talk about preps theyre usually talking about
things like ammunition and food both of which, obviously,
are good things to keep handy in the event the SHTF. But, itll
also be good to keep your teeth otherwise youll have
trouble eating that food and the ammunition you use
to down those deer wont do you much good without a blender.
And a straw.
Not only that.
An abscess can be just as lethal (only slower and more painful)
than a gunshot wound. There is strong scientific evidence that a
correlation exists between tooth decay/bacteria in ones mouth
and other, more serious ailments. Dentists will not be easy to find
in a SHTF scenario, so avoiding or at least, putting off
the need to find one in a SHTF scenario is arguably
just as important as having sufficient food and ammo.
So, buy toothpaste.
And extra toothbrushes.
tube for a month, two packs of floss for a month and one new toothbrush
every six months. Get enough for a year ahead at least. All this
stuff keeps effectively indefinitely, so theres no downside
to stocking up. Worst case best case, actually you
have pre-bought items that are certain to get more costly in the
months and years ahead, even if the S does not H the F. And unlike
MREs which you may never eat if the S doesnt H the
F you will use that toothpaste, floss and spare brushes.
theres TP. Dont forget TP, whatever you do. Sanitation
is absolutely crucial to surviving, long-term (and even short-term)
in a SHTF scenario. Corn cobs wont cut it. Theres a
reason why the average person died in his 40s in the 18th century:
Filth. Which leads to disease. Which leads to death. TP will
help keep things clean which will help keep you and yours
alive as well as comfortable. Like toothpaste and floss,
TP also has the virtue of being imperishable. Theres no harm
in stocking up. And potentially, much to be gained.
smart to think about what you might do if the plumbing stops working
because city waters off (or you cant run your
well pump regularly). If you live in a rural area or at least have
some backyard, a necessary as Thomas Jefferson
called them will be something to consider. You absolutely
do not want to you-know-what where you live.
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