To the teeth
Q: I’ve been having a terrible toothache for a couple of days. Is there anything natural that will get rid of it?
Dr. Wright: First of all, dental pain could mean anything from a cavity to an abscess, but occasionally it can signal other serious problems, such as a heart attack, an ear infection, or a sinus problem. Any pain or soreness within or around a tooth or the jaw should be evaluated, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever; chest, shoulder, or arm pain; a foul discharge; trouble breathing or swallowing; or if the pain lasts longer than one or two days.
Of course, pain relief can begin right at home. Natural remedies can take the edge off without interfering with subsequent treatment the way traditional painkillers can.
For fast relief, try activated charcoal powder, which you can find in some health food stores and through numerous online sources. Mix about 2 teaspoons of the powder with just enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to gauze and bite down.
For another effective remedy, head to your local health food store and pick up some clove oil. Mix two to three drops with 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply some to a cotton ball or dab it directly on the sore spot. One note of caution: Don’t use clove oil in large quantities, or if you have diabetes, kidney and liver disease, bleeding disorders, or if you are pregnant or nursing.