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Backpacker Magazine – November 2009

The Ultimate First-Aid Manual: Dental Emergencies

Soothe tooth pain with these helpful remedies.

by: Buck Tilton


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The Ultimate First-Aid Manual
Wilderness Medicine Institute cofounder Buck Tilton boils down a lifetime's worth of experience into 62 tips

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From splinting a broken leg to duct taping a bloody wound, the BACKPACKER First Aid Center is an invaluable resource for backcountry first aid.

Toothache Rinse your mouth with a solution of half a teaspoon of salt and eight ounces of water several times a day. If pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, and swelling exist, get to a doctor–it could be an abcess.

Broken tooth Rinse the tooth thoroughly with drinking water, then protect the sensitive nerve by placing a chewed piece of gum over the break. Apply a cold-water bladder to the patient's cheek to reduce swelling, and take ibuprofen for the pain. Hike out to your dentist.

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Ron
Nov 03, 2010

I have heard that clove oil is a great natural alternative for tooth pain.

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