If you’ve ever had a cavity, infection, or abscess, then you know the pain a bad tooth can cause. It’s bad. While waiting for help from the dentist, there are some natural relief treatments you can try at home.

First Things First

You don’t want to mess around or procrastinate when it comes to tooth or gum infections. Bacteria in your mouth can quickly spread through your bloodstream to other places in your body. The most dangerous—your heart and lungs.

So without alarm, make a plan to get your dental situation remedied by a professional. While waiting, however, try some of the treatments below. And remember, just because the pain may temporarily be relieved, it doesn’t mean your tooth problem has miraculously disappeared. Just be grateful for a short respite from agony, and get thee to a dentist…

Oil Pulling

It sounds gross, and may feel even grosser, but it works. You take about a tablespoon of oil and swish it inside your mouth.

Do not gargle with it.

Don’t swallow it!

As you’re swishing the oil around your teeth and gums, focus pulling the oil “through” the affected area. Continue for 15 minutes or until you can’t take it anymore. Spit out the oil and rinse with room temperature water.

Best pulling oils are: coconut, sesame, sunflower, and olive oil with a couple of oregano oil drops mixed in.
This should help with pain, and it will also kill bacteria and reduce plaque build-up.

Swish and Spit

The following ingredients can each be diluted with water. The liquid can be swooshed throughout the inside of your mouth, especially around the affected area—and then spit out.

Do not swallow.

Try:

-salt
-hydrogen peroxide
-vanilla, almond, peppermint, or lemon extract
-tea tree oil
-baking soda

Chew and Pack

These ingredients can be chewed (not swallowed) and the minced remnants placed on the tooth or gum area causing pain.

Try:

-peppermint leaves
-ginger root
-a clove of garlic
-raw potato
-cucumber

Mix and Paste

Natural anti-inflammatory treatments can be made creating a paste. Use the following powders with a little water and stir. You can apply the paste with a cotton ball.

Do not swallow.

Try:

-turmeric
-cayenne pepper
-garlic
-oregano

You may want to use a covered ice pack and place on the outside of your cheek or jaw. This may also help reduce some inflammation. Best of luck in your pain-relief efforts!

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