I had oral surgery this past Wednesday. This long 8-month process started, because I didn’t get a cavity refilled which passed its time. Literally, I thought cavities last forever. I never had a Dentist say to me after getting a cavity fill that it will need to be refilled in 8 to 10 years. I researched this and found out this info on my own. Every dentist I ever visited said, come back in 6 months for your checkup! So when a piece of my tooth broke causing excruciating pain on the entire left side of my upper body, I knew I needed to educate myself and make an appointment with my dentist ASAP.
After making an appointment and meeting with my Dentist, she wanted to take the tooth right then and there. She didn’t because I was weary and asked questions. I was always told the infection should be treated before a tooth is extracted for the patient’s safety. At this time, my lymph node was swollen on the left side of my neck so I knew for a fact there was an infection present. I had headaches that only hurt in specific areas on the left side of my head and neck. Plus I had weird chest pains which had a burning sensation right underneath my skin below my left shoulder. There were a few other symptoms I was dealing with as well. I wouldn’t wish a toothache on my worst enemy. And if you have any oral issues, please get them taken care of. Don’t hesitate like I did.
Altogether, I needed to get 4 teeth extracted: 3 wisdoms and 1 infected molar from a cracked filled cavity. I had one wisdom pulled about 10 years ago when I got cavities filled. My jawline is simply too small for wisdom teeth and one was impacted causing extra, but unnecessary problems. What made this all so worst was the pain of course. The longer I let the infected tooth stay in my mouth, the harder it was to live. I’m being honest. I was popping 800mg of Ibuprofen like every day. I would take just one a day and find other ways to deal with the pain. I started out swishing my mouth with salt water and a month before surgery, I switched to swishing my mouth with Peroxide 3 times a day. I switched because my body became immune to the antibiotics my surgeon prescribed before my first scheduled surgery back in December. I was on the popular Amoxicillin antibiotic. It didn’t work. I was then switched to Augmentin which is stronger than the original antibiotic. This didn’t work either. So I had to take a break and then eventually use peroxide to kill the germs in my mouth which helped me prepare for surgery.
To make a long story short and dealing with months of oral pain, I made a commitment to do what was right for my life. I couldn’t go on with the pain and didn’t care what the outcome would be. I was no longer afraid to take any risks.
I was at Southern Hills Hospital here in Las Vegas. I’ve met with my surgeon a few times before. He’s one of the sweetest and caring Surgeons you can ever meet. The entire staff at this hospital were so caring, patient, and helped me with every concern I had. I felt great being in their care.
It’s Day 5 since surgery and I feel so much better. Yes, I’m recovering and remembering every day to take it a day at a time. That’s a task all by itself. Overall, I’m feeling better than I have in months. If you know anyone dealing with a toothache, here’s some natural remedies to help them get through while they are waiting to see their doctor:
- Rub ground cloves on your gums for oral pain. I have a good friend who told me about this remedy shortly after I started dealing with my oral health. I’m telling you, it works better than any over the counter medicine.
- Drink lime and cilantro water. Lime is a natural purifier while cilantro raises the pH in the water. When there’s an abscess tooth present, it releases poison in the mouth. Most times, we swallow this without even knowing it. When drinking this water, it kills the germs in the mouth and body.
- Stop using Fluoride toothpaste. For about 8 months now, I’ve been using Fluoride free toothpaste. When I was visiting Indiana this past fall, I switched back for the time I was there. I could clearly notice the difference. My gums were more sensitive, my teeth had no protective shield from plaque. In result, my teeth filled with plaque easily and a lot faster. My mouth felt so dirty. My teeth hurt more frequently. When I switched back to fluoride-free toothpaste, I was able to manage my oral health more efficiently.
- Let go of sugar. When it comes to your body in general, sugar is the enemy. It’s best to stay away as much as possible so you can heal. If you just so happen to get a sweet tooth, pick up a piece of fruit. Fruit indeed has sugar, but natural sugar is better than anything processed. Organic agave nectar is the BEST natural sweetener substitute. You can use it for everything plus it’s natural. I used it and rarely ever had tooth sensitivities while eating it. I had horrible sensitive teeth when using sugar.
- Drink ginger tea. Ginger tea is a natural pain reliever. Ginger tea can soothe toothaches and calm down headaches. I buy ginger root in the produce department. Bring about 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the ginger root to the water (sliced or chopped). Let it boil for about 5-7 minutes. Pour it into your tea mug, add fresh lemon, agave nectar and enjoy!
Helena Kennedy (ground cloves, lime and cilantro water). Other resources are from my own personal experiences, research, and education.