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Nagging Tooth Ache? Constant pain?
A few home remedies for toothaches
At some point in time in your life you are going to have a toothache. These are painful and can make even the strongest person squeeze out a few tears. When you get a toothache chances are the dentist won't have an appointment available right away, so here are a few things to help you survive until your appointment. Just to make sure, none of these options are a permanent fix, and only you are aware of what you are allergic to, so please don't use any remedy unless you are sure you have no allergies.
Simple to solve toothaches:
Now if you have a toothache due to a fill-in that fell out, you have a broken molar, or a hole your tooth that is causing pain here are some options for you.
If you have a spice rack and you have ever baked a ham, or made a Christmas decoration with an orange then you probably know what cloves are, the spice not garlic. If you have whole cloves remove the stem and place the clove in the hole in your tooth. Press your top teeth and bottom teeth together to make sure that it is securely in place and this should help numb your toothache so that you can handle it until you get to the dentist.This is a remedy that Native Americans used to help with toothaches that from personal experience I have found to work.
The next one that is a little stronger at the moment of application but does not have a long duration before the effect wears off, so this might have to be done multiple times before you make it to the dentist. You can also go to the medicine cabinet and get out an aspirin. You will only need one at a time . Take the aspirin and place it in the hole in your tooth and allow it to dissolve on it's own. Warning this tastes really really bad. It will numb your toothache for 4-6 hours, so you will have to repeatedly use this method. One bad possible side effect that Aspirin can cause is to eat away at your stomach lining so be cautious when using this remedy.
Another thing you can do that will cost a little money, most places less than $5, is to go to walmart or your local pharmacy and get a little bottle of Tempur-fil. This product is meant to be like a temporary fill-in and will last until you get to the dentist. Take the wooden stick in the package and put some of the tooth putty (not a technical name just what I call it) on the stick by digging into the putty. Next take the stick and put the putty into the whole into your tooth, try to make it smooth and allow to dry. I have also used this and it does work but sculpting a fill-in is some what hard but effective.
Solutions for toothaches
For More Complex Toothaches:
Sometimes there are toothaches caused by abscesses and these are the worst tooth pain that you will encounter. Most of the remedies above will not work if you have an abscess. So in order to relieve your pain you will have to get rid off the abscess first, usually you do this by going to the dentist and getting antibiotics or you might be able get some antibiotics from your normal physician.
IF YOU ARE IN TOO MUCH PAIN to wait until you can get to the doctors or dentist, you can use a home remedy that people have been using for centuries. I believe that almost everyone has this remedy available in their homes. The remedy is to take a tea bag, (any tea leaf based tea, not herbal tea) wet it down with warm water, and place the tea bag on the infected tooth.
Why use a tea bag? Well, the tea leaves help to draw the infection out. Do this several times a day for the first and second day and then treat the tooth with one of the other remedies until you can get to the doctors. (In between the tea bag therapy you should be gargling with salt water.)
None of these remedies are meant to be used as a replacement to see a dentist, but they are meant to help you feel relief until you are seen by a medical professional. If you are among those who do not have medical coverage then I suggest that you would look into your counties Health Department as they usually have dental clinics. I hope that you have found this information helpful.