If you have recently had a root canal, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to naturally treat the soreness and discomfort following the procedure. If so, use one or more of the following natural remedies for treating your mild pain after a root canal.
Cover The Tooth With A Cold Cucumber Slice
This first natural home remedy involves covering your tooth with a cold cucumber slice. The juice in a cucumber has astringent properties that help cleanse the area and promote healing. Using the slice while cold helps to reduce swelling in the gums around the tooth, helping to reduce discomfort and pain.
To prepare the remedy, slice a few half-inch pieces of cucumber, and place them in a bowl. Put the bowl in your refrigerator for about an hour, then put one of the slices over your tooth.
Bite down slightly to keep the cucumber in place, and leave it there for about five minutes. Then, slowly chew the meat to release more juices, and either spit it out or swallow it.
Rinse Your Mouth With Peppermint Oil And Salt Water
Another way to naturally treat your root canal pain is to rinse your mouth with peppermint oil and salt water. The peppermint oil has natural pain-relieving properties that also reduce swelling and inflammation. The salt in the rinse pulls out the swelling. Both ingredients also kill germs, making the rinse an effective defense against infection.
In a small glass, mix a teaspoon of salt and six drops of peppermint oil in a quarter-cup of cold water. Then, rinse your mouth for 30 seconds to a minute.
Apply Garlic Juice On The Tooth
Garlic juice is another home remedy that can help alleviate the mild tooth pain after your root canal. And, like the remedy in the previous section, it also kills bacteria.
While you could chew a clove of garlic to release the juice on your tooth, you may find the taste too strong. If so, crush the clove on a plate, then soak up the juice with the end of a cotton swab. Use the swab to coat the tooth with the juice
Using the above remedies should help minimize the discomfort you may feel after a root canal. However, you should not be feeling any severe pain. If you are experiencing sharp pains, you may want to contact dental services to seek further guidance on how to care for your tooth.