For anyone who has ever experienced the agonizing pain of a toothache you know you are willing to try anything that will help to reduce the throbbing pain. The managing of the tooth pulsating pain which not only is felt in the area infected but can be felt throughout the gums, cheek, ear, lips and even behind the eyes and head can drive you to the most unusual of remedies.
You know you are desperate to try anything when feeling this acute pain, which seems to go on forever. Intensifying, quieting and then roaring back throughout the mouth and outer areas. Feelings of desperation and panic overwhelm as the pain intensifies with no relief in sight. You can ‘t eat, you can’t sleep and finally totally fraught you call your dentist who suggests penicillin, a cold pack and warm water rinses because nothing can be done until the infection is cleared.
For most, this is discouraging advice, as the recommended remedies in most cases were tried and did not work. Having suffered myself recently, I researched and tried many of the recommended pain remedies, which included:
• Gargling with warm salt water with a pinch of pepper
• Sucking on ice cubes,
• Ice pack cheek compresses
• Ibuprofen for the reduction of swelling
• 1 Ounce of Vanilla extract (gargle and spit) or a whiskey gargle
• Acupuncture pinching between the thumb and first finger
• Prescribed penicillin to rid the infection
• Yogurt to introduce more good bacteria
• Holding mouthfuls of warm water for a couple of minutes at a time before swallowing
The above list does work for those minor toothache pains but for those really mind bending toothaches, they just did not do the trick. I found when the pain was completely intolerable a good cry and the endorphins from the brain would kick in but even this, unfortunately, did not last long before the next agonizing bout would start.
Then the miracle cure arrived – garlic. A fresh garlic clove cut sideways placed over the painful tooth and a clove over any other painful area of the mouth held in mouth for at least 20 seconds (longer if possible) and then spit out created a new burning sensation. It burns a bit and throbs when removed but about a minute later and voila – toothache gone! Not only is it immediately gone – but it also does not come back.
I wanted to find out more about why this worked so I looked into garlic. What I learned was garlic has been used as medicine by many cultures for thousands of years. They even used it during the first war when medication was not readily available. They would cut the garlic lengthwise, place on the open wound, which would help to eliminate pain and speed up healing process.
The active ingredient, Allicin, grows only in fresh raw garlic. It is an antimicrobial drug, which can fight a wide array of infections relieving pain and suffering. So the next time you are experiencing a massive toothache remember – a fresh clove of garlic, cut lengthwise, inserted on the tooth for 20 seconds plus will end your sleepless night.