I am Dr. GrumpyMarine. I spent thirteen months dodging bullets in Viet Nam, that made me a little paranoid. Becoming a prepper naturally followed.
I will be giving you some advice about what you can buy at a drug store before the lights go out. In addition, I will be giving you some practical advice on avoiding oral pain and discomfort.
But you don’t want to be in the aftermath of a hurricane with roads out and no electricity with a severe toothache! Prevention is the only practical answer. Most people think that if there is no pain or symptoms . . . everything is OK. Not so, the main dental emergencies are caused by decay invading into the tooth’s nerve or by periodontal disease, finally causing puss that does not drain. Even if you have stockpiled antibiotics, these problems will not be cured. You will need to see a dentist eventually to extract the tooth or do even more expensive procedures. Suffering is bad enough that some people consider suicide!
So to be a good prepper you need to invest some money at the dental office. Ask your neighbors for a referral. After an exam get the basic treatment. You don’t always need the most expensive crowns, just get rid of infected teeth and gum tissue. I will go into alternative treatment later.
What can you buy at the drug store to prepare? Not much. For sores benzocaine is the active ingredient that temporarily gives you relief. The other item is temporary cement that will help keep loose fillings and crowns that have may have come loose. This cement contains ingredients that will sooth the tooth and maybe give you a month of relief. Don’t chew on the repair, it is weak cement! Both of these items are found in a drug store’s dental section for less than ten dollars.
Next time I will tell you how to have healthier gums (mouthwash won’t help).
photo by: Conor Lawless