There’s nothing quite like the pain of infected teeth or gums. With other ailments, you can work through the pain, lie down and forget about it for a while, or find other relief, but you just can’t get away from the pain in your mouth. So what can you do when this happens?
As you’ve built your homestead, you’ve no doubt tried to think of everything you’ll possibly need for healthy, comfortable living. As a result, you no doubt have an herb garden where you grow delicious herbs that have numerous healing properties. Your garden could be the key to relief.
Ginger and Cayenne Paste
Grab some ginger root and a cayenne pepper from your garden. Chop and mash up equal parts of each, and mix them with enough water that the mixture becomes a paste. Apply the paste to a piece of cotton and hold it against the tooth. Be sure to avoid touching your tongue or gums with the paste, as you’ll be crying for cold water if you do. Leave the paste-laden cotton in place until the pain starts to fade away.
Apply a Tea Bag
Black tea is full of tannins, which have astringent qualities and can reduce swelling and inflammation. Soak a tea bag in warm water, and then hold it in your mouth over the affected tooth and gums.
Most toothaches come from infection in the gums and/or teeth, or from cavities. If you can, it’s best to see a dentist for permanent relief and to ensure that the infection doesn’t spread. If you can’t see a dentist, though, these natural remedies should give you relief at least temporarily until you can seek out medical help. In addition to these, be sure to keep your diet clean and brush and floss regularly, and you’ll avoid most dental and oral health and hygiene problems.