I can certainly testify that going to the dentist will flatten your wallet really quickly. I have a thousand-dollar benefit every year and that may seem like a fortune to some people. It doesn’t go very far and once you pay for your cleanings and fillings there is not a lot left.
If you have regular dental check-ups and cleaning, you know that a good part of the time the dentist finds something more serious that needs to be taken care of A.S.A.P. I got the unwelcome news that I needed a root canal followed by a crown.
It’s no surprise that I usually have to pay out of pocket, so it is often necessary to kick the can down the road and put something off until the next benefit cycle kicks in.
Thankfully, there are home remedies you can try in the meantime. Here are four home remedies for aching teeth and gums:
Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes since 3000 B.C. The allicin in garlic contains antibiotics, and other medicinal properties. Crush a garlic clove with some table or black salt, and apply it directly to the painful tooth. If you have strong taste buds, you can chew up one or two cloves of garlic. Repeat the treatment for a few days.
Onions are an inexpensive way to kill harmful germs in the mouth. As soon as you feel a toothache coming on, chew a raw onion for a few minutes, and the pain should subside. If you’re like me and don’t care for the taste of onions, you can apply a piece of raw onion to the affected tooth or gum.
Warm Salt Water
If I had a dollar for every time my mom told me to gargle with warm salt water, I would be a rich woman. Pour hot water into a glass and mix in a spoonful of table salt. Swish thoroughly for a few minutes. Salt is helpful for reducing swelling and inflammation, and fights bacteria that can lead to an infection.
Pepper and Salt
I had never heard of this remedy, but if it takes away tooth pain, I’ll gladly use it. Make a paste by combining equal parts pepper and salt with a few drops of water. Apply to the affected teeth or gums, and let it set for a few minutes.
It’s important to take care of your teeth, so even if the price is higher than a cat’s back, schedule an appointment. Some dentists let you make payments or you may be able to find a dentist that works on a sliding scale according to your income.