learn that, instead, it involved swishing oil around in one’s mouth for 15-20 minutes at a time.
I’ve interviewed Sam Coffman of The Human Path several times, and he offers multiple classes, both on site and online. Those supplies, along with your best intentions for survival dental health, won’t get you very far if you include a large amount of sugar in your diet and spend the day sipping sweet tea or juice!
The market will feature organic foods, preparedness supplies and unique solutions from local farmers and small businesses from around the country. In a long-term survival situation, you certainly will find yourself as dentist as well as nurse or doctor. Therefore, it only makes sense that you must learn basic dental hygiene, care, and procedures to keep your people at full work efficiency.
A powered dental drill would be a much better choice, but not likely to be an option off the grid. Spry tooth paste and mints can stop decay in most mouths because it has a five carbon sugar instead of six carbon sugars. Oral cancer five-year survival rates are only at 57 percent, which is markedly lower than survival rates for diseases like breast cancer (85 percent) or prostate cancer (close to 100 percent).
Dentists can often see some of the early changes in the tissues in your mouth, or even feel the tumor while it is still very small.
Often the dentist will order a biopsy of suspicious-looking areas to determine for sure whether it is cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for survival when it comes to oral cancer. The two pieces could also be taken apart and each attached to a handle as a scraping or piercing tool of some sort. I also have a stitch counter (keep track of days?), metal and plastic needles (obvious uses there, I even have a curved needle useful for stitches in case of injury), small scissors, a cable tool (used in knitting, it’s like a giant safety pin.
Dentists warn that using baking soda over a long period of time can weaken tooth enamel, so you may want to use this with other toothpaste recipes.
These recipes call for ingredients that are shelf stable and can be stored for very long periods of time.
Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t have an indefinite shelf life and it should be stored in a very cool location, even in the refrigerator. Cinnamon essential oil is a good choice because it may have antifungal and antibacterial properties. The main purpose of using floss is to break the contact point between teeth and loosen debris. Incredibly, I learned that this ancient process has received approval by many in the medical and dental communities.
If you’re just getting started with this process, start with 5 minutes, and then gradually increase the time. One of those is Doug Simon, co-creator of the Alternatives to Dentists DVD I mentioned earlier.
I like the twig toothbrush, he even suggests–or maybe it was someone else–using a disposable chopstick and that works great!
Poor dental health can cause issues that affect the work efficiency of members of your group in survival settings.
Despite significant advances in cancer treatments and therapies, the five-year survival rate for oral cancer has remained the same for decades because many people do not discover the cancer until very late in the development, when it has metastasized to another area of the body (often the lymph nodes in the neck). I’ve used mine for all kinds of random things, and these can come in very compact sizes.
I’m sure one could find some use for it), rubber bands, and usually some small bits of thread or yarn (fire starters, untwist and connect to make longer cords, brightly colored lures?).
Rather, I want to give you some ideas for taking extra good care of your teeth and gums in a worst case scenario and give you a list of supplies so you can begin stocking up for your own SHTF Dental Plan!
To maximize that shelf life, always store in the darkest, coolest, and driest spot in the house. However, this is a very easy item to store and as a mouthwash, it couldn’t get any easier than this.
As effective as this is, short term, it shouldn’t be used long term because the acidity could soften tooth enamel over time. I really liked the fact that it remained in a liquid form, unlike my coconut oil that is usually solid due to the cooler temps of my home and Texas climate. When I interviewed Doug a few years back, he claimed that ingesting dried horsetail is effective against tooth decay and can actually heal cavities. In normal times, however, you should understand that the practice of dentistry without a license is illegal and punishable by law. I also usually have a book, which aside from providing entertainment, could be used for fire starting or *ahem* personal hygiene.
Never has a dental kit been created with such extensive and complete items needed for your families' dental and oral health. Just buying one jar of Bentonite clay every couple of months will give you a sizable stockpile pretty quickly. The GuruNanda brand contains a mixture of sesame, sunflower, coconut, and peppermint oils and was very easy to use. I always have some sort of snack, or at the very least, glucose tablets, and some various medications.
I also keep single-use nitrile gloves and band-aids, but those and the meds ought to be in any survival kit.

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