Post-SHTF dental care
In a normal situation, dental emergencies are more painful than they are medically serious. However, when SHTF you need to be able to handle minor dental issues on your own to prevent infections or diseases.
When you have gum disease, bacteria from your mouth may enter your bloodstream. This produces a protein that makes your blood thicken, meaning clots are more likely to form. If your heart doesn’t get the nutrients and oxygen it needs, you have an increased risk of a heart attack.
You may face various kinds of dental issues when disaster strikes, but the items in these kits should help you address them.
Basic dental emergency kit
This kit contains common items that can treat many basic dental emergencies. Keep this in your survival gear at all times.
- Gloves – Keep a pair of medical gloves in your kit. You can also use a pair of thin gloves. As an added precaution, use vinyl gloves instead of latex gloves which may trigger a latex allergy.
- Light source – You’ll need a light source, like a candle, flashlight, or the sun, and a small mirror so you can properly see the wound you are trying to treat.
- Salt water – A salt water solution is a simple yet effective antiseptic and antibacterial. This can be used to wash out any wound with or without debris. Make this at home by adding several tablespoons of salt to a tall glass of water. Mix well.
- Small mirror – If you don’t have a small mirror, use a clean spoon to get a closer look at the wound. Never use a shard of mirror because you could cut the gum or cheek by accident.
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