Pulling Your Own Teeth Out at Home

Please; try to understand, if I’m not in top form today. For the past three days I’ve had the most aggravating toothache that keeps getting worse.

I scheduled an appointment with the dentist for later this afternoon.

I will admit being afraid of the dentist, the thought of him grinding, filling, pulling and let’s not forget those horrible shots, bleeding and that sucking thing. Almost sets me into panic mode – and it got me to thinking about dental emergencies and ways of preparing for such contingencies. Dental emergencies seldom solve themselves and without medical attention usually to get worse, possibly resulting in dire consequences.

One thing is certain dental services will always be in demand – but will you be able to afford competent care or find it when needed?

This is one instance where I think having a small gold or silver reserve is a good idea.

After an economic collapse the dollar maybe worthless or significantly devalued – but gold and silver will retain value, and that value that can be traded for dental and medical care in an emergency.

Unfortunately; no matter how prepared we are some medical emergencies cannot be dealt with without proper and professional care.

But there are steps that can be taken to better deal with minor problems or to provide care until a permanent solution can be implemented.

Preventive maintenance cannot be stressed enough. Take care of your teeth. If possible, visit a dentist at least once a year to find and take care of any potential problems.

Brush, floss and rinse – stock up on oral hygiene supplies. This can be done cheaply compared to the alternative of paying for repair of major problems, that result from poor oral hygiene.

Stocking sufficient toothpaste, brushes, rinse and floss to last a year can be done rather cheaply, this stuff would also make excellent barter goods, after a wide-spread disaster.

(Note)  It’s easy to make your own toothpaste, by mixing equal parts of baking soda and sea salt. The result tastes awful (you can add peppermint extract to improve taste) until you get used to it, but it does an excellent job of cleaning your teeth and gums. Simply moisten a toothbrush and dip it in the mixture and brush as usual.

It is a good idea to have a dental first aid kit to complement your other first aid supplies. A basic kit should consist of:

  • Temporary filling material Temparin or Cavit
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft dental floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Orajel or other dental pain reliever
  • Advil, or Motrin
  • Clove Oil (pain relief)
  • Rubber gloves (some people are allergic to latex)
  • Dental wax
  • Toothpicks
  • Cotton
  • Dental Mirror
  • Hand Sanitizer

…and a copy of Where There Is No Dentist. This is a must have book – if you don’t have a hard-copy of this one then your survival library isn’t complete. Get it now.

Or if you prefer you can purchase a ready-made kit survival emergency dental care and then expand it into a more comprehensive dental care package.

How bad was your last toothache? What did you do about it? Have you prepared for this emergency?

And now I must go – I’m off to the dentist – wish me luck…

BTW this article was written for informational purposes only, if you have detail problems please seek out the advice and services of a qualified dentist…

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. I hope the afternoon goes well. Very excellent advice. Most dentists like a 6 month’s schedule. I am the total opposite. Put on the headphones with music and lie back and relax. No pain shots allowed. I hate those things. All molars are caps and all done without shots. Take some Tylenol or similar before the appointment. Will help with the pain after.

  2. Rambo's Monster says:

    “This is one instance where I think having a small gold or silver reserve is a good idea.

    After an economic collapse the dollar maybe worthless or significantly devalued – but gold and silver will retain value, and that value that can be traded for dental and medical care in an emergency.”

    Vodka (or spirit of choice) will also be hawt.

    “It is a good idea to have a dental first aid kit to complement your other first aid supplies. A basic kit should consist of:”

    Vodka (spirit of choice) also. For pain desenitizing.

    “How bad was your last toothache? What did you do about it? Have you prepared for this emergency?

    Ahem, ditto. j/k

    Never forget your essential oils. For toothache, I remember clove oil works quite well I’ve read. Haven’t had to use it but I do possess it.

  3. I, too, used to be afraid of the dentist, but then I thought about the alternative and relaxed.
    I was told by a dental hygienist that toothpaste was not really needed. Flossing and just brushing work. But then there is the breath problem…
    You will feel better tonight, I am sure!

