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
- Soft dental floss
- Orajel or other dental pain reliever
- Advil, or Motrin
- Clove Oil (pain relief)
- Rubber gloves (some people are allergic to latex)
- Dental wax
- 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…