I am terrified. I don’t know why, I just am.
As a kid I remember going to the dentist frequently, but I also always remember spending up to 2 hours in the dentist bathroom after each visit extremely, and violently sick to my stomach. Not only was/am I allergic to Flouride, which we didn’t know at the time – I am also a huge ball of stress. So mix those both together, and it wasn’t such a fun time at the dentist.
I’ve had to go quite a few times as an adult too, but recently I had to go again but I refused. Terrible, I know. What an example I am to my kids (don’t worry really, they love the dentist and go often themselves, I’m just a wimp and I keep it to myself for the most part)
So I’ve had to research, and research and RESEARCH the best possible things to help me along the way. Until I can, you know, get up the courage to drag my butt into that dentist chair otherwise I know I will be suffering (hoping they can knock me out to do what I need to have done, lets hope!)
So here are 10 ways, I’ve found that work WONDERS when you are in tears, and literally screaming from pain wishing to just GIVE BIRTH ONE MORE TIME instead of dealing with this pain because that tooth pain is SO MUCH WORSE!
Salt and Warm Water: None of us like to do it but, gargling with Salt and Water is one of the best most effective ways to relieve tooth aches and pain. Dissolve salt in luke warm water, stir the water and rinse your mouth readily. In most cases this will help alleviate most of the pain, while often times it takes a few more rinses to see some relief.
Peppermint, Vanilla and Lemon Extract: This is a technique that is a bit weird to some people, but it really does work! Use Cotton Baton or Q-tip, something that you can saturate in the Extract, place right on affected area.
Tea Bags: Black or Green Tea are optimal. Any tea with high tannic acid is recommended. Please tea bag in a small bowl or plate with 1/2 inch of water, put in microwave for up to 20 seconds and squeeze out excess water. Place on affected tooth or area, and leave in place a few minutes. Bite right down on it, and keep your mouth closed trapping the heat from the tea bag to stay inside your mouth. Once it has cooled, remove and get a new tag bag and do this as many times as needed.
Tea Tree Oil: This stuff works for so many things. I love it, and keep it on hand at all times. ALL TIMES. You won’t be sorry if you always have a bottle. A few drops on affected tooth or again, use Cotton Baton or Q-tip and it should help alleviate the pain within minutes.
Ginger Root: Remove skin from a small piece of ginger root. Place in your mouth on top/next to affected tooth. Bite down. Pain should subside quickly, and for a good while. Remove and Do as needed. Keep left over root in the refrigerator until needed.
Onion: Can kill germs causing an infection. Place a piece of onion on tooth, or Chew raw onion with the affected area. Remove and Replace as needed.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Saturate Cotton Baton or Q-tip in Apple Cider Vinegar and place on affect tooth or area. You can also swoosh with it, but using Cotton Baton or a Q-tip will taste a little better than a mouth full.
Cold Pack: A Cold pack, a baggie of ice or even ice chips may help relieve the pain from a sore tooth. Either from the outside, or inside (ice chips) Although sometimes putting ice directly on the sore tooth might make the pain worse if there is a lot of sensitivity.
Hot Compress/Heating Pad: Laying on a heating pad or hot compres when you have a aching tooth can help relieve some pain. It can also help reduce any swelling that may be in your mouth.
All of these remedies aren’t a fix, they are simply to help relieve pain caused by a toothache or infection. Seeing a dentist is really the only way to cure yourself from these ailments however, if seeing one right away isn’t an option, all of these choices will bring you great relief until you can get in to see one. If you are really in a ton of pain or the swelling is just too much, head to your local ER they will help you.
Let’s hear it! Any neat tricks you’ve learned to help with toothache pain?