Excruciating Dental Pain ~ don’t let it get you down…
There are few pains worse than dental pain. In fact, a lot of women claim that problems with dental abscesses and tooth infections have been more painful than childbirth!
I’m not sure I’d agree with that, but I do know that dental pain can be extremely intense and chronic.
If you’re suffering from tooth pain, you should, of course, see your dentist as soon as possible. But it isn’t always easy to get an appointment exactly when you need one.
That’s why I’ve put together this list of quick fixes you can use to soothe the affected area and ensure dental pain doesn’t get you down..
1. Natural Extracts
Natural extracts of almond, peppermint, clove (especially clove) and lemon oil can all help to provide temporary relief from tooth pain.
All you have to do is dip a Q-tip into your chosen oil and then hold the end against the painful area for a few minutes.
If you have it, clove oil is probably the best option because it numbs the area very effectively. However, you do have to exercise caution with it because it can also burn if you aren’t careful!
Garlic has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and most of us have it in our kitchens. So it’s the perfect quick fix for dental pain.
To use garlic, you will need to grind it into a fine paste and mix it with a little coarse salt before applying it to the sore part of your gums/mouth.
Ginger, as you can see at Healthline, has very similar properties to garlic, and it has the added benefit of being more palatable in its raw form.
It’s also easier to use because all you have to do is chew on a raw piece measuring about an inch cubed. You can repeat this as many times as necessary.
A lot of people scoff about acupuncture, but it does bring a lot of relief. Check it out at Acupuncture that Works. Acupuncture can be used to treat dental pain.
So, if you can’t get in to see the dentist quickly, but your local acupuncturist is free, it could be worth a try.
If you don’t have any lemon oil to hand, but you do have lemons, it could be worth using them to get a little relief. It certainly won’t be the most pleasant experience you’ll ever have due to the sourness of lemon juice.
However, the large quantities of both Vitamin C and citric acid in the fruit will help to kill off bacteria and boost your immune system.
Just cut your lemons into slices and bite on them, swishing the juice around your mouth.
6. Hot Water and Salt
In the tradition of saving the best ‘til last, I present to you hot water and salt. Mix a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle with it as often as you want to take away the worst of the pain.
As I said, these are only temporary fixes, and you should see a dentist to have the problem treated. But in a pinch, they will give you the relief you need.