    • laura m. says:

      Ioway: with modern medicine going to the dentist for root canals, crowns is a breeze vs several decades back. High speed drills, smaller needles and a fun dental staff and knowing you have to get this done makes it a breeze. The worst part is paying the bill. By the way, I now squeeze small pea size tooth paste on brush, makes it last way longer. I dread going to drs when they draw blood w/horse sized needle.

  4. Babycatcher says:

    Hugs to you. I totally get it. Bad teeth can kill a person,.

  5. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    Good luck MD …. I have found that 1000ml. of good or even fair white wine will keep your mouth sterile and your skull buzzed and no Rx. is needed!

  6. IMHO a vastly under rated problem that gets very little coverage in the prepper community, that would scare the bejeezuz out of me. At a minimum, would need 1% xylocaine, 25 or 30 gauge needle, 5 ml or even 10 ml syringe to anesthetize, mirror and …”gulp”… a needle nose vice grip pliers to assist with an extraction which is the treatment of for chronic abscessed tooth that has been neglected. One thing for sure, you won’t be doing it Tom Hanks style with an ice skate blade.

    Good luck.

    • Sw't tater says:

      And you would need to use the colloidal silver every 4 hours for two days pprior to assure no infection. peppermint oil one drop, on the gum around the tooth before and after 2 times a day also help with infection and pain.

  7. patientmomma says:

    One of my kids did not take care of her mouth or teeth after she left home. As a result of 10 years of neglect she had severe gum disease and now has upper dentures. She will soon have to have the lower denture made. MD is correct, daily dental care is cheap and usually painless. His list is good and all items are fairly inexpensive so stock obtain the dental tools and brushes, floss and baking soda. My dentist told me just making a paste of basking soda will kill bacteria in the mouth and clear up gum problems if caught early enough. Another person I know makes a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, but he doesn’t swallow the the mixture.

  8. #1. We have increased our Dental supplies, starting with a kit from Camping Survival. I’ve always kept Dentemp around for that weekend emergency.

    #2. My original dentist had recently quit his practice, since died way too young, so I got to “break in” the new one. I simply told him that I carry so “We aren’t going to hurt each other are we?” Even though he’s young, he smiled and we reached an understanding. He explains everything he is going to be doing – no surprises!

    • Axelsteve says:

      I had an elderly friend (pearl Harbor survivor) who was a healthy strong man in his old age until he had dentures. They fit him poorly and hurt his mouth. He complained to his dentist about the poor fit and he said ,What is the big deal you are going to die soon anyway. After that he started losing weight and strength and dies a couple or few years later. Moral of the story is find a good dentist.

      • Axelsteve says:

        MD Do not feel bad about fearing the dentist. I have a friend who is a 6 foot 7 inch tall harley rider and he goes to a sedation dentist case any other way stresses him out too much.

  9. Great! Another hole in my preps! Good luck at the dentist. I have a dewalt hammer drill and some mortar mix,,,,, I could have fixed ya right up.

    • yeah. MD you do a great job helping us find holes in our preps!

    • Well BC that hole may have been what was giving you that bad feeling the other day. I have all of the stuff MD mentioned but still have hole. Mostly in my head according to my wife.

  10. In 2004 I was living in a small town in Oklahoma when I had had a tooth fall out of the socket and then abscess a day later. Only one oral surgeon in town and since I had never used him before he demanded $140 cash up front before he would see me. I did not have the cash so had to ask friends back in Texas to mail it to me. By the time I got the money the abscess had spread. He ended up pulling two teeth, but it had spread to three more and he told me he was not willing to work on the rest with me not having the money on hand to pay him, since I was a vet I should drive the 100+ miles to the VA hospital in Oklahoma City and let them pull the other three teeth. I drove down there and saw a young dentist doing his dental residency who said he did not see any problem with the teeth nor could he understand why I was complaining of pain that long after having the teeth pulled. Pointed out I had three teeth that were “mobile,” aka loose, and I tried to tell him they had not been “mobile” before the abscess. He did nothing and sent me home. I went to my family doctor who discovered I still had a nasty abscess underneath the upper lip, which she cultured. She called me the next day and told me I had some sort of nasty strep infection and for the next six days I had to go into her office every day for two shots of some sort of strong antibiotic to take care of the nasty infection, which finally did go away.
    I finally decided the “mobile” teeth had to go, did not trust the VA or certainly not the oral surgeon, so treated myself to a 24 ounce high gravity beer, and pulled the teeth myself. Tried first to use a pair of pliers, that does not work. Realized that by pulling the teeth backwards and forwards it came out pretty quick. Really had very little bleeding and being a cheap drunk, no pain whatsoever, went to sleep after pulling the teeth and woke up feeling much better. These were front teeth and it had gotten just about too painful to even eat a sandwich, so you might understand why I was desperate enough to get them out to pull them myself.
    When you really need something done, and no one can or will do it for you, you would be surprised at what you can do. Pulling your own teeth is not that difficult.

