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The Dental Receptionist

Hello everyone! I know most of you are in pain right now and the last thing you want to do is read a paragraph about my background, but my background may provide proof that these remedies have worked in the past. So here's my background. I am a dental receptionist and also a dental assistant two days a week at our clinic. I get several calls a day from patients who have cracked their tooth, or have a swollen face. Here is what my dentist has me tell our patients who may have to wait a few days to get in, since we only have a capacity to see 8-9 patients a day.

First tip, you CAN go to an emergency room at any time and state 'I have an abscessed tooth and the dentist recommended that I come in.' An abscess is an infection that is usually around the nerve/root of a tooth. This is the MOST common reason you're experiencing pain.

My second tip, take two Tylenol and then two Ibuprofen an hour after the Tylenol. Take water as hot as you can stand in your mouth, without burning yourself, and put in a cup and fill about half-way. Then add two table spoons of salt, salt is a great healing agent that helps kill bacteria naturally, add two pinches of garlic powder and mix together. Rinse your mouth out with this mixture for about 3 minutes, spit and repeat at least three times. After this rinse, mix equal parts water with hydrogen peroxide and rinse, spit, and then let it sit in your mouth for about three minutes. This will take care of the pain for a while.

If you have a small crack, or a small filling fell out, take a piece of bread and tear off an inch size piece and press on the affected tooth. This is a great idea if you are headed to the dentist that day or want to fall asleep.

Please, if your dentist has advised you not to try these remedies, trust his/her judgement. When we offer this advice to patients we make sure they understand that these are just home remedies and are not to be mistaken for medical/dental advice.

Many people suggest clove oil, which will help sometimes with pain but be advised that clove oil will kill the nerve and may affect your chances of saving the tooth.

An abscess can turn into a very bad situation if not treated promptly. Not having insurance or not able to afford a visit to the dentist should never be an excuse. The situations are always treated as an emergency and every clinic has a policy to treat you with or without insurance if you have an abscessed tooth. The infection can spread all over your mouth and even to your heart, causing serious illness or even death. Payment plans are always given and even a discount if you pay the same day as your visit in many offices. In our clinic an extraction ranges from $127-$285, depending on the tooth.

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Ashley with an Abscess

You're a life saver!

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