Friday, December 10, 2010
Today is Friday, so of course a problem crops up that can't be seen by my dentist until Monday. It's not severe enough to be an emergency, but I don't want to just let it wait three days until I can get medical attention if warranted.
Actually, I don't have a toothache, but a small area of gum inflammation. Still, I don't like it being that way, so I started applying some clove oil directly (via my freshly-washed finger) to the area. I have done this 3 times today, being careful each time to expectorate for a minute or so rather than swallow any.
Clove oil is supposed to have strong germ-killing power, and the inflammation does seem to be reducing a little. It also kills pain - at least for a while - if you have that also.
Of course, if you know you are sensitive to clove oil, don't use this remedy. Same goes if irritation develops. And be smart: get checked by a qualified professional as soon as possible! Don't let not being able to afford medical care keep you from getting the attention you need. An unresolved tooth or gum infection can result in much more serious medical needs at a much higher cost.
Posted by Randi at 8:42 PM