    • gena, so…do I understand correctly that u used ur hand/fingers to pull out those teeth? I’ve heard of people using a string around the tooth.

      • Yes, I grabbed hold of the teeth, two of them, with my fingers, and yanked the teeth back and forth until they came out.

        • I used to do that with my loose baby teeth and drove my mother crazy. I never understood the fuss. But when you deal with molars with good roots still intact, it’s a whole ‘nother animal. Trust me. I normally refuse all freezing, even for extractions, but I really did need it for the molar I had out last week. The remaining ‘grand canyon’ is still very tender but healing well. Glad I got it done before it became an emergency or infected.

    • I am a dentist. That being said, I would highly advise against doing this. You are lucky you didn’t die from the infection. I have a friend whose husband waiting to long on two molars, finally had them pulled, but the infection had already spread. They eventually had to do a tracheotomy, and he spent 17 days in intensive care.
      People, that is why it is called prepping. See your dentist on a regular basis so this type of stuff doesn’t happen. There is no reason for routine dentistry to be painful in today’s world. If it is, find a new dentist.
      MD- Good luck today. Take some advil before you go and your ipod with headphones will make it a lot easier.

      • I was aware of that. But the only dentist in town’s receptionist would not let me make an appointment until I had the cash in hand. I ended up going to the emergency room, where they gave me antibiotics. I have Medicare insurance and they refused to pay anything on the bill since they do not cover dental treatment, even if you would otherwise die from the infection. My bill for the ER with an antibiotic shot and a pain shot ended up over $1500, which, quite frankly, I refused to pay. When I had gotten into the dentist’s office with the intial abscess he started chewing me out, since the face was terribly swollen about why had I waited so long to get in to see him. I just told him that his receptionist had informed me that I could not come in until I had the cash in hand to pay him. By then two teeth were infected, within days three more were infected and he refused to do anymore since I did not have the $140 per tooth payment on hand for the three other infected teeth. I ended up losing all my upper teeth by the time the ordeal was over.
        Furthermore, when he had pulled the two teeth, he had left a good part of the root in which started working its way out. I had called his office, his receptionist told me he was off that day and for me to use a pair of tweezers to pull the root out of the gum. The part of the root he had left in was almost as big as the part he had pulled. I was able to extract the majority of the root that day with the tweezers, and the other fragments worked their way out gradually.
        I did none of this by choice, but out of necessity as I was unable to get any help on this. My family doctor, by the way, either did the treatments she did without reimbursement or managed to manipulate Medicare into allowing her payment for treating the infection. Were it not for that kind lady I would likely be dead right now.

        • That dentist that insisted cash up front should not be practising. Sometimes financial ‘rules’ need some bending to help people in true emergencies. The fact that he did such a lousy job is reason enough for him to find another vocation he seems fitted – perhaps doing repossessions.

          • JP in MT says:


            I understand you frustration, but I do not agree to any government involvement or mandates that someone provide any goods or services based solely on the recipient’s need. That’s how we got into the regulation/control issues that we have now.

            His practice may be the size he desires with his policies. I don’t see it enlarging much unless he has his own policy for handling this type of problem/emergency.

            Really the problem is that your financial resources were insufficient to handle this emergency. It should be taken as a lesson to improve your ability to deal with it (“This is one instance where I think having a small gold or silver reserve is a good idea.”). I’m not trying to be mean spirited or critical. But this was not HIS fault. IMO.

