Perhaps unsurprisingly, a dental kit is not at the top of many people’s packing list for their bug out bag. However, if you are planning to live the survival lifestyle for months on end, you cannot realistically expect the dentistry profession to continue when the rest of society has scaled back.
You, of course, can prevent most dental problems by packing a supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste. You may find yourself in a position, however, where you cannot get enough calcium or someone else in your party suffers a toothache and you will need to perform field dentistry.
As with most survival supply kits, you have the option of buying a ready-made kit or making one yourself from scratch, but in either case, an ideal dental kit should include:
Having a dental kit is fine as you will be well prepared with the right equipment, but you will be at a loss unless you have a basic understanding of how human teeth work and how to repair them. Make sure that when you are looking for how-to books that you find ones that will work without mainstream dentistry equipment. The best book on the market at the moment is called Where There Is No Dentist.
When you are packing your food, for example, you should avoid highly acidic food such as apples and spicy meats, which will erode your tooth enamel. You also avoid stocking up on whitening and tartar control toothpastes as these also make your teeth more sensitive. Sensitive teeth will make it harder to drink cold water or deal with cold weather, both of which will stop you from performing well in survival scenarios.
While it will be important to have a dental kit stashed in your bug out bags along with your survival dentistry, you and your family should practice preventative dental care. Combining good dental health habits with nutritious food, you might minimize your need for the higher-level dental care.