What is the most important hygiene habit to maintain if you’re in a long term survival situation?
• Washing face
• Brushing teeth
• Washing groin
• Washing feet
Answer: Brushing Teeth
Brushing your teeth is the most important hygiene habit to maintain if you’re in a long term survival situation. Here’s why…
Good dental hygiene should be a daily habit as it helps keep bacteria under control. It’s even more crucial in a long term survival situation because supplies may be limited and your local dentist may not be around.
There are a couple of things you can do to help keep your teeth and gums clean. Here are a few examples of what you can do and use for oral hygiene in a long term survival situation:
- Makeshift toothbrush – separate the wood fibers using a knife or chewing on the end of a stick. This will help keep your teeth clean. You can even use the wood fibers as floss (if thin enough).
- Wiping with a cloth – Rubbing cloth on your teeth and rinsing your mouth with water can help. Be sure to use your finger and dig deep to try and get all areas of your mouth.
- Toothpick thorns – use thorns as toothpicks as a floss substitute when possible.
While there are many home remedies that can be used to keep your teeth and gums clean aside from your average toothbrush and toothpaste, we’re more focused on outdoor and SHTF scenarios.
These methods may also come in handy when you’ve run out of toothpaste or just simply forgot to pack these items.
It’s important to take the necessary steps to keep your teeth clean. Oral hygiene prevents cavities, bad breath, and dangerous bacteria from building which can spread to the sinuses, blood and brain.
Having an oral infection during a survival situation doesn’t sound like fun, especially if you need a tooth extracted without anesthesia and a pair of pliers.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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