          • LOL @ repossessions. Thanks Gloria. That gave me a good chuckle.

            You know, if the SHTF gets bad enough, there is going to be a LOT snotty dental receptionists and uppity dentists without food or ANY supplies. They might understand what a real emergency is like when they can’t get food.

            Just my personal opinion, but I think dentists are low on pond scum scale. We have MD’s that volunteer at our free clinic, but not ONE dentist will volunteer their time. Nor will they let you make payments. I understand these so called professionals can’t work for free, but to watch a person in pain and with a bad infection and do nothing is unethical and criminal in my opinion.

          • Gloria,
            I have not met a single dentist that does not demand payment up front. If you do not have dental insurance, that is the way it is. I can understand this because if they do not then it is very likely that they will not get paid at all.
            My insurance does not include dental. I did check into it but for what I need(want) to do the insurance does not cover most of it anyways.
            I have finally found a dentist I like and as I get the money saved, I am getting the needed work done.

    • So you went to the ER, and then refused to pay. Would you refuse to pay if the dental bill wasn’t less than $20 as well? While we are talking preps, how about some financial preps for occasions just like this? I wonder how many preppers out there have closets full of guns and ammo but can’t swing $300 for an emergency dental visit. Of course it’s not your fault, it’s everyone else’s fault…

      • I had and have Medicare insurance. I did not know at that time that Medicare does not cover dental emergencies. And I asked the hospital to file an appeal with Medicare since there had been no other options available and the infection had been so bad. This was Medicare A, not part B, since it was part of the hospital. The hospital would have known the codes, etc, for filing an appeal with Medicare and they refused to even attempt to file an appeal.
        Oh and I do not have closets full of guns and ammo, I actually have none of either, since I’m a disabled vet and the govt has deemed me disqualified from owning guns.
        Since Medicare denied the claim, that left me owing the outrageous full charges of $1500 for a set of x-rays and a shot of antibiotic and pain medicine. That would have been more than half of my monthly disability check, and yeah, I don’t have $1500 sitting around for emergencies. I had tried to drive the 200 mile round trip to the VA hospital only to get there and be told that they did not see dental emergencies on weekends. The infection was bad enough it could not wait for Monday, in fect, by Monday I had gotten the money to pay the dentist, who chewed me out for allowing the infection to have gotten as bad as it was and who told me with an infection that bad, that close to the brain I could have died. That was before I told him I had waited since his receptionist had told me I had to have the cash first. Which I understand, I did not try to force him to see me, I waited until I had the money to pay him. My entire face was swollen and even the people at the ER told me I needed to get the tooth pulled as soon as possible, I was already very sick. And I am not blaming anyone else, and since you do not know me from shit, I find your criticism of me to be full of assumptions that quite frankly are baseless. It must be nice to be so perfect you can make assumptions that other people just aren’t up to your level.

      • Kinda rough there PJ not knowing what there situation is but I completely agree on having money set aside for emergency’s. I happen to have dental insurance though it doesn’t pay much, at most about 50% but if I needed to I could cover the rest from my emergency fund.

  11. Inconsequential says:

    How valuable would this be, both for trading with Drs and Dentists if the SHTF or for your own use? “where there is no dentist” has the instructions on how and where to inject it too: http://griddownmed.com/2015/04/25/from-modern-survival-online-make-your-own-lidocaine-topical-anesthetic/

    Good luck at the Dentist today MD

  12. Sierra Gray says:

    Saying a prayer for your visit!
    My own worst experiences with dentists were not technical but based on the fact that so many are money grubbers that do unnecessary procedures. Not my opinion, but the opinion of two best dentists I have ever known. I had a crook, when I was younger, fill my head with crowns that the past two dentists said all of which one were not needed. Cracked teeth can be repaired without crowns in most cases, or they can wait until the break. Instead these procedure princes tell you that you need the crown to prevent worse damage. Same with night guards (big profit), and getting perfectly good wisdom teeth removed. Praise God he has led me to two excellent dentists in my day. Been going to the last one for over 10 years. One cavity filled! No procedures otherwise. When I started to show gum problems I got the recommendation of buying a waste pick and using it with a solution of 1.5% hydrogen peroxide and increased flossing. Worked!

