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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Outback Living: How to Deal with Dental Pain when your Dentist is Miles Away

by Myrtle Banks

There is currently a severe shortage of dentists in the Australian Outback. Because of the lack of dentists, minor problems will often not be spotted or treated in time. This delay can lead to advanced tooth decay and gum disease. If you live in a rural location and are suffering from a toothache or gum disease, it may not be easy for you to access emergency dental care. Below is a guide to some of the ways you can use things from around your home to relieve any pain until you can receive treatment from a dentist.

Mint Tea

As well as tasting great, mint tea can also help to numb tooth pain. Steep a mint teabag in a cup and allow the water to cool. Once the water has cooled, remove the teabag and swish the tea around your mouth. For added pain relief, you can also place the teabag against your teeth or gums. Studies have shown that mint tea can be as effective as aspirin.

Cayenne Paste

Place a little cayenne powder into a cup, add water and mix until a paste begins to form. Next, dip a cotton ball into the paste and place it on the painful tooth. Due to the hot taste of cayenne, you should be careful not to apply too much. You may also want to have a glass of water nearby. Cayenne contains a chemical called capsaicin, which helps to block the transmission of pain from your tooth to your brain.

Chewing Gum

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you can combat the pain by covering any exposed areas with chewing gum. The gum will stop cold air and other debris from coming into contact with the sensitive inner pulp of the tooth.


If you have a bottle of brandy, vodka or other spirits in your home, you may be able to use it to combat a toothache. Swish a little of the alcohol around your mouth to help to kill bacteria that may be causing your tooth or gum to ache. Drinking the alcohol will also help to numb the pain a little. However, you should be aware that this is not a long-term solution.

Black Pepper

Black pepper has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which help to relieve tooth and gum pain. Simply mix a little black pepper with some water to form a paste and apply it to the problem area.

If you are suffering from dental pain, contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible.