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Easy, Painless Cures for Toothaches and Headaches

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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or a dentist. Serious headaches or toothaches could be a sign of something serious, and if pain persists, you should see a doctor.

A few weeks ago I noticed one of my molars was really bothering me. It was very occasional, so I didn’t worry about it at first, but then it started hurting all the time. I was reluctant to call the dentist, because I don’t have wonderful health insurance right now, and it would have cost me an arm and a leg to even go to an appointment. I searched around online for a while and most of the advice was that toothaches either go away or get worse. Mine was getting worse, but I really wanted to know if it was something serious before going to the dentist. Finally, I turned to a source much better than the Internet: my mom.

She said she had the same problem months earlier and had gone to the dentist. His solution? Sensodyne toothpaste, because her problem was oversensitive teeth. She said it had cured the toothache in just a few days. I went to the store the next day and picked up a tube of Sensodyne. It was much more expensive than regular toothpaste – I paid $4.76 for one tube – but I knew that if it worked, I would have saved much more money than that by not going to the dentist.

I used it once a day (normally at night) and after only three days, my toothache was completely gone. I’ve continued using it once a day since then, and not even a trace of the ache has returned.

The other ailment I’ve been suffering from frequently is headaches. While I’m not opposed to taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen, the frequency of my headaches made me wonder if there wasn’t another issue. I finally realized that my headaches were from dehydration! I started by drinking more water overall, and then if I felt a headache coming on, I would drink 10-15 ounces of water immediately. In almost every case, my headache disappeared almost immediately. Ibuprofen might by helpful for really severe headaches (or you might not be getting enough sleep), but if you’ve noticed fairly frequent headaches and know you probably don’t drink enough water, increasing your water consumption might just be the cheap, easy and painless way to cure those headaches.



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Put Numbers In Your Cell Phone In Case Of Emergencies

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I don’t know how many people these days have a cell phone, but I’m guessing more people have them than don’t. I got my first cell phone for my eighteenth birthday, and I was thrilled. My youngest sister got her cell phone at age 13. Seriously?

Anyway, having a cell phone is, obviously, convenient, especially if you’re often away from your home. In college, my cell phone was my only phone, so I had it with me at all times.

Aside from using my cell phone to, er, call people, I also use it as a conglomerate for all those important numbers that are hard to find when you really need them. Even if you’re at home all day with your kids, keeping all those numbers in one place where they won’t get spilled on or erased can keep anxiety low in a high-pressure situation.

Some of the numbers that might be handy to have in your cell phone include:

  • your bank
  • your credit card company
  • your computer manufacturer
  • your auto mechanic
  • your doctor
  • a locksmith
  • your landlord
  • your telephone/internet provider

These are all numbers that can be found somewhere, but sometimes you just don’t have time to look for them. I first put my computer manufacturer’s number in my phone a couple years ago because I was having problems and had to keep calling them. I put my bank’s number in my phone after an experience when I was out of town and my debit card didn’t work.

Keeping those numbers in one place – and easily callable – definitely works for me.

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