While your child was playing catch with some friends, they may have had a baby tooth knocked out. While waiting to take your child to the dentist, you may want to treat their pain and prevent infection. If so, use the following homemade mouthwash.
What You Will Need
Before you make the mouthwash, gather together the following ingredients. You can find them in pharmacies and department stores.
- One-half cup of water
- One teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
- One tablespoon of table salt
- Four drops of peppermint oil
- Two drops of clove oil
The hydrogen peroxide in this mouthwash cleanses the area where the tooth was knocked out, killing any germs that could cause infection. The table salt also acts as an anti-bacterial. It also helps reduce the swelling because it draws out the inflammation.
The peppermint oil not only improves the taste of the mouthwash, but it also helps relieve your child's pain. The oil soaks into the gum where it numbs the nerves, providing almost immediate relief.
The clove oil also helps relieve discomfort in the same manner as the peppermint oil. However, do not use more than is stated in the list above. Using too much clove oil on sensitive tissue can cause irritation. If you are worried your child may be sensitive to it, omit it from the mouthwash.
After you have what you need, follow the directions below to make and use the mouthwash.
- In a small glass, combine the water and peroxide. Let the bubbling of the peroxide stop before continuing.
- Add the salt to the mixture and allow it to dissolve for a couple of minutes.
- Add the peppermint and clove oils, stirring thoroughly.
- Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes to ensure the oils disperse throughout the liquid.
- Stir one more time.
- Give your child half of the mouthwash, having them swish it for a minute. Encourage them to concentrate on the affected side.
- Tell your child to spit it out, then give them the other half.
- After another minute, have them spit it out.
- Do not have them rinse afterward.
Have your child use the above mouthwash every three hours until you can take them in to see a local family dentist, like Sherwood park Dental Care Centre. Although a baby tooth was lost, you will want to have the dental professional examine your child to make sure no damage was done to the gums or the permanent tooth underneath.