Source: Ready Nutrition, by Joshua Krause
As far as preppers are concerned, the majority of you guys and gals have already probably stored up about a half a pallet of toothbrushes and toothpaste for shtf dental emergencies. Yes? No? Well, in any event we’re going to cover some field-expedient methods to clean up the teeth. The reason for this is that it’s hard enough in a normal environment to keep those teeth cleaned and healthy. In a grid down collapse, there will be no dentist and there are going to be a lot of problems that will affect the teeth and gums, so the more you know about oral hygiene now, the better.
Firstly, it is in your best interest to pick up the reference guide entitled, “Where There is No Dentist,” by Murray Dickson. It will be money well-spent, as it covers all of the different procedures to follow for abscesses, tooth extraction, and other “niceties” of oral care when you will not find a dentist, as the title suggests. A manual such as this is just what your preparedness library needs.
Alternatives to Toothpaste
That being mentioned, what about things such as toothpaste and floss? Well, many of your aromatic mints can be crushed up and used as toothpaste, such as spearmint and peppermint. Follow this up with baking soda, and you’ll find a good clean set of teeth after brushing. Charcoal powder is also an excellent dental cleanser, as well, a strong salt water solution will also be of use. Cloves, in particular are good for swollen or abscessed gums, and clove oil itself can be used as a topical analgesic with excellent results and can easily be made.
To Make Clove Oil: Dried cloves can also be chopped up to be placed in a jar with 50% ethyl alcohol. Make sure you cover over the pile of chopped cloves by about ¼ inch. Tightly close the jar, and shake it vigorously several hundred times a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Keep the clove mixture in a cool, dark place, and after two weeks, you’ll have your solution. Cloves contain eugenol, which is both an anesthetic and an antimicrobial. Don’t drink it. Use it as an oral rinse: a more effective one than most supermarket-brand mouthwashes. It can also help to prevent and to aid with swollen gums.
Keep this rule in mind: The main causes for tooth problems are poor nutrition and then poor hygiene.
This does pose a problem, and there are certain foods that can do a number on your teeth. This will be a challenge for you to be able to find not just food, but healthy and nutritious food after a collapse. Vitamin C is necessary to prevent scurvy, a disease of the gums that eventually leads to tooth loss if unchecked. Protein deficiencies are also a big problem that can cause teeth to loosen and gums to rot. Clean water is very important, not just for the care of the teeth, but also to prevent any microorganisms from entering an already unhealthy oral cavity post SHTF. Boil the water for at least 3 to 5 minutes after you have strained and filtered it in every way that you can.