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Week 10 of 52: Dental Preparedness (List 1)
Posted By Tess Pennington
On July 8, 2011 @ 2:26 pm
Category: 52 Weeks to Preparedness
How many of us have dental supplies on hand? I’m guessing not very many of us. Dental emergencies can hit out the blue. Without a warning, pain and soreness can occur in the gums or teeth and cause an extreme amount of discomfort. Ensuring that you have some dental supplies on hand can help maintain healthy teeth and gums and assist in not further aggravating any existing dental problems.
Be proactive and take the time to schedule regular dental visits and develop good dental hygiene habits, and in doing this, it will ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. When your family dentist suggests elective procedures, take the opportunity to the extra mile for your teeth because the last thing you would want to face during a disaster scenario is a dental emergency. Two proactive solutions to maintain good oral health is to floss regularly and to invest in a water pick.
Anticipating a dental emergency is difficult to say the least, but, there are seven likely dental emergencies that could affect your health in a long-term emergency. To learn more about them, click here . I cannot stress how important it is to take your oral health seriously, and failure to treat a dental emergencies could result in one of the following:
Dental experts have suggested there is a correlation between overall health and oral health. As a result, those that have a healthy diet tend to have healthier teeth and gums. Consequently, vitamins play a vital roll in oral health too. These 7 vitamins  would be essential to have in a long-term emergency. In addition to a regimen of vitamins, having natural alternatives to turn to when dealing with oral pain would also be beneficial. Some natural alternatives to look into would be:
If a long-term disaster situation were to occur, many people would face malnutrition, be vitamin deficient, and have poor dental hygiene, as a result, they could face some painful dental repercussions that may become life threatening. Here are some dental preps to purchase this week:
1. Go to the dentist and get an annual check-up and cleaning.
2. Start taking a vitamin regimen  that will assist in oral health.
3. Begin brushing your teeth for at least 1-2 minutes, and teach your children to do the same.
4. Floss at least once daily.
5. Read your dental emergency resource to be familiar with treatment plans.
6. Read a dental emergency resource to be familiar with treatment plans.
Note: If you plan to have older adults staying with you during a short or long-term disaster, do not forget to anticipate their dental needs.
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals . When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years. Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com .
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 Dental emergency resource: http://hesperian.org//10408695.php
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