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Dental Emergencies

We no longer advise people to apply a small piece of crushed Aspirin to “cauterize” an exposed pulp and dull the nerve pain. This is incredibly painful and likely not to work, indeed, it may worsen the problem or chemically burn the oral tissue. We also removed Eugenol from the dental treatment list, however it is still deemed a viable (but optional) treatment option.

It is used less and less in dentistry because there are better medications available. Effective topical OTC oral pain medications are readily available; Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Acetaminophen, etc.).


These curricula recommendations have been adopted from NOLS Wilderness Medicine and have been edited to conform to the standards
set by Center for Wilderness Safety and the Wilderness Medical Society in accordance with the WMS National Practice Guidelines.

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