Suprising toothache pain relief.

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   Posted 11/2/2012 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are like me you find the traditional toothache medicines to be expensive and short acting. I have found a rather cheap pain remedy that lasts, at least for me, hours.

Antiseptic Mouthwash like Listerine. It doesn't matter what flavor you get so long as it is the Antiseptic Listerine type mouthwash. I have tried others since stumbling on to this like your Scope type rinses and your Anti-cavity types and only the Antiseptic Listerine styles work.

I personally use the Equate Cool Blue from Wal Mart.

All you have to do is swish a small amount in your mouth making sure it remains in contact with the sore tooth for about 20-30 seconds. It sometimes causes a brief flare up in pain but within 5 seconds the pain starts going away and within 20-30 it is either totally gone or at least reduce enough to be manageable.

I know this isn't exactly chronic pain related, but thought I would share an effective money saving remedy for a type of pain.

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   Posted 11/2/2012 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
It's alcohol based. It temporarily overloads the nerve and partially shuts it down. Like they used to do back in the day with a shot of whiskey. Same concept.

Problem is, it damages the nerve by directly exposing it to alcohol too, so if you are trying to save the tooth and/or the nerve, you're looking at a root canal for sure that way. And when the pain comes back, it can be worse than before.

I'm not a dentist, but I've had plenty of dental problems. You're better off, long term, using the stuff from a tube, even if it is more expensive. Works more effectively, for me at least. I use pointy end of the little plastic flossers to apply it, so I only use a tiny bit and it gets exactly where I need it. Toothpick will work too. Q-tips absorb too much of it and it gets wasted. Just put a little dot on the end of a toothpick, and get it directly to where you need it. I've had tubes of that stuff last for weeks.
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