When You Can’t Get to the Dentist: A Basic Guide for Dental Emergencies

Have you ever thought about how you would handle a dental emergency if you couldn’t make it to a dentist? In the case of an unforeseen disaster, dental health is a real concern and it’s something you should be thinking about ahead of time so you are adequately prepared if a dental problem arises. As you stock up your medical supply kit, don’t overlook these important dental supplies.


Keep a pack of toothbrushes in your bug out bag and make sure you have a good supply of toothbrushes in your medical kit too. Even if you don’t have access to toothpaste, a toothbrush can dental cleaning a lot easier. Pick up a few extra toothbrushes at the dollar store or save up the toothbrushes you get at each dental visit and stash them in your emergency medical supplies.


Stash a few travel sized tubes of toothpaste in your medical kit and in your bug out bag. If you find yourself in a situation where you run out of toothpaste or simply don’t have any on hand, you can easily make your own by creating a paste out of baking soda and water.


There is a good reason for all your dentist’s reminders to floss! When you floss your teeth, it prevents plaque buildup at the gumline. Ultimately, flossing will help prevent cavities and gingivitis, which are both painful problems to endure when the dentist isn’t around to help. Floss is really inexpensive and you can even buy it in bulk at your local big box store. Make sure you stock up so your family will never run out of this essential dental care supply.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide should already be included in your medical kit, but make sure you have enough of it for many uses. In a pinch, you can use a solution of peroxide and water as a mouthwash to kill bacteria.

Emergency Tooth Repair Kit

Check online to find a crown repair kit or your own emergency dental filling pack. While this is obviously not advised for regular dental care, in an emergency situation, it could stop a painful problem and prevent dangerous infection.

Dental Mirror

Grab a dental mirror during your next trip to the pharmacy and stash it in your medical kit. If you or your loved one is having a painful toothache, a dental mirror can make it much easier to see the problem up close and figure out what is causing the pain.

Relieving Toothache Pain in An Emergency

If you face a terrible toothache and you can’t get to a dentist, there are several things you can do to ease discomfort. First, try placing a tea bag on the aching tooth or packing the tea bags around the area of pain. This can ease pain and the tannin in tea will even reduce inflammation.

Essential oils can also be helpful in an emergency. Clove oil or oil or oregano are both helpful in easing toothache pain. Just mix 2 or 3 drops of the oil with a teaspoon of olive oil, then soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Apply the cotton ball to the painful tooth and you should experience some relief.

Gargling with salt water is a great way to relieve tooth pain or even a sore throat. Swish some warm salt water to help prevent infection and ease soreness from dental problems. If all else fails, try using ice packs to relieve pain and swelling. Apply a cold pack to the sore area intermittently and it should help numb the pain at least temporarily.

Preventative Care is Key 

The most important thing you can do is get proper dental care now to prevent problems in the future. Even if a trip to the dentist is expensive, it can be a life saving decision to prevent painful tooth decay and gum disease in the future. Take advantage of proper dental care while it is available. You won’t be sorry!

Do you have other ideas for natural relief of toothache pain?

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I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

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