Those that have been fortunate enough to never need braces or dental work can hardly understand the intensity of oral pain. The rest of us know all too well how debilitating the pain can be, and despite political promises, how expensive it can be to take care of. While of course, you should always go to the dentist when you have serious toothache pain because it could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening infection, or could lead to one, the cost of dental work might have you postponing the trip until your budget can cover it a little better. If this is the position you are in, here are a few things you can do in the meantime to help you deal with the pain and get done what you have to.
A common cause of pain is an abscess or an infection near the gum line. Temporary relief can come from cleaning out any food debris in the area and drawing out the fluid in the infection by swishing your mouth with warm salt water after meals, before bed, or as often as the pain returns.
Clove oil contains a natural anesthetic called eugenol. When using clove oil be careful not to get it on unaffected areas like your tongue. Dip a Q-tip in clove oil and hold it against the tooth causing the pain until the pain subsides.
If your pain is caused by a cavity, loose filling, or a crack in your tooth rinsing and treating with clove might not be enough to stop the pain. Every time food or even liquid comes in contact with the opening the pain can be excruciating and the risk of infection increases. After cleaning the area, take a bit of warm bee’s wax and press it over the cavity of crack to form a temporary seal.
These remedies are only going to treat the symptom and not the cause. They are meant to get you through the pain until you can get the professional medical treatment that you need, not to replace it.
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 also be the key to relief.
Ginger and Cayenne Paste
Grab some ginger root and 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.