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Having An Unbearable Toothache? Here Are 5 Quick Remedies To Try At Home

Having An Unbearable Toothache? Here Are 5 Quick Remedies To Try At Home

Even if you force yourself to work, an unbearable toothache can stop you dead in your tracks. Of course, the best option is to go to your dentist, but, what your toothache presents itself before your dentist’s office opens on after it closes? One option you can do is take some painkillers. However, relying on over-the-counter medicine is not that wise, especially if you are currently taking other medications. You should always consult your dentist or your physician before taking any painkillers.

Aside from that, you’re left with one more course of action to address an unbearable toothache. Look for items in your house that can be used to quell the pain you’re feeling. Go alternative!

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These home remedies will save you from the pain of this kind of dental issue:

Soothe With Salt Solution

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    Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of boiling water. When mixed this way, salt and water transform into a pain-killing mouthwash. How does it work? Salt solution cleanses away debris that may be irritating your teeth and gums and it helps reduce the swelling. Swish the solution around your mouth for around 30 seconds before spitting it out. The salt solution will clean around the tooth area and will draw out the fluid that might be causing the swelling. Repeat swishing as needed.

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    Try Tea Therapy

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      The nice flavor and numbing power of peppermint tea is great for your toothache because it alleviates the ache. Mix one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and steep for about 20 minutes. After the tea cools down, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out. Another tip—the oil is a known remedy for headaches. Also, the astringent tannins in strong black tea may help alleviate pain by reducing swelling. For this natural remedy, put a warm, wet tea bag against the affected tooth for temporary relief.

      Comfort With Clove Oil

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        Numb nerves with the use of a traditional remedy—cloves. Its primary chemical compound, eugenol, is a natural anesthetic. However, you need to be careful when using clove oil because if you pour the oil directly on the aching area, you intensify the pain. This happens if you accidentally put it on a sensitive gum tissue or on your tongue. Here’s how to do it: put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and put it against the aching tooth until the pain goes away. Also, you can get a pinch of powdered clove to put on the tooth or put a whole clove on the tooth. Chew the whole clove just a bit to release its oil and keep it there for 1/2 hour, or until the pain stops.

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        Gently Dull The Pain With Ginger-Cayenne Paste

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          Make a paste out of ginger and cayenne by mixing the two with water. Roll a cotton ball into the paste just enough to saturate it. Put it on the aching tooth while avoiding your gums and tongue. Let it stay there until the pain recedes—or as long as you can handle it. Don’t forget, the concoction is prone to burn. Also, you might want to try these spices separately, since both are powerful painkillers. The main chemical component of cayenne—capsaicin—has been found to help block pain messages from reaching the brain.

          Ice, Ice It Baby

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            Drop a small ice cube inside a plastic bag, wrap it with thin cloth, and apply this to your painful tooth. Do it for around 15 minutes. This will numb the nerves. You can alternate the ice pack between your cheek and the achy tooth. Also, you can try this: massage your hand with an ice cube. A folklore claims that doing this will ease up the pain. How? When the nerves in your fingers send “freezing signals” to your cerebrum, they might overpower the pain signals emanating from your tooth. How to do it? Use a thin cloth to wrap an ice cube and massage it in between your forefinger and your thumb. Target the fleshy area there.

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            Just be reminded, these are temporary remedies. It’s strongly suggested that you visit your dentist as soon as you can after this painful episode.

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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