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Stephanie

On a scale of one to ten, my tooth pain has been a 14.5 for the last two days. Can't eat. Can't sleep. Can't function (NOT a good thing when you've got a three year old and a one year old running around the house). I've been reading the suggestions on this site for hours, jumping up from the computer to try one or the other. Peppermint extract? Good - for about two and a half minutes. Hydrogen peroxide - OUCH. For a very long time. Swishing ice water - OMG WHAT WERE YOU PEOPLE THINKING? I've never felt pain like that in my whole life. So I've tried everything, including a Percocet left over from my last c-section, and nothing works for longer than 10 minutes. Desperate times call for desperate measures. This was my plan:
1. Brush. Very well, and for a very long time. Yes, it hurts. Yes, you're probably going to bleed. Do it anyway.
2. Floss. Again - OUCH. If you want, try coating the floss with some OTC tooth pain gel. It didn't make MY experience any more pleasant, but whatever works for you.
3. Salt water rinse. Warm water. Swish. Repeat.
4. Alka-seltzer. Yep. Sounds strange, but it has 325mg of aspirin per tablet. I used four tablets, because by this point, it felt like there was a tiny man standing on the edge of my tooth repeatedly stabbing the center with an icepick. Swish that around too.
5. Take a shot of whiskey. You can spit it out if you want, but I recommend swallowing, because step 6 isn't pretty.
6. Coat your entire toothbrush with clove oil. Don't go easy on it - saturate that thing. Then brush the affected area - tooth, gums and all. It burns. It tastes horrible. If you accidentally get it on your tongue (or worse, like I did, chapped lips) you're going to wish you'd repeated step 5 several more times. But once you get over the urge to throw up, it takes the pain away.
20 minutes ago, I couldn't see straight. Now, I still have pain, but it's manageable. How long it will last, I have no idea, nor do I know if it will work next time. For now, it's good enough.

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