I woke up in the middle of the night in extreme pain. The Orajel I applied before going to bed had clearly worn off as did the Advil. I added more Orajel but the pain wouldn't subside so I went online looking for home remedies b/c it was the middle of the night on a weekend and I'm not eligible for insurance until Dec anyway so no other dental recourse. I tried several of the suggestions like the tea bag, rinsing with salt water which I'd been doing anyway, rinsing with vinegar, dabbing pure extract on the locale (I don't think the flavor actually matters but I used peppermint), they all worked in various degrees but relief never lasted longer than 20 minutes with any of them. Then I tried rubbing cayenne pepper on my gums and it immediately numbed the area but in a completely different way from any of the other methods to the point where I knew that this was it. It didn't burn unlike the extract and it didn't taste icky like the rinses and Orajel, and I didn't even use that much b/c I didn't want too much of that grounded powder texture moving around to other areas of my mouth or the back of my throat. 2 1/2 hours later and there is no pain. I can't even describe what I feel as discomfort but I do have some feeling in the area, I don't want to lie about that. I've also noticed that the inflammation in the area has gone down. I'm still heading out to buy the garlic for its antibiotic properties, Sensodyne which I used for several years but then switched (dumb idea) and the clove oil but cayenne pepper is doing an amazing job. I'll probably make a paste out of the clove oil and pepper so it rubs on better. I've tried everything and this is what worked best for me and I can't recommend it highly enough for the long lasting relief. Good luck to you all in finding your pain relief.
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