reduce dental pain naturally

Dental procedures are a necessary evil. Many people don’t enjoy visiting the dentist, but your dental conditions will only get worse without being treated. If you’ve recently come home from a painful dental procedure that’s left your teeth and/or gums sore and swollen, try a few of these home remedies to soothe your pain.

Hydrogen Peroxide

While the pain that follows a dental procedure can be linked back to the poking, prodding, drilling, and picking from your dentist, some of the pain can actually be caused by festering bacteria or food becoming lodged in or near your sensitive teeth. To help relieve this specific type of pain, rinse your mouth with 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 seconds. Be sure NOT to ingest the peroxide. Spit it out and then rinse your mouth with water a few times.

Hot Peppermint Tea

If you’re someone who loves to drink tea, this remedy is a dream come true for you. Peppermint has long been hailed as a natural numbing agent, used in candies, drinks, and other edible treats for its accompanying tingling sensation. In addition to the numbing factor of peppermint oil, the tannins in the black tea can act as an anti-inflammatory agent and even help to stop bleeding in the event of dental trauma or residual bleeding from a dental procedure. You can swish the peppermint tea around in your mouth for upwards of 30 seconds and either drink it or spit it out.

Warm Salt Water

A popular remedy with grandmothers the world over, swishing a mouthful of warm salt water around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds can help to relieve dental pain. This works due to salt’s natural ability to reduce swelling and can help to dislodge any irritating debris. In addition to these benefits, salt also has a natural antibacterial property, which is why warm salt water is also great for relieving the pain of a sore throat.

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Cloves have been a secret remedy to mitigate pain for decades. The oil contained within whole cloves contain special chemical compounds that help to alleviate pain by numbing the nerves at the point of contact. To help mitigate your own dental pain after a procedure, simply drip a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and smear the oil on your gum and tooth. If you don’t have clove oil, you can bite down on a whole clove to squeeze out the oil and let it rest between your clenched teeth for a half hour or until the pain subsides.

Please keep in mind that these natural home remedies are meant to help mitigate your pain. They are not permanent treatments for any type of serious dental condition. Always contact your dentist if you think that your pain might be more serious than just residual trauma from the procedure or if you have excessive bleeding.

Rachelle recommends JP Dental and Implant Center for those needing dental work. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;

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