Don’t Overlook This Important Hygiene Practice After SHTF…

This is the Most Important Hygiene Habit to Maintain in a Long Term Survival Situation

(Modern – 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. Here’s why…

In the event of a world-altering disaster, danger will lurk in unexpected places. Not only will the threat of looters, starvation, and the lack of potable water be ever-present, but the dangers of illness will become far greater as well. In a world where doctors, dentists, and medicine are no longer available, preventive measures will become more important than ever. Oral hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures you can take.

In a SHTF environment, there will be a lot of threats to worry about. Simple daily tasks such as brushing teeth may not seem to be a pressing concern in comparison — until a toothache makes it impossible to eat.

Not only can a toothache make eating difficult, it can also lead to many other issues such as persistent headaches, trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating. If left untreated, dental issues will lead to a bevy of other problems as well.

How Bad Can a Toothache Be?

The pain and discomfort of a toothache are difficult to handle on their own. However, a bad tooth that becomes infected could prove fatal. Infections from a bad tooth can spread to other areas of the body, eventually leading to sepsis if left untreated.

According to, an infected tooth can lead to the following health issues:

  • Fever.
  • Fatigue.
  • Chills.
  • Swelling of the face.
  • Difficulty open mouth, swallowing and even breathing.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Chest pain.
  • Seizures.
  • Death.

In a survival situation, any of these symptoms could not only make surviving more difficult–they might make it impossible. Without a dentist to tend to the tooth and antibiotics to heal the infection, an oral issue becomes potentially deadly.

How to Clean Teeth Even After SHTF

When the toothpaste runs out, there are still ways to maintain oral hygiene. These include:

    • DIY Toothbrush. In bygone days, people would chew the ends of sticks to separate the wood fibers. Once frayed, the stick could be used to scrub the teeth clean. Thin fibers may even serve for floss in a pinch.
    • Rag. Rubbing a piece of cloth over the teeth can remove a lot of build-up. Use water, especially saltwater, as a mouth rinse afterward.
    • Makeshift Toothpick. Thorns and sticks sharpened with a knife make for great toothpicks in a pinch.

No one believes that life in a post-apocalyptic world will be easy. However, as this example has proven, it may be far more difficult than many people imagine.

To see another example of how to survive in a post-collapse world, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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