If there is one area of survival that most people overlook it is probably survival dentistry. Who can blame them? It is not as glamorous as learning to do survival medical procedures and not as accessible as learning to do cooking on an open fire.
But the truth of the matter is if you should find yourself in any kind of long term survival situation, for whatever reason, a dental problem can be all consuming in a short amount of time. If you ever watched the Tom Hanks film “Lost” you might recall his character had to remove a bad tooth with an old ice skate. Let us hope you don’t get reduced to that kind of desperation.
If you want a good idea of the prevalence of dental needs in an emergency situation you need go no further than the fact that 11% of all military disease and non-battle injury (DNBI) seen during Vietnam was dental in nature. In view of this discovery, the U.S. military have increased the amount of dental support for the forward line of troops in all of today’s military campaigns.
These military statistics point to the need to have as much dental information as possible as a part of your over-all preparations for any kind of emergency situation.
Lucky for you, we have got you covered when it comes to all the information you may need to add survival dentistry to your overall emergency preparedness. If you have never thought of adding a dental component to your emergency preparations, you might want to consider taking a look at our Listing for a Dental First Aid Kit as your first step.
If you have already put a dental first aid kit together and are simply looking for a clear guide to survival dentistry, our Guide to Home Dental Care will take care of that for you.
Finally, our Personal Dentistry Without Dentists is a great all around background document you might want to print out and keep handy with your Dental First Aid Kit. It is the perfect document to use as a reference for just about anything in the way of a dental emergency or even ongoing dental care that can be done from home.
These three booklets can take care of just about any survival dentistry or emergency situation anyone can come up with and answer such basic questions as:
- What kinds of tools do I need to do dentistry from home?
- What is the best way to remove a tooth?
- How can I treat common problems like tooth scale at home?
- What is the best approach to teach my kids to care for their teeth?
Fast and prompt treatment should be given to toothache, pain from tooth eruption or something more serious like a broken jaw or a abscessed tooth patient but what happens if a situation like this occurs when you're out in woods for a vacation? What to do during Dental Emergencies will show the exact steps to be taken for different problems related to teeth.