When I was pregnant with my second daughter, I got myself into a difficult situation with my wisdom tooth. I had a cavity that needed a filling before I got pregnant. My family had recently moved back to America and I had not yet found a holistic dentist so I put it off. (Not a good idea, I know, but it happened). After I got pregnant, it got worse. It was not painful at all, unless I put pressure on it. (I basically had to chew using one side of my mouth). I was able to maintain the cavity, (prevent it from getting worse), by following the diet and protocols from the book; “How To Reverse Tooth Decay“. I eventually had the tooth extracted, after my daughter was born. I did not need any antibiotics, (which was one of my fears). My holistic dentist literally told me she could not believe my face was not swollen. So though I do not recommend ignoring a deep cavity, (it is something I will never do again), I did learn how to prevent a horrible cavity from getting worse.
Please, if you have a bad cavity, DO NOT IGNORE IT. I am not writing this post to advocate self dental care. This can be very dangerous; an infection can spread from a tooth to other parts of the body. I am only sharing this information because I know people can often find themselves in a difficult situation. Perhaps you have tooth pain and you can’t see a dentist because it is a holiday weekend. Or maybe you have a holistic dentist that is very popular and you have to make appointments 2 months in advance. Maybe you are on a missionary trip in the middle of a 3rd world country with no access to good dental care. I can think of a few specific situations in my extended family, where someone had tooth pain and made an appointment to see a dentist but was in pain for a few days. I only mention my experience to demonstrate that I did actually have a bad cavity and I was in pain. The homeopathic remedy I chose worked at stopping my pain.
(I am not a doctor and this information is not intended as medical advice. I am simply sharing my personal experience).
Fortunately my cavity was in my wisdom tooth. The decision I made to have it extracted was not difficult, because a root canal was not even suggested, it was an obvious case for extraction. I have been blessed with very few cavities, (other than my wisdom teeth). Over the years I have read about the dangers of a root canal. I have never had one, and I hope to avoid the need for this procedure. I have read that there is no way to truly sterilize a tooth once a root canal is performed. If the cavity was in a molar, I am pretty sure a conventional dentist would have recommended a root canal. Over the past few months I have been researching ways to improve dental care, (both nutritionally and by personal dental hygiene). This cavity was a wake up call for me. I plan on sharing what I have learned in hopes that many will be inspired and learn how to prevent the need for a root canal.
So here is what happened.
My daughter and I were eating some celery sticks with almond butter as a snack after church on a Sunday. I made the mistake of chewing on the left side of my mouth. The pain was instant, shot right through my body. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this was awful. I kept expecting it to fade with time, hoping it was just a temporary irritation, but it did not stop. It continued.
I am not a fan of drugs, even OTC drugs. I was nursing my 2 month old daughter, so it just was not an option for me. So I went to my homeopathic first aid kit and used the remedies I knew were good for pain management.
Arnica 200C was my first choice. I have used this remedy successfully for pain many times. Arnica is fantastic for bruising and soft tissue damage. Sadly, this remedy was not a good fit. The pain continued.
Hypericum 200C was my second choice. This homeopathic remedy is often used for “nerve pain”. I suspected the nerve in my tooth was irritated so this seemed like a logical choice. Sadly, this remedy was not a good fit, the pain continued.
At this point I was very irritated. Tooth pain is HORRIBLE! I tried alternating those two remedies every 20 minutes, which is something I learned in homeopathic classes I have taken. It is recommended to try 3-4 doses of a remedy, at least 15-20 minutes apart, before deciding if it is the correct remedy for your situation. I did this but still no relief.
I finally did a little more research, (a combination of researching homeopathic remedies online and my notes/books on homeopathy). I decided to give Staphysagria 200c a try. It seemed to fit my situation perfecting, (fear of penetration is a characteristic of this remedy “picture”, and my pain was aggravated by eating and pressure on my bad tooth).
After the first dose of the remedy, I felt relief very quickly. I knew it was the correct choice, the pain started to subside. (When this happens, it really is an amazing experience). Around 20 minutes later, I took a second dose. I felt very tired and was very comfortable. (If it was night time I would have fallen asleep, but this was the middle of the day). It was such a RELIEF!!! Once I found the correct remedy, the pain went away and did not come back again. (Of course I had the tooth extracted a few months later, but still fairly remarkable). This was not a tiny cavity in the enamel, this was a big black HOLE in my tooth. When I finally did see a dentist, she could not believe my face was not swollen up from this mess in my mouth. Homeopathy and clean eating kept the infection in check, and I even experience some healing of the tooth, (by following the diet specified in the book I mentioned). I did ultimately decide to have it pulled, mostly because it took a lot of time and energy to try to heal the cavity, and it was in my wisdom tooth, so I did not think I would miss it.
I highly recommend buying a homeopathic first aid kit. It was literally the best investment I have made for my health, I use it all the time. This is the first aid kit I started with. http://amzn.to/2sSEBMe. This is the first aid kit I used for my tooth pain; (I bought it for pain management during childbirth and it was AMAZING for that. It is also available on Amazon. (http://amzn.to/2rzMBEE).
I will be writing a post about the new dental care routine we have incorporated into our daily routine to prevent any future problems. As I mentioned before this tooth extraction was a wake up call for me. I intend to keep the rest of my teeth until I am old and gray.
Have you ever had tooth pain that you were able to manage without drugs? What worked for you?