    I’m now convinced that you are following the best approach–get something done when there is a problem.

  13. I’ve had lots of dental problems & spent lots at a dentist. I’ve lost 7 teeth, & wear a partial denture for 4 of them. I bought a dental care kit several yrs ago.

    One time after a cleaning, a hygenist gave me a plastic syringe to use, since she could tell I didn’t floss regularly. Just use the syringe to squirt a little water between each of my teeth every night. Also bought some extra plastic syringes.

  14. Northernwolf says:

    The problem is knowing it has to be done and putting it off like I have done but I can say the day after and knowing it is done you feel so much better.just had a molar done 2weeks ago and am I glad that’s over didn’t even use the pain med the dentist prescribed just ibuprofen and it was fine.
    Good luck it will be over before you know and taker it easy for a day and as I was told no straws when drinking water.

  15. Just Plain Brad says:

    Hang in there!!!

  16. mom of three says:

    Both of my kid’s saw the dentist, this pass Friday. My son had his front tooth repaired he had a small crack, and daughter, had a small cavity started. I need and hubby will need to make appointments. Dental floss, and new toothbrushes are not that expensive good oral health, is a must.

  17. I read out on the web somewhere to add coconut oil to your baking soda and oils. They also recommended adding a little Stevia to improve the flavor.

  18. Secret Agent Man says:

    My prayers go with you

  19. Nancy V. says:

    Good luck on your appointment!

    Word of advice: if you don’t like your dentist or doctor, find another one, even 50 miles away. Be willing to pay out of pocket if necessary, it is worth the money. Keep looking- they are out there.

    I had a car accident years ago, and had facial reconstructive surgery. I developed anxiety which triggers an instantaneous “fight or flight” response (combative) to unexpected pain in the face. Finding a doctor who is calm and takes the time explaining the procedure to reduce the anxiety, was the key for me.

    Took awhile and trying several doctors to find the right ones for me. I did it by talking to other injured people. Turns out, what I needed was family-style doctors who also provide care for children. Keep looking!

  20. Chuck Findlay says:

    Instant toothache relief home remedy none better guaranteed fast ! fix!

    Not a first choice, but grid-down or post SHTF this method would be worth knowing about.

    Hard drive space is cheap, I downloaded the video and saved it. Along with hundreds of other videos on things I may need.

  21. My grandfather pulled all his own teeth. He was one tough old man.

  22. Happy Camper says:

    I get an annual check, fix and clean. Costs about $300 a year and my teeth are all great. They have served me well for 40 years and will for another 40.

  23. MD, one of my sons-in-law used baking soda & salt to brush his teeth growing up. They all did, because they couldn’t afford toothpaste. He & all his siblings now have very worn down enamel. His current dentist told him to use just the baking soda, that the salt is too abrasive, & that is what has worn down his enamel. Thought I should share, since not everyone has strong enamel to begin with

  24. Fwiw….if you have a loose tooth it is not that hard to pull it. Provided that it is not a molar or a tooth farther back than your “canines”. The teeth forward of your eye teeth have only a single root. Just keep wriggling it around until it feels really loose, then a simple twist to break the root free and it will pull right out. I have only used a paper napkin to grasp the tooth as I found it does not slip. I have pulled all my own teeth that way that had a single root with no problem and very little or no pain. Granted, you will feel a resistance and a sort of odd sensation or feeling while doing it, but it does work.

    I dunno, maybe it is just me…..but it seems that today everyone is so damm health conscious. Don’t eat this….make sure you use disinfectant……anti bacterial soap….and the list goes on. Well, I got news for those people. I am 76 years old…always patched myself up if I got cut or injured, never used any disinfectant such as iodine or mecurichome. Matter of fact, hardly ever used a band aid. I just grapped whatever was available to stop the bleeding…..handkerchief, clean rag, whatever and never ever had a problem. Broke my ankle one time…..fixed that myseld also…couldn’t have been that major a break as it healed fine, but, I was on crutches for some weeks though.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      This is what it was like throughout most of human history. It may be that way again soon for a growing number of people that just can’t afford health care that the prices are going up faster then a rocket.

      The high health prices work when someone else is paying the bill, like a health provider or the government. When they pay the people providing the health service keep jacking up the price. This works till it doesn’t any more. I think that in the near future government very well may not be able to pay or health providers will not trust them to pay.

      At that point you may see prices drop, but who knows. Thes

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Don’t know why that posted mid-comment???

      At that point you may see prices drop, but who knows. These companies and doctors are not going to like the idea of lowering their prices as they have become quite use to the high income.

      My guess is that good health care providers will move out of the USA and go to a country that has more money to pay them. This in itself is a good reason to get into herbal meds and alternative health.

      Actually I dislike calling herbs alternative meds as most of human history it was normal medical practice. Today’s medical practices are actually the alternative medicine. And a lot of it is actually poison. To prove this turn a TV on and listen to an advertisement for any pill being pushed on us. All of them have nasty, unpleasant and many times deadly effects. They like to call these “side effects” but in truth they are the main effects. They are just not the ones you want.

      • Sw't tater says:

        Already happening,Lost my PCP, closed the office, and its up for sale, used for 12 yrs.

  25. LittleAnniePrepper says:

    Take care, MD. Sending up prayers.

  26. Its the one place I can’t stand pain… I had horrible teeth as a child, ten baby teeth cut out at once when I was 11. Roots weren’t dissolving but the teeth were rotting in my head. I don’t think I could pull’im on my own.

  27. test dummy says:

    I can tell you that it is about the same to pull your own tooth or have it done. The most important thing is to watch for infection. I have used animal meds to keep infection under control.curentley I have a wisdom tooth that broke in half , one side was easy to remove the other will have to wait as it has a root wrapped around my jawbone and I don’t have the 6 thousand dollares the dentist wants to remove that portion remaining. My situation is a bit different as I was born with polops on my lungs so docs can’t(won’t) use regular anesthesia. I have had to become very creative to care for myself as I have never had any health ins. due to this.Now the govtmnt says I need to pay 600 a month for ins. SORRY don’t have it! I had my daughter at home. Bad teeth are less of a problem. Hydrogen peroxide is my friend.

  28. Hey M.D.; How did your dental appointment go? I hope you made it through in good stead.

  29. JP in MT- you certainly nailed it. Imagine that, fedgov being ‘charitable/generous’ w/someone else’s $$$. Yes that’s how the mess started …..the camel put his nose under the tent & our ‘public serpents’ (FDR in 1930’s) let him in. Now the tent is a bloody mess…. Trojan Camel? Regarding dental needs post SHTF, an ounce of prevention is still worth a ton of cure. Dental appt later today, great dentist I found, only charges what ins co pays! He’s worth his weight in gold & novacaine. Just got off phone w/bus ofc regarding upcoming scope job, flat out refuses to discuss their charges….but adamant regarding my costs/pmts & ins info. Asked my ethnicity, should have answered w/an accent! Then I get most favored status? Could have changed spelling of my last name to represent another ethnicity, but ,then ins co wouldn’t like it….imagine this they make more $$$ by paying my bills, guess I chose the wrong line of work…..luv ya’s!!!!

  30. There are likely many alternatives to “standard” daily oral care. I looked into alternatives a couple years ago when I wanted to do away with my 3-11 bag and ran into an article by a dentist who talked about brushing with hydrogen peroxide and Nutrogena fragrance free face soap. He did both at the same time, but I usually do one or the other.

    Since then for travel I carry the face soap bar and with some other changes don’t do the 3-11 bag anymore.

    Still seeing the dentist 2x a year and the hygienist seems to think my teeth are cleaner/healthier than ever.

    You can use salt or baking soda, but for more than a day or two I’ll take the face bar every time. I can say how long a bar last, but it’s a very long time and ends up being a very inexpensive way of doing it.


  31. If you grind your teeth get a night guard,or get rid of the stress that’s makeing you grind your teeth. Also some dental schools preform work At half price.Ive had to be in a chair for a year because of grinding.27 crowns

  32. its really gonna suck for the people that haven’t gotten their wisdom teeth when the shtf, if its very long-term. that’s one tooth emergency you cant prepare for. I don’t have a dental first aid kit, but I have some toothpaste and dental floss stocked up. I need to get more toothpaste and some toothbrushes though. it sounds like a good idea to have that kind of emergency supplies

    • I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed at the same time, and then got dry socket. Probably top 3 the most miserable pain that I’ve experienced in my life. Definitely want an experienced professional working on you, especially when it comes to irrigating that dry socket. So nasty….and so painful.

  33. Axelsteve says:

    My son got some free dental care done in San Fransisco a couple of years ago. It was at a dental school and a program the city ran at the time. They did a good job and he got to goof off in the city for a couple or few days.

  34. Diana Smith says:

    About the soda mixed with sea salt as a toothpaste. The finer grained the salt the better. You can also use uniodized table salt. It’s all sodium chloride anyway, just obtained from different sources. All of the sea salt around here is coarse grained, so I wouldn’t use it on my teeth. It does help remove stuff, but salt is a crystal, with edges and sharp corners, so until it dissolves in the water, it can do a bit of damage over time.

  35. Diana Smith says:

    Can’t agree more with being able to take care of your teeth while you can. My journey with bad teeth began in 1997 with a wisdom tooth the dentist refused to pull because it wasn’t an “emergency”. Unless I could pay her the money up front. By the time I had the money they thing was fully through and didn’t hurt anymore.
    Fast forward 8 years. Working but still can’t afford insurance, especially dental. The wisdom tooth crowded my other teeth and one broke in half. Again, cash up front required, but with the breaking in half, the pressure was off and it didn’t hurt anymore. Learned to live with it, and it has gradually broken off down to the gumline where it doesn’t make trouble.
    Depression of 2008 hit and no insurance, no work. Other stresses and I started clenching my teeth. Hubby did too, but I didn’t know for almost a year. He’s the “suffer in silence” type. Splurged for a mouthguard and bit through it second night.
    Managed to get to a dentist for a cleaning and evaluation in our small town. He let me make payments. Found out that the over chlorinated and over flouridated water from Portland, OR, in the late eighties had weakened my enamal. Now, a parasite they just found in the local water supply was munching on whatever calcium was left in my mouth. This was causing them to break apart more rapidly, and even brushing would make them break apart more. He recommended brushing 2 or 3 times a week with a very mild children’s toothpaste and the softest brush I could find. As teeth broke, he could repair or pull them for eventual replacement.
    Then he went out of business and we moved because our parents were needing help. No more dentist that takes payments.
    Now we work, but don’t really make it on what health insurance leaves on a check. Still no dental insurance. Nothing left to sell to make the funds. Both looking for second jobs, but with a mouth full of teeth falling apart, jobs are scarce for me. Stuff about a “Nice image for the company.”
    So, what am I supposed to do? I’ve already approached every dentist in town (and several nearby) and gotten NO or you can start a “dental savings plan with us.” Not when I don’t have money. Tried socking away $20 here and there, and now brakes need replaced on van. Else we are afoot and walking, and that don’t work.
    Can’t pull on my own. Not enough to get a grip. Roots are still strong, too, nothing loose. Guess I’ll just keep on and deal with it. Maybe I can find one of those dentists willing to trade for food!
    My points are two: Definitely do all you can to take care of your teeth properly until the day you can’t. And, please have a care about deciding who can or cannot afford this stuff. Life doesn’t deal the same with all folk.

  36. kybelboy says:

    Prevention is cheaper than treatment. I have used a, http://hydrofloss.com/ for at least 10 years and rinse with hydrogen peroxide. I see a dentist twice a year for cleaning and a check up. I have had no dental problems related to gums or incomplete teeth cleaning. If you use your teeth as a bottle opener or break one by chomping on a bone, this won’t save you, but all in all, it prevents almost all common dental decay issues. I would still prep for a post shtf situation though.

    • Kybelboy

      I’ve also heard that (as we know) people are different and so are our teeth. I’m almost 40 and only see the dentist once every 2-3 years but do practice regular oral care. I’ve never had a cavity or much of anything wrong. Dentists have told me some are just more susceptible to tooth decay or the like, while others could eat loads of sugar and never get a cavity. Looks like I’m good to go.

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