Home Tooth Care
Dentists are likely to be a thing of the past if the SHTF, and even if nothing happens, a lot of us simply cannot afford the astronomical prices dentists charge. Just a checkup can cost $50 to $100, and other services such as tooth extraction and fillings cost even more.
Obviously, if there’s any way you can get dental care, you should. Your teeth are irreplaceable, and a dental infection can become life threatening if left untreated.
But what if there’s just no possible way to get dental care?
Fortunately, there are some things you can do on your own if no dental treatment is available to you. These treatments aren’t ideal, and they should be temporary. Seek dental care as soon as you can.
Toothache Home Remedy
A toothache is one of the most unbearable forms of general pain there is. Even minor tooth pain can drive you crazy. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce it considerably.
Here are a few ways to get rid of a toothache:
- Orajel – Orajel, if available, is perhaps the best remedy there is for a toothache. It’s inexpensive, so it’s a very good idea to stock up on it, if possible.
- NSAIDs – NSAIDs like Ibuprofin and naproxen sodium can reduce inflammation, which is the primary cause of pain, as well as relieving the pain itself.
- Clove Oil – Clove oil is extremely beneficial for relieving toothache pain, but it can also burn the gums so it’s important to be extremely careful with it. It can also destroy the root of the tooth, so keep that in mind. You can dilute it with a little olive oil if it’s too strong for you. You can also bite down on a whole clove if you don’t have any clove oil.
Home Treatment of Cavities
If you have a cavity, it will only get worse over time if you don’t get it filled. But you can use a temporary tooth filler, if you have access to one. DenTemp OS is one brand that works well, and it contains Eugenol (clove oil) to dull pain as well as filling the hole.
You can also temporarily fill a cavity with a small ball of softened wax, or a small piece of chewed sugarless gum, but these aren’t likely to last long.
Here’s a video on making your own tooth filler:
One of the best things you can use as a toothpaste is coconut oil. It’s a natural antimicrobial agent, and it is said that it can even help repair damaged enamel and even remove cavities.
Baking soda, mixed with water or coconut oil, is another great toothpaste. It helps neutralize the acids that come from the foods we eat that can damage teeth.
Crushed cacao nibs are a great abrasive than can clean your teeth and promote remineralization. This is one item that’s great for prepping, because in addition to being great for teeth, cacao nibs are also useful for cooking when you don’t have other forms of chocolate available!
If you don’t have any way to make toothpaste, you can also just chew the end of a pencil-sized twig from a birch, sassafras, willow, or blackgum tree until natural bristles form and use that to brush your teeth. My paternal grandmother taught me this when I was a kid, and I never forgot it. It does work well.
Tooth jumping is a technique used in Appalachia (and other parts of the world) that is a simpler alternative to pulling teeth. In tooth jumping, a chisel is placed at the base of the tooth near the gumline and then quickly and firmly tapped with a hammer, resulting in the tooth popping (jumping) out of its setting.
This technique is dangerous and can do more harm than good if you damage other teeth in the process, but as a last resort, it can be helpful.