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Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
23 November 2011, 10:07,
Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
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Dental Preparedness, by Pat

So, what should you pack in your medical kit for dental emergencies? Here are some basics that need to be included:
1. Dental floss- also good for tying things down in a pinch.
2. Dental wax- can be melted down and used to make a candle if needed. Should be a soft type of wax.
3. Some type of Temporary filling material such as Cavit
4. Temporary dental cement such as Den-temp for re-cementing crowns.
5. Cotton pellets for use with;
6. Oil of cloves, which is a substitute for Eugenol
7. A set of dental tweezers
8. Tight fitting latex or vinyl gloves. The mouth carries more bacteria than any place in the body.
What causes a toothache and what should you do about it? A toothache is the result of injury to the nerve of the tooth. This can be the result of trauma or a deep cavity. If the nerve becomes infected, it can result in an abscess, which is an infection of the bone around the tooth that can be extremely painful. Often times an abscess can cause swelling around the tooth. The infection can spread to other parts of the head and neck resulting in difficulty swallowing and even in the ability to breath. This type of infection, if left untreated, can eventually cause an infection of the blood, which can lead to death. Don’t mess around with it.
How do we treat this on our own? First, figure out which tooth is causing the problem. Be sure the area in the tooth is cleaned out. Take a cotton pellet and soak it in Oil of Cloves, and place it in the cavity. Be sure you don’t get it on the soft tissue because it can burn. Other products you can use include Dent’s Toothache Drops, Orajel and Red Cross Toothache Medicine. When you have the cotton in place, cover it up with some Cavit or other temporary dental filling. Emergency dental kits are available from chemists like BOOTS.
For pain, I highly recommend using Brufen and or Paracetamol every 4-6 hours. Be sure to take these with food. If infection is present, an antibiotic should be taken for 5-7 days. Under no circumstances should you place Aspirin on or next to the tooth. It can cause serious burns to the gum tissue.
What about treating gum inflammation, commonly known as gingivitis? This is usually the result of poor oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing can prevent it. If pain and bleeding are taking place, increasing your brushing and flossing can often help. Be sure that you are getting enough Vitamin C in your diet, a deficiency can also have a negative impact on the gums. A side note on gum inflammation: Studies have shown that people with bleeding gums have a substantially higher incidence of heart attack and stroke.
So, you bite into a nice leg of venison and break off a filling, what now? If you have access to a dentist, get to them as soon as possible. If that is not possible, you can use a small amount of temporary filling material such as Cavit to fill the hole. Be sure to bite down on the material while it is soft so it will not interfere with your bite after it hardens. In a pinch you can use some soft dental wax to fill the cavity.
Crowns (caps), inlays and onlays can come out when you eat sticky foods such as caramels or toffy. If the tooth isn’t sensitive, save the restoration and take it to a dentist as soon as you can. If that is not possible, or the tooth is sensitive, it may be necessary to try and re-cement the crown temporarily. To do this, clean out any material on the inside of the restoration. Mix a thin layer of temporary dental cement such as Den-temp and place it inside the restoration. Carefully align the restoration with your tooth and gently bite it down all the way to place. Since the crown is only in temporarily, be very careful about chewing on it, so that you don’t jar it lose and swallow it. See a dentist as soon as possible.
What happens to a tooth if you fall or get hit in the mouth? Usually this can result in injury to the upper front teeth. The teeth can be knocked out of position, either forward or backward. They can be loose or hanging out of their sockets. Or they can be knocked out completely. If possible, see a dentist immediately. If this isn’t possible, the tooth can gently be repositioned to line up with the other teeth. Be aware that this process can be extremely painful. Biting on a piece of gauze gently can help hold it in position. Get to a dentist as soon as you can so that the tooth can be splinted to other teeth.

A tooth that has been completely knocked out is known as an avulsion. The first 30 minutes of a knocked out tooth are the most important. If treated correctly, the tooth can often be saved. If the tooth can be replaced in the socket within the first 30 minutes, there is a good chance that the body will accept it. After about 30 minutes the body will treat it as a foreign object and reject the tooth.

Once the tooth has been found, pick it up by the crown, not the root and gently clean it off using sterile water or milk. Use gauze to stop any bleeding from the socket in the mouth. Gently place the tooth back in the socket and using steady pressure, push it back into place. Have the person use gentle biting pressure on some gauze and get to a dentist ASAP to have the tooth stabilized. If this is unavailable, use a container of sterile saline or milk and get the person to the dentist immediately.
As with any other type of prepping, preparation for dental emergencies is extremely important and needs to be well planned out. The nice thing about preparing for a dental emergency is that it is not very expensive to do. See your dentist regularly, brush and floss, and Keep Smiling.

23 November 2011, 16:29,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
The free download 'Where there is no Dentist'. Link on main site is a good read on Dentistry for us.
Skean Dhude
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. - Charles Darwin
23 January 2012, 14:20,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
Just got back from the dentist. I've had 5 pulled from the left hand side of my nut, back in 2 weeks for 2 more pulling from the right hand side of my nut. Not a very pleasant experience but definitely a necessary one. Figured I'd get the bad ones out and the remainder fixed up before SHTF. I might not be able to chew any bodies arm off but I should be free from dental issues for a while. Kids and wife next.
You have to get up early to catch a fox.
4 August 2012, 09:57,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
I have to go to hospital to get 2 back teeth pulled as I'm to Chicken to let the dentist pull them, Due to smoking the gap in my front teeth is now unreal and depressing me to hell! Seriously thinking of asking the dentist for false teeth, A whole set....So if TSHTF big time, I will have no dental worries...
4 August 2012, 10:08,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
i've got 9 teeth left....hanging on to them as long as a good dentist now..we go every 6 months.
Some people that prefer to be alone arent anti-social they just have no time for drama, stupidity and false people.
4 August 2012, 11:59,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
What about pulling teeth after TSHTF and there is no dentists? Any advice on what is the best and safest way? Smile
4 August 2012, 12:17,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
(4 August 2012, 11:59)Prepaday Wrote: What about pulling teeth after TSHTF and there is no dentists? Any advice on what is the best and safest way? Smile

door, string, tooth, slam Big Grin...old school!

i was laughing when i read the "when there is no dentist" title, i think that already applies, those buggers be laaaaazy Tongue
4 August 2012, 12:17,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"

I must be very lucky. I have no fillings and have only had one tooth out after it was damaged in an accident.

Sailing away, not close to the wind.Heart
4 August 2012, 12:18,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
oh and good article and cheers for mentioning the download SD Smile it takes so long to sift through everything on here!

whoa! how the heck did you manage that TOF? i thought i was special cause i only got my first one a week ago Tongue
4 August 2012, 12:23,
RE: Dental Preparedness by " Pat"
Door and string? Oh, This is why In have to go to hospital to get my teeth pulled, A dentist I USED to go to pulled a back tooth of mine, she had a foot on the chair and pulling like mad red faced and sweating, whilst her assistant held on to my head as it was being ragged all over the place, talk about traumatising !
She was almost swearing as she could not pull my tooth out.
I tried the door and string when I was in my early teens as had an abscess at the weekend, It's funny what we will put ourselfs throught o get rid of pain.

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