When you are packing for your family's summer camping trip this year, it is vital that you bring along some dental items. If you will be a long way from civilization, then it is important for you to be prepared to handle minor dental problems and emergencies yourself until you can seek dental services.
When you are packing for your camping trip this summer, include each of these items in your bag:
Even if you are not in the habit of flossing your teeth, you should pack dental floss with your toothbrush and toothpaste for your camping trip. Dental floss can be used to remove stuck popcorn kernels from your fireside popcorn snacks, and it can even be used to sew your sleeping bag shut if the zipper breaks.
Instead of packing those small salt packets designed for camping, pack a canister of salt for your camping trip. You can use the salt when cooking, and you can also use it as a rinse if someone develops dental pain during your trip.
Chemically-Activated Cold Packs
Since you may not have access to any ice after the first couple of days of your camping trip, you should take along a couple chemically-activated cold packs. These cold packs can be used on your cheek if you have a dental emergency, and they can be used on sprained ankles and insect bites as well.
Sterile Gauze Pads
When you will be away in the woods, you should also take along a package of sterile gauze pads. The gauze pads can be used to absorb blood if someone loses a tooth, and they can be used for any cuts and scrapes.
Clove oil is a natural pain reliever that has been used for centuries for dental pain. If one of your family members breaks a tooth and has pain during your trip, then you can soak a gauze pad in clove oil and they can apply it to the painful area.
A Small Zipper Bag
A small plastic zipper bag is necessary during your trip if someone has a tooth knocked out. Place the tooth into the zipper bag with some milk and find a dentist as soon as possible to reattach the tooth.
Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
Finally, you should always pack an over-the-counter pain reliever in your emergency dental bag when you go camping. The medication can be used for dental pain and any other pain that shows up during your trip.