I should start by being very clear that I am not a medical professional, and I'm certainly not a doctor or dentist. However, I am a person who has had mind-meltingly bad tooth pain from a dry socket. I found a "miracle" pain reliever that is available in Lubbock and costs about $8.

Of course, if there is any way that you can see a dentist or a doctor right away, you should. If you cannot afford a dentist or a doctor, I highly recommend you seek out help from Community Health Center of Lubbock. I got a lot of dental help from them when I could not afford a dentist, and they were wonderful and kind with perfectly nice facilities.

Remember: a toothache is always an indicator of a problem that will need help from a dentist. You will have to see one eventually. But what do you do for the pain in the meantime? Many over-the-counter pain relievers seem to barely put a dent in it.

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

So what's the "miracle"? Clove oil. I know this sounds like complete B.S. However, I had a dry socket that lasted ten days. It felt like lightning in my face and neck. The pain was so overwhelming that I could not function and I was literally on the floor writhing in pain. Clove oil is the only thing that really helped. This is how it works:

Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. It helps numb and reduce pain to ease a toothache. Eugenol also has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It may reduce swelling and irritation in the affected area.

Here's some advice on how to use it from Healthline:

  1. Squeeze a few drops of clove oil with 1 teaspoon of olive oil into your dish.
  2. Soak your swab or cotton ball with the clove oil.
  3. Gently swipe the swab or ball around the area that is bothering you. Or place the cotton ball over the area.
  4. Allow the oil to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before it starts working.
  5. Reapply every 2 to 3 hours for relief

It's really really important that you do not swallow the clove oil. It can make you really ill and it's especially dangerous for children. Like most anything, there are risks that could occur, and you should consult a doctor or dentist before using clove oil. Here are some of the risks:

  • breathing difficulties
  • burning in your nose and throat
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea

Also, the taste might be quite unpleasant to you.

Where can you get clove oil? Most places in Lubbock that carry essential oils will have it, like Market Street, Tumbleweed Botanicals, or Drug Emporium.

I was in so much pain and in such bad shape that I can say pretty certainly that an $8 bottle of clove oil saved my life. I will never fail to have a bottle in my house.

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