Monday, January 5, 2009

Taking Care Of Your Teeth

Should the SHTF there will most likely not be a dentist available, that is why it is even more important to take good care of your teeth now. Nothing is more debilitating than a toothache; not only that but any resulting infection could possibly be fatal if not treated properly.

Normal daily routine:

Brushing - this should go without saying. AT MINIMUM twice daily, preferably three times a day (morning, Noon, night). Use a baking soda based toothpaste. Brush gently in small circles and be sure to BRUSH YOUR TONGUE (Most bacteria hides there).

Flossing - should be done once a day, realistically I do this about 5 times a week. If you don't floss and you have continual bad breath, you need to start. Most of the reason for bad breath is people not flossing.

Antiseptic mouthwash - I use it after I brush, but I would use it a minimum of once a day. Use it after you floss to flush out all the crap the floss loosens up.

Yearly routine:

Dental appointments - You should get a cleaning twice a year; once a year is the absolute MINIMUM. They should do x-rays to check for hidden cavities and do a thorough cleaning. Do not skimp on visiting the dentist as it will cost you more in the long run when things start to "hurt".

Supplies to have on hand for the SHTF:

Extra toothbrushes - you should change your toothbrush at least every six months.

Plenty of toothpaste - Baking soda can be substituted, just make sure you stockpile some.

Plenty of floss - has a myriad of uses beside dental so keep plenty on hand.

Some type of painkiller - like Tylenol or Advil, you'll thank me when the toothache starts. If you can stock some topical anesthetic like Ambesol or will help.

Dental wax - have some on hand to use a filling replacement should a filling fail. Place and form the wax to keep debris out of the sensitive area of your tooth.

...that is all.

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  1. If you are not sure if your brushing is up to par there is a product for kids called "Inspector Hector Plaque Detector". It colors the plaque so kids can see to brush it off. If you have less that perfectly straight teeth it might be a good idea to try some and see where the trouble areas are. Surprises kids (and adults) how much they missed. : )

    Also hydrogen peroxide can be used as a mouthwash - usually half water and half peroxide. If the gums are inflamed or a mouth sore it will really help. There is an odd taste, esp. if used straight. Dentist had my Dad use this rinse (many years ago) when he was having dental problems & mom continued as needed as it is cheap.

    The kids dentist recommends those floss holders - makes it easier to see what you are doing. Disposables are pretty cheap, just don't let the kids use them as Lego bows.

  2. Ugh, I HATE the dentist.... Torturers they are! Good advice Flea.

  3. This is some of the best and most practical advice I have seen on any of these blogs. It should be obvious, but it isn't.

    Dental problems can be debilitating and can take you out of the fight pretty quick. Your teeth will give you trouble, guaranteed, if you don't take care of them.

    I'm a former Navy Corpsman and have worked in the medical field for 26 years. There are lots of guys like me out there plus doctors, physician's assistants (PA), nurses EMTs etc. You can likely find someone to treat most things that come up. I have never heard of an EMDT. There are far less dental professionals out there. Mayberry said he hates the "torturer dentists", but how'd you like your auto mechanic pulling a tooth in a TEOTWAWKI situation? THAT'S scary!

    Good advice, Flea. I'm making an appointment now.

  4. If you don't floss because you don't like putting your fingers into your mouth, visit to see these handy Gripit Floss Holders. They come with their own floss supply that can be refilled from local drug and grocery stores.

  5. A dental mirror and plaque scraper (like the dentist uses)are also good things to have on hand. They can be used for more than just checking for tooth problems and cleaning plaque.

    Severe dental ploblems can be life threatening. A broken tooth will more than likely form an abscess as the root rots if left untreated. If the infection gets into the skull\jawbone, it can literaly eat the bone away and poison you.

  6. Your smile is an important part of the impression you leave people with, long after you leave a room.