I’m not telling you to avoid the dentist when you have an infection or sore tooth. In fact, get all that stuff taken care of now while they are available. I know in the Army before any deployment we had to have our dental records updated and take care of anything that may cause a problem from a cleaning, a cavity to a root canal. For the very good reason that a bad toothache can stop you in your tracks!
Anyway back to me! LOL I had a little tooth infection blowup almost over night on a Friday evening. I have no dental insurance and there isn’t a 24/7 dental emergency room, so I figured I better try and do a little self treatment to get me through the week end! It felt like it was just the gum that got inflamed and not a broken tooth or anything severe like that but any infection of the mouth can turn ugly quick so you will want to be pro-active. Plus with all the nerves you have in your head it will hurt like “HELL!”
- Give you mouth a good salt water rinse and see if that won’t help clean the area that hurts. Stay away from rinses like Scope for your breath and try to keep your cleaning mild. A gentle scrub with a little baking soda of the gums and teeth. Baking soda is usually less abrasive than most commercial toothpastes. 3 times a day and immediately after every meal so you don’t introduce any new debris to the infection.
- Have teething gel, Adult oral pain relief and or oil of cloves. The store bought gels use benzocaine in 7.5%-20% strength as the active ingredient. Oil of cloves is a multi-tasker for flavoring in the kitchen but will work for reducing the pain of a tooth ache.
- Take aspirin, if you can, as it will reduce the swelling and can assist with thinning the blood a bit and get those blood vessels working to help kill the infection. A crushed up tablet or some thing like BC powders you can place directly on the area of pain will speed up reducing the pain and swelling. It will taste terrible but it does help a lot.
- Hold or gargle with a bit of vodka to reduce pain in adults. I doubt any kids will be able to do this without swallowing or spitting it out.
- Rinse your mouth with a little Hydrogen peroxide. Yes the bubbles will feel odd bit it does a great job on cleaning infections.
- A little icepack over the general area along the cheekbone or jawbone can also reduce the pain and swelling. Remember with ice packs never place directly on the skin, wrap it in a cloth and time ice as 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off. You don’t want to cause an additional injury to your skin.
DISCLAIMER NOTICE: I’m not a doctor or a nurse! This is info that you use at your own risk and to get you by, until you can see trained medical personnel. Do not take any anti-viral or anti-bacterial drugs unless under the care of a doctor.