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There are few things in life that can alter physical, mental and emotional states as quickly as a severe toothache. Assuming the offending tooth needs to be removed due to either infection or trauma, it would be prudent to seek the services of a qualified professional. However, if the SHTF prepper has a chopper or two go bad during economic collapse or some other troubling or challenging period of time, there are a few things he of she should know.
First of all, and I stressed this in my last message, ANY prepping for future catastrophic events should include preventative dental care. Make no assumptions about what kind of dental services might be available after the fact. It is imperative that necessary oral care be provided BEFORE Congress welches on our national debt.
Here is the bottom line on removing teeth. I’ve been doing it for almost 35 years, and I would be lying if I told you that I thought I could unload one of my own without proper instruments and sufficient local anesthetic. Without “novocaine,” taking out an infected or acutely inflamed permanent tooth would be more difficult that using a pliers to remove one of your fingernails. Even if you managed to remove a portion of the tooth, whatever remains will still provide a nice dinner for every bacteria that enters your mouth. Post-extraction infection can be life-threatening, especially if the source of that infection is still nestled in your jaw bone. Even the most potent antibiotics wouldn’t control the infection for long.
Instead of trying to treat yourself with whiskey and a rusty pliers, you might consider including a dentist and his/her family in your SHTF prepping circle. Many of these circles have already made arrangements for medical care by physician preppers, but I wouldn’t recommend counting on a physician to effectively deal with dental-related problems. Go the extra mile, especially if you have children, and secure the services of a licensed dental professional…and pray that you never have to seek those services under extenuating circumstances.
Yours in Good Dental Health,