Many preppers overlook emergency dental care, focussing instead on a first aid kit. While a good first aid kit is very important, an emergency dental kit is just as necessary. Here we look at what you need to make your own emergency dental kit.
Dental care in a post apocalyptic world isn’t easy, but dealing with rotting or damaged teeth is even more difficult. Our article on post-apocalyptic dental hygiene covers looking after your teeth in a post-apocalyptic world. In this article, we look at the kit you will need to deal with dental emergencies.
When professional dental care is available, you should always use that. This article is intended to help you build your own dental kit to be prepared after the collapse of society.
What Should Be In A Prepper’s Emergency Dental Kit?
- Sterile gloves help reduce the risk of infection when doing any dental work.
- Plaque removal tool kit includes mirror, tweezers and various plaque scrapers. Also useful for applying temporary fillings.
- An elevator, which is used to separate a tooth in preparation for extraction.
- Dental forceps set including various sizes and shapes for different teeth.
- Cotton pads have various uses including cleaning saliva or blood from the mouth during dental work.
- Gauze pads are used for packing the site after a tooth has been extracted.
- Clove oil is an excellent pain reliever for aching teeth and sore gums.
- Orajel is an oral painkiller applied to sore teeth and gums.
- Ibuprofen based painkillers reduce pain and inflammation.
- Temporary filling kit for filling a cavity or replacing a lost filling
- Dental wax is an alternative for temporarily filling a cavity.
How To Use Your Emergency Dental Kit
- Where There Is No Dentist is an excellent book on emergency dental care. It covers a broad range of subjects including identifying common dental problems, making and using dental tools, right through to fillings and extractions. We strongly recommend this book for all preppers.
Dentistry is difficult, and if done badly can cause more damage than it solves. For that reason, you should only consider using your emergency dental kit when there is no alternative.