I’m one of those people who h-a-t-e going to the dentist. Don’t get me wrong, its not that I don’t appreciate the role dentists perform – I know how important dental health is to overall wellbeing. Its more the apprehension I feel before going, bordering on odontophobia!
Today had me searching for some remedies to ease my dental experience, and I thought I would share these with you.
Soothing mouth rinses
There are a couple of variations of this formula, and I used the first today and found it made my mouth so much more comfortable after the dental work. The formulas are:
- A mixture of homeopathic mother tinctures of Calendula, Hydrastis and Sage (equal parts of each). This is used traditionally for wound healing, and the sage adds some freshness.
- Another great mix, especially if there is some residual nerve pain, is a mouthwash from equal parts of Calendula and Hypericum tinctures.
Either are used by putting a few drops of the mixture into a small glass of warm water, and swishing or gargling, before spitting out. You can repeat a number of times if you wish.
Remedies before dental visits
Some people find going to the dentist an apprehensive experience! There are some great remedies in homeopathy which can help settle the nerves before going, such as Arnica, Aconite, Argentum nitricum, Gelsemium, Coffea cruda, and Chamomilla.
Each have their particular sphere of action, and Arnica is often used as the general ‘catch all’ before dental procedures if a more specific match cannot be made.
See the infographic at the end of this page for their specific use.
Remedies after dental visits
Remedies useful after dental will depend on the procedures used and your individual response to them.
- If needle pain (e.g. from the anaesthetics) is bothering you, a remedy like Ledum (useful in puncture wounds), or Apis may be helpful.
- If you dislike the ‘numbing’ sensation from the anaesthetic (which can last some time after the procedure is over), Chamomila can help restore sensation earlier.
- If there is nerve pain, Hypericum could assist with the pain management.
- If the jaw feels sore and stiff from having the hold it open for a prolonged period, remedies like Magnesium phosphoricum or Causticum may be useful.
- If there is bone involvement, Symphytum may be indicated.
- If there is much bruising, you can’t go past Arnica!
This is described in more detail in the infographic below.