Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, the left side of your mouth completely in agony. You brush with the maximum strength toothpaste allowable without a prescription, it doesn't work. So you stagger to the kitchen, break out the pestle and mortar, grab a clove of garlic and just grind it into a paste. You put some salt in the paste and then apply it to nearly every tooth on the left side of your mouth. You wait out the burning sensation. It's not as bad as the aching that woke you up though. When it's done, you spit out what you can of the paste. The rest has to be dug out of the fractures and holes in your teeth.
Why not go to a dentist? I get that question a lot. I don't make enough money to afford the insurance and I can't afford anything but getting them pulled, which presents a problem. I still have my molars, in fact. The pain is in part by them pushing their way in.
I used to eat a lot of sweets, soda, just generally enjoy my life. Now I'm limited to picking and choosing which side of my mouth I intend to suffer through. Eating feels like an immensely painful chore at times so I'm stuck to eating noodles or slurping my way through soup.
I'm 28. My eating habits are that of an 80 year old man. I've lost weight. I'm down to 108 pounds.
I hate it. I hate having to smell of garlic and clove oil.