Relying on medications can be beneficial, but some people don't like taking prescription pain medications due to the side effects associated with these drugs. If your dentist prescribes a pain killer after you have a root canal, there may be other ways to control the pain.
Here are three natural remedies using garlic you can try to help alleviate root canal pain without a prescription in the future.
1. Garlic and Salt
While it might sound strange to rely on garlic as a painkiller, a compound known as allicin gives garlic the ability to kill off the bacteria that may be responsible for infection. Curbing infection can reduce the amount of pain you feel after a root canal, making garlic a great pain management tool if you don't want to take a prescription.
Combining garlic with salt to create a paste that can be applied to the affected tooth will help draw out any infection. Rinsing with warm saltwater will help you get rid of the garlic taste once you are ready to remove the paste from your tooth.
2. Garlic and Peanut Butter
Some of the pain associated with a root canal can come from inflammation. When your dentist is working on the affected tooth, the surrounding gums could become inflamed and more sensitive than normal. Treating inflammation with a paste made from crushed garlic and peanut butter can help reduce your pain levels.
Peanut butter contains a substance known as resveratrol. In addition to the cancer-reducing benefits resveratrol can provide, the antioxidant properties of this substance help it to reduce inflammation. Combining the allicin in garlic with the resveratrol in peanut butter allows you to create an effective and natural pain management substance following your root canal.
3. Garlic and Clove Oil
Essential oils are becoming popular when it comes to treating minor ailments at home. You can turn to your cache of essential oils for effective pain management solutions after you have had a root canal.
Clove oil has the ability to temporarily numb the gums and nerves in the area surrounding a root canal. In fact, in a study conducted in 2006, clove oil was found to be just as effective as benzocaine (a common numbing agent used by dental professional) when it came to managing pain. Combining garlic with clove oil allows you to manage infection while numbing the pain of a root canal procedure without prescription medications.
Garlic can be a useful tool when it comes to managing your pain naturally. The next time you have a root canal, try combining garlic with salt, peanut butter, or clove oil to find relief from your pain.Share
5 January 2016
My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.