A Couple of Dental Tidbits

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    As some of you may know, our situation is such that we can’t just toddle off to the doctor or dentist when we have a medical problem. As it so happens, I’ve been wrestling with a gum infection for the last 10 days or so. I had a bulge on my gum big enough to start pushing my cheek out a bit. Not good!

    I tried a number of things such as herbal washes, oil of cloves, Anbesol, salt water rinses and herbal compresses directly on the site. We always have fresh antibiotics but they were used for another issue months ago. Because of our remote homesteading and inaccessibility, we have prescription meds on hand just in case they are needed. Every few years, we get new prescriptions filled. But, I rarely throw the old medications away. You never know in desperation when something might come in handy.

    My antibiotic of choice was Penicillin VK of 2009 vintage. The other thing I did that I believe really helped was to take 1/2 teaspoon SEA salt mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of baking SODA. Add a couple drops of water, just enough to bind it all and make a thick paste. Take a wad of that mix and put it on a cotton ball and shove that ball up on the gum right on the bulge. I left it in place as long as I could. After the second treatment, I had a sensation of something letting loose in there. Although the bulge and discomfort did not diminish at that moment, I had the feeling it helped my situation so that will be a trick I will use if I ever have that problem again.

    I am back to normal. The combination of old 2009 antibiotics, which as long as stored properly, still has efficacy and my salt/soda paste treatment has got me healthy again. I’m sure everybody knows this but take the entire antibiotic regimen regardless of being cured. Don’t try to save some antibiotic for the next time. Take the complete prescription until done.

    What a relief! The patient will live.

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