Thursday, February 27, 2014

Home Remedies for Toothaches

I had a cavity filled a couple days before Christmas and it turned out to be much deeper than the dentist had anticipated.  They warned me it might be painful and to come back if it got too bad. It did get quite painful, more painful than I imagined given I have had a root canal before.  Root canals are much more invasive than cavity fillings but for some reason I still do not understand, this filling was particularly painful.

I hurt Christmas Eve day but at this point, the pain was completely doable. Besides, I like to think of myself as a toughie. However, by evening I was miserable!  I washed a couple Advil down with a single neat Bourbon and slept relatively well given my condition; but I awoke Christmas Day in far more pain than I ever thought possible. The gums around the tooth that had been filled were swollen, black and bloody; and my jaw hurt so bad I could feel it in my brain.

Because it was Christmas Day, I couldn't bring myself to call the office which would inevitably drag my dentist away from his family. Instead, I reached out on social media. A friend on Facebook suggested rubbing clove on my gums. I was so very miserable that after only a very brief online consultation was I in my spice drawer desperately searching for cloves. Believe it or not, it worked like magic!  I wouldn't normally act so hasty, but I knew cloves are a widely consumed spice and would pose no danger. As it turns out, cloves have been used as an oral pain reliever long before today's current conventional dental care methods.

Why Cloves Work
Cloves contain eugenol, which is a powerful anesthetic and antiseptic that stops pain while fighting germs. Eugenol is a chemical compound and is widely used as an anesthetic; and it is supported by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. There are three forms of cloves and all are useful and beneficial for alleviating tooth pain. However, research suggests a clover oil compress may be the most effective application.*

The following are directions in how to apply cloves as an oral pain reliever in whichever form of cloves are in your pantry.  I used ground cloves and it worked magically well!

Ground Clove for Toothache   
  1. Rinse mouth with warm salt water (swish and spit).
  2. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  3. Dab finger under water and dip into ground cloves.
  4. Apply it between the gum and cheek.
  5. Rewash hands and repeat step 4 except this time apply to the inside gum if it hurts there as well.
It may sting briefly but the powder mixed with your saliva should help alleviate most of the pain almost immediately.

Clove Oil for Toothache
  1. Rinse mouth with warm salt water.
  2. Pour a 1/2 tsp of clover oil into a small container or glass.
  3. Drop a few drops of clove essential oil (use straight clove oil if that's all you have) and mix.
  4. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  5. Dunk a cotton swab or Q-tip into the mixture and gently press and hold where it hurts. 
Whole Cloves for Toothache
  1. Rinse mouth with warm salt water.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  3. Place 2-3 cloves between your gum and cheek where it hurts and wait for your saliva so soften the cloves. 
  4. Once soft, break cloves down to release its oils by chewing. 
*Remember, these methods are beneficial for helping to alleviate tooth pain but not for treating the cause of the pain. See your dentist if pain persists. Good oral hygiene is crucial for good health. Brush and floss teeth daily and see the Dentist every six months or as recommended by your care provider. 


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    1. Always good to have safe remedies in our memory bank just in case though. I’m so glad you’re pain free now though!

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