Discover the natural way to ease tooth pain

Friday 14th September 2012

  • The story of an early Sunday morning of agony
  • Find out the secrets of a seven point plane for easing tooth ache
  • Us old ‘uns are the best ‘uns – discuss!

So, let’s talk tooth ache shall we?

It was two o’clock on a Sunday morning and I was seriously contemplating taking a set of pliers to every tooth in my head.

The pain had started late on Friday night as I was eating a round of toast and honey for my supper.

Nothing severe, but a bit of a pang as I bit down on a nice crunchy lump of crust.

As a man I chose to ignore it and hoped it would go away by morning.

Well, after a night of undisturbed sleep, my tooth was a little achy and tender but again I thought it wasn’t anything major.

By Saturday night however my view had changed.

Now my face was swollen, and I had a throbbing ache in my upper jaw.

Sympathy was in short supply, as clearly I should have acted when I first felt the problem!

Oh wise woman..!

Apart from presenting myself at the local A&E department, there was no chance of any medical support being available.

The very last thing I was going to do late on a Saturday night was to fight my way through the crowds of human misery in a hospital accident department though.

I was on my own then – but I reasoned that I wasn’t the first to have this problem and there must be ways I could help alleviate the pain until I could get to a dentist.

Here’s what I did.

The seven point plan for easing toothache

1. Regular and deep breaths – now I know the act of breathing is generally considered important, but it is the act of taking deliberate and slow deep breaths that will help. Rapid and shallow breathing perpetuates our flight and fight response which heightens anxiety and makes us aware of pain.

2. Application of oil of cloves – my grandmother used to swear by oil of cloves for toothache, so we always have a bottle in our medicine cabinet. Basically a compound called eugenol found in this spice can temporarily block nerve signals so eases pain. Dab a little oil on a swab and hold over the affected tooth.

3. Use the force of acupressure – The area between the thumb and the first finger is known as a web, and has been identified as pressure point for the teeth. Rubbing it or putting pressure by squeezing can ease tooth pain. Seriously it worked for me in the wee small hours.

4. Tug on the tooth – Slightly strange but one I found to give the considerable relief. Basically grab hold of the offending tooth and pull on it, which relieves the pressure under the root where the infection is.

5. Whisky remedy – Not really sure of the validity of this one, other than swooshing a drop of Ilay’s finest around the tooth seemed to numb it for several long minutes. I think it may be to do with the high alcohol content acting to calm the nerve endings, or maybe makes the bugs too drunk to attack!

6. Salt water wash – Use a little warm water and plenty of salt and swill around the tooth, but obviously don’t swallow it like the whisky! Rinsing with salt water can help control the actions of the bacteria causing the infection.

7. Garlic – Always resort to the healing power of this magnificent alium! Peel and lightly crush a clove and sit it over the junction between the tooth and gum for maximum effect. In my case this was the most effective of all of the self help treatments I used, and eventually allowed me to drop off to sleep in the armchair – I reasoned that Lara may not appreciate me in bed smelling strongly of garlic and whisky!

The source of knowledge

Amazingly, it was only the acupressure point that was completely new to me.

All of the other six were remedies were passed down in the family, and I guess this was how herblore and natural healing was learnt in the days before printing.

Now, we tend to be spoiled because of the internet.

Try Googling natural toothache cure and you are instantly rewarded with thousands of ideas.

Since I mentioned suffering from a painful tooth I have also received several remedies from you good people.

That’s one of the joys of writing the Good Life Letter - it is a fantastic way to dip into everyone else’s family remedies.

We all have these special links that must go back over many generations, to a time when there wasn’t a National Health Service, or indeed any recognised doctors.

Back then dealing with pain and illness was about using the tools of nature around us and the wise knowledge of the older generation.

Contrast that now with how we, as the older generation, are treated by the younger generation who make up the healthcare profession.

Our knowledge and experience are hostages to fortune against the advances of medical science, and when we say how we prefer to help ourselves we are treated as madmen.

Even worse is to ask a question of the ‘learned young pups’.

By way of response we are offered derision, patronisation or just ignored – it really isn’t good enough.

It is time us old ‘uns began to fight back!

Still, this week I have the pleasure of having the abscess drained and then some nice deep root canal filling work to look forward to.

Ooh I can’t wait!

Yours, as always

 

 

 

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