Sunday, August 22, 2010
Having a toothache really sucks! It's truly an agonizing feeling to all the poor souls who have experienced this crap. The pain alone will make you go nuts, to the point that you almost wanna get a screwdriver, pluck the tooth out and get it over with. Yeah, that bad!
When you have toothache it seems like it's the only thing you can think of all day. You get heavily distracted by the uncomfortable feeling it brings. As if a nail is stucked and wedged in between your teeth.
Your mood becomes foul. You get all grumpy, irritable and edgy. You can't even enjoy your favorite food as those crappy nerve endings signals the brain to send an army of pain sensors to deny you of even one single bite of those heavenly sweets. Toothaches are like dormant volcanoes, you'll never know when they're gonna explode. And boy when they do, it's so powerful!
Causes of Toothache:
Laziness to brush your teeth
Laziness to floss
And just plain laziness...
I hate it when it happens...I know there's no one to blame but me. Years and years of childhood neglect have crept up on me. As a child, I'm one of those kids who'd sneak candy bars to bed and eat them until i'd fall sleep. Sometimes I'd even wake up with a gum still stuck inside my mouth. I didnt take those brushing rules seriously. I would even lie to my mom that i've already cleaned my teeth while those tangy nerds are still melting under my tongue. My! my! my! I regret being that way. So stupid and foolish to think that no harm will come my way. I've always thought that the tooth fairy will do its job to take care of my teeth for me:-(
Then when I entered highschool I started to feel that dreaded toothache. It's like "The Attack Of the Killer Cavities". A bittersweet vengeance from my rallying molars. As if they are in some sort of conspiracy by taunting and punishing me. My teeth have been breeding tiny minions called "cavities" that upon command will poke and stab my nerves for being irresponsible.
And how I hated going to the dentist! I became one of those regulars who's been subjected to countless pastas and root canals. I would probably get straight A's in that department. My experience was unpleasant and traumatic. I felt as if I'm being tortured. Yet I have no choice since having a toothache is already torture itself. And a dental appointment was the lesser evil for me.
Plus it doesn't help that i have this weird thing about my tongue. Everytime my tooth is being drilled my tongue wants to go to that specific area where the action is. Hehe! I even told my dentist about it so while scratching her head, she placed a cotton to separate my tongue from the drill.
I remember sleepless nights from having a painful and throbbing tooth. My cheeks would get so swollen. It's like I've been kicked on my cheeks. I don't even want to speak. The pain sometimes even shoots through my brain. Makes me go mad, wild and crazy that i wanna bang my head to the wall. I'd keep pinching or rubbing the affected part in vain hopes of soothing the pain. Sometimes medicines and painkillers doesn't even work anymore. The psychological effect of having to wait until the next morning for the clinic to open adds more stress! Man, why can't all dental clinics be open 24/7 everyday? Hospitals should also have dentists stationed there all the time for emergency cases.
Time seems to go so slow. Every second hurts. I'd definitely choose fever, bodyache or asthma over toothache anytime. At least with those 3 I can try to sleep the pain away. If only it's not a sin to get a gun and shoot my mouth, I'd gladly pull the trigger!
So what is there to do during emergency crisis? Unless you're a sadist who loves extreme pain, nobody in their right mind would succumb themselves to this kind of suffering...
Luckily, all you need to do is head to the kitchen for some quick and helpful home remedies. These items could perhaps temporarily alleviate that excruciating feeling:
1. Using Icepack: Ice offers excellent numbing properties. Hold the ice around affected area and try to compress it there. Most often, the pain gets reduced as it is excellent in suppressing pain at nerve endings.
2. Cucumber: Get cucumber from any vegetable stores, cut it into thicker slices. Hold these pieces on and around the tooth that is painful and it will start working wonders to give that soothing effect. It is better if it's refrigirated.
* as an added perk, you can also put slices on your eyes at the same time to banish those ugly eyebags. Clever time management!
3. Try whiskey- forget about the yuchy bitter taste for the moment. Gargle whiskey like a regular mouthwash. It delivers some kind of anesthesia to the affected area which lessens the pain. Just try not to swallow it coz being drunk with a toothache will tempt you to get a gun and shoot yourself without thinking twice.!
4. Oats: If toothache is experiencing the presence of abscess at gums then holding oats there can draw out the puss. The pain will be reduced.
* you can also add sugar, swallow it and convert it to a low carb meal...
5. Garlic: Make a paste of garlic and add some rock salt to it. Make a homogeneous mixture to apply on the affected area. It gives a numbing effect.
And lastly when all else fails, it's high time that you visit your dentist. Ponstans, Flanax and these home remedies could only go so far. The best way to permanently end toothache is to have your teeth fixed once and for all. Don't wait for this miserable feeling to happen.
Be prepared for whatever the verdict may be. Whether it may be another pasta, root canal or tooth extraction, just grin and bear it! And say goodbye to sucky tooth forever.
So whatever happens, don't forget to brush your teeth...religiously. Brush, floss and gargle! Try not to be too lazy. Afterall, YOU are your own tooth fairy! And your Pearlie whites will reward you with that healthy, white and dazzling smile :-)