10 Home Remedies for a Toothache

10 Home Remedies for a Toothache

A toothache is one of the worst sorts of pain you can experience. This pain is particularly sharp due to the nerve endings in your tooth, which when agitated due to some issue in the tooth like a cavity, can lead to severe pain. Toothaches are often particularly bad as after a prolonged period, they tend to extend to the head, ears etc amplifying the net effect of the pain considerably. As important as it is to visit your dentist immediately upon facing dental pain that persists beyond 2 days, sometimes instant relief is extremely necessary until the professional treatment is available. Moreover, concerns about dental laboratory safety are often distressing and home remedies are the key handy and healthy way of temporarily regulating dental pain.

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So, here are 10 home remedies to help you reduce a toothache.

1. Clove

Cloves are a very historical remedy for toothaches. Having a strong chemical called eugenol which is a natural anaesthetic, cloves effectively numb out the pain. Further, having natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, they effectively fight any sort of mouth infections, which is why they are often an ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes. You can either take a clove in your mouth and chew it a little and keep in between the affected teeth or you can use ground cloves and mix it with olive oil and apply it to the affected area. You can also alternatively use clove oil by dabbing it in a cotton ball and applying it to the affected tooth or gum or even mix it in water and use it as a mouthwash.

2. Turmeric

There’s almost nothing this wonder-spice cannot do. Due to its strong antiseptic, analgesic and antibacterial properties, it has long been used as a natural treatment for toothaches as it fights the infection and stops the pain in its tracks at the same time. Tooth or gum infections or mouth abscesses can all be controlled by using turmeric. It can either be used by mixing turmeric powder with water to make a paste and either dabbed in a cotton ball for an application or can be applied directly to the affected area. It can also be mixed with honey before application to utilise the powerful antibacterial properties of honey and improve the taste.

3. Salt water rinse

Salt has been the optimum choice for cleaning out infected and wounded areas for centuries. Owing to its strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it effectively curbs the infection and cleanses the affected area. Further, it also has exemplary healing properties, especially sea salt. Hence pain doctors recommend frequent warm salt water rinses to effectively treat ulcers, cavities and gum problems. Mix couple of spoons of salt in warm water and swish around the water in your mouth for 30 seconds. Done twice on a daily basis, it reduces pain to a great extent.

4. Garlic

Apart from giving your baked cod a wonderful flavour, this medicinal wonder has potent antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties which have been used since 2,000 BC by the Romans, Greeks, ancient Egyptians and Chinese, has a compound called allicin which has an extremely powerful antibiotic effect. Allicin is released when garlic is crushed. So, chop and smash a clove of garlic, let it sit for 10 minutes and then apply a small amount to the affected area. Leave it there for a few minutes and then rinse with warm salt water to cleanse out the germs and infection and remove any lingering burning sensation from the garlic.

5. Vanilla extract

The alcohol in vanilla extract acts as a cleaning and numbing agent, thus reducing the pain. The added benefit of this home remedy is that the scent of the ingredient helps relax people which helps the body release happy hormones which are natural painkillers. After cleaning your hands, place the extract on your fingertip and rub it into the affected area. It can alternatively be dabbed onto a cotton ball and applied to the affected area. However, it should be kept in mind that s remedy should not be used in kids due to the alcohol content and also that this remedy is temporary and only lasts until the alcohol evaporates.

6. Guava leaves

Due to its powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, as well as its high flavonoid content, Guava leaves are quick to alleviate toothaches as well as relieving swollen gums and mouth ulcers. Owing to their capacity to reduce gum inflammation and leave your breath fresh and clean, they are often recommended by dental experts for good oral hygiene. It can be used by making a paste or even chewing a couple leaves until the juice starts working on the affected area. It can also be used as a mouthwash couple times a day by boiling a few leaves in water and sprinkling some salt after cooling the solution.

7. Wheatgrass

High in terpenes and having natural antibacterial and antibiotic properties, it not only helps prevent tooth decay and protect the teