An Emergency Dental Kit


Most of us at one time or another have experienced a dental emergency – and it’s something that’s hard to forget because of the associated discomfort and pain! Dental pain can be caused by a variety of emergency conditions ranging from toothaches, a loose crown, a cracked tooth, or a broken or lost filling.

Sudden dental pain can be very intense, and you will do ‘anything’ to stop it – if you could…

While many of us are prepared with emergency First Aid Kits, how many are prepared with a subset which can deal with sudden dental pain? When there is no dentist (on a trip, vacation, camping, hiking, boating, or post-SHTF), an emergency dental kit may be your best temporary relief alternative until a more permanent solution to the problem can be had.

An emergency dental kit will typically come with step-by-step instructions (usually illustrated) on how to treat the most common dental emergencies (such as a temporary filling).

Look for a kit which includes the following items:

Temporary Cement
Temporary Filling
Toothache Drops
Dental Wax
Denture Repair Material
Dental Floss
Sanitizing Wipes

You might also consider acquiring extra refills if you’re building a preparedness inventory.

Again, many of us might not be properly equipped with an emergency dental kit. For example, when I recently discovered that Tom over at is now carrying dental kits, I realized that I don’t have one in the Truck (to compliment the existing First Aid Kit that I have). I do have a dental emergency kit at home, but I realized that while out traveling is probably even more important to have one – when you’re further away from your own local dentist.

In any event, I thought I would put the notion out there for your preparedness consideration (and to plug Tom’s kit ;) ).

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  1. There also is a tooth sensitivity tape available I think Crest puts out.

    When I went primitive camping too far away from civilization, I chewed wintergreen leaves growing wild, and chewed willow bark for relief of tooth and gum pain. As with all dental infections, antibiotics will also stop it and relieve most of the pain until you see a dentist or visit Tom Hanks and don’t forget to bring an ice skate :-)

  2. He doesn’t know it yet, but my dentist is in my bug-out-bag. Actually, he has a cabin about 300 yards from me. All I have to worry about is getting him out of the city if need be.

  3. A few years back I was preparing to climb Kilimanjaro, and my dentist gave me lots of supplies for a dental emergency kit. It was too much to actually bring it all with me, but the lesson here is consider asking your dentist for advice on this topic…

  4. Great article.

    For emergency pain relief from severe mouth injuries (smashed teeth, etc) mix equal portions of liquid Maalox and liquid Benadryl (they still make it for kids) slosh around mouth–the SPIT OUT, DO NOT SWALLOW.

    Both ingredients are non prescription and this really works. It deadens the mouth.

    Keep a small bottle of each in your kit.

    1. colt triarii — well that is an interesting combo..
      an antihistamine and a stomach med…
      I will have to get some and try it…

      wonder why those two work that way

    2. After reading your suggestion, I hunted for info on the mix, and found quite a bit…

      Quite a few suggestions, had no idea. Great to know.

      One site, it was recommended by Doctor for sore throat gargle.
      gargle with hot salt water to clean and comfort her throat
      after she did it that it made her tongue numb and her throat was stinging, tingling, and more painful.. Within five minutes, she could hardly feel her throat

      A Benadryl and Maalox mixture may be given. Add 1/2 tsp Benadryl to 1/2 tsp of Maalox. In children under the age of 4 place the mixture in the front of mouth after meals. In children ages 4 and up mix equal amounts of Benadryl and Maalox and use as a mouthwash after meals.

      There’s no shortage of home remedies for canker sores (aphthous ulcers). We’ve picked out a few of the better known ones explain how they’re used. They include:

      Milk of magnesia and Benadryl® Tannin (tea bags) Alum (styptic pencils) Silver nitrate Peroxide rinses Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures (yogurt) Herbal remedies
      try mixing it with an equal amount of Benadryl® Allergy liquid (diphenhydramine 12.5mg/5ml) (one teaspoonful or so of each). Swish with this mixture (and then spit it out) as often as four to six times a day. (McBride 2000)

      Treating your sore with tea can help to reduce the amount of pain it causes.
      With this method, you place a moist-to-wet tea bag over your sore for several minutes. You can use the same bag over again for several applications.

      Just use a plain, regular “black” tea bag (the kind usually used to make iced tea). The effective agent it contains is tannin (an astringent).
      Silver nitrate can be used to help to deaden the pain from ulcers. It’s applied via the use of a silver nitrate “stick” (available in pharmacies). (McBride 2000)

      The application process itself stings. The idea is that this treatment transforms the canker sore into a different, less painful, type of wound that then ultimately heals (chemical cauterization). In some cases, this approach may create a wound that takes longer to heal than the original sore itself.

      Tea made from goldenseal root has also been suggested as a remedy. Swish-and-spit the tea or else dampen a small swatch of cloth with it and then place the cloth over your canker sore. Goldenseal is both an astringent and antiseptic.

      In similar fashion, the herb sage can be used to create a tea, or mix tea tree oil and water (1 to 10 ratios) and rinse once or twice a day with it.

      1. One of the kids who grew up in our neighborhood with our kids, got his mouth smashed in an attack.

        The Emergency Room gave him general pain medicine that did not work.

        This equal liquid Maalox and liquid Benadryl mixture, sloshed around the mouth and spit out, worked for him until he saw a Dental surgeon. He was very happy. He said it made it where he didn’t feel anything.

  5. For us full denture wearing fossils:
    I have a good dental plan and when I was eligible, I had a whole set of teeth made…just in case. My cost was a few hundred dollars, but that is cheap “insurance” to have an entire spare set.

  6. Tooth decay is something I seldom think about after the SHTF. The only treatment if you don’t have a dentist with you is extraction. When I was in Africa some years back American and European dentists volunteered to help some poor Africans. The patient would lie face up on a wooden table and the doc would get them all doped up with some heavy duty pain killer. The patient was out. Then the doc would work real fast and use a small chisel and hammer and bust up the tooth and then quickly dig out the fragments with a dental tool. The patient woke up in a lot of pain. Of course all the poor Africans that came for treatment had severe tooth decay. The only treatment was extraction. After the SHTF tooth decay will be a real serous problem. I think when the SHTF I will avoid sugar and brush my teeth every day after every meal. The prospect of letting one of my fellow preppers extract one of my teeth is a scary proposition.

  7. Having the skill set and equipment to extract teeth will be a valuable skill set. There are some good youtube videos on tooth extraction and Amazon has the necessary dental tool available to acquire. Best of lucky when SHTF.

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