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Have you ever had a sudden pain in your mouth but can’t drop everything to go visit the dentist? Next time you’re in such a bind, try one of these home remedies to enhance the dental health of your family:

Clove Oil – Soak a cotton ball in 2-3 drops of clove oil mixed with ¼ teaspoon olive oil. After soaking, put the cotton ball in your mouth where your tooth is in pain and bite down on it to keep it in place.

Rinse it Out – Rinsing with mouthwash, flossing, or using a small toothbrush can help clean out any food that may be causing the tooth pain. A simple salt water rinse has also been proven to improve any pain in the mouth.

Cough Drops – Most cough drops have a minor anesthetic in them, so sucking on them when you have a toothache can help ease the pain. You can also rub Vicks Vapor Rub or an essential oil on your cheek outside where the tooth hurts.

Milk of Magnesia – If you have a canker sore, try preparing a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water to the sore with a cotton swab, and then follow up with a dot of Milk of Magnesia. Repeat this as needed, up to four time per day.

Remember, no matter how many home remedies you use, it is still very important to visit a dentist every six months for professional cleanings and to check up on the wellness of your mouth.