First off, I have 2 autoimmune diseases - lucky me, right? The side affects of one, Sarcoidosis, is brittle teeth due to calcium loss. Of course I don't have dental insurance, and wouldn't you know on a Friday night AFTER every dentist in my time zone closes, my already cracked tooth decides to throb. And throb. and throb. To the point where I'm breaking out in a cold sweat, my heart is racing, and I'm having to remind myself to calm down. 800 mg. of Ibuprofen didn't touch the pain, so I threw my debit card at my son & asked him to go to the 24 hr. supermarket to pick up everything he can think of - oragel, chloraseptic spray, whatever - and while he's gone, I found this page. Overwhelmingly, everyone seemed to talk about garlic and clove oil. While I don't have the clove oil, I had a small jar of minced garlic in my fridge. At this point, I'll try anything - so I held it in place with my fingers on the gum of my tooth - front and back - and here it is 15 minutes later, my son is back from the grocery, and I don't even need the arsenal that he came back with. I don't know how long it's going to last, and at this point, I don't care! It's going on 11:00 p.m., and I will be happy just to be able to sleep. THANK YOU EVERYONE for your input!!! Without it, I would probably be climbing the walls by now!!!
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