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Home Remedy For Relieving Your Discomfort After Root Canal Surgery

by Jeremiah Barnett

If you have recently had root canal surgery, you may be experiencing some discomfort, such as pain and swelling, and may be wondering if there is anything you can do at home to help relieve your symptoms. If so, use the following home remedy to reduce the pain and inflammation, as well as help prevent infection.

Supplies And Ingredients

Before you begin, assemble the following supplies and ingredients. You can find the ingredients for the treatment in the natural health section in department stores, supermarkets, and pharmacies.

  • A small glass or cup
  • One-half cup of cool water
  • Two tablespoons of sea salt
  • Small saucepan filled halfway with water
  • Small saucer
  • One chamomile tea bag
  • 8 drops of peppermint essential oil

The sea salt used in the mouthwash thoroughly cleanses your mouth and kills any germs around the root canal site. It also helps reduce any inflammation in the gums surrounding the tooth.

Chamomile tea and peppermint oil both serve as antiseptics that kill any germs that could lead to an infection. They are both also anti-inflammatories, with analgesic properties that can help reduce any pain you may experience from the root canal site. 


Once you have gathered what you need, follow the instructions below to make and use your post-root canal treatment.

  1. In your glass or cup, combine the one-half cup of water and sea salt, setting it aside for about 15 minutes to dissolve the salt.
  2. Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil, add the tea bag, and remove from heat.
  3. Allow the tea bag to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. While the tea bag is steeping, rinse your mouth with the salt water prepared in step one. Rinse for about a minute. This helps to thoroughly clean your mouth before proceeding with the other part of the treatment.
  5. Place the tea bag on a saucer, and add the peppermint essential oil to the top.
  6. Put the bag onto the root canal site, and gently bite down, keeping the bag on for five to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove and discard the bag, and avoid eating and drinking for about a half an hour.

Using the above treatment three times a day can help relieve your symptoms after having a root canal. However, if your discomfort becomes worse, you may want to contact the dentist who performed your oral surgery to discuss the possible treatment options available to you.

For more information, contact Peak Family Dentistry & Orthodontics or a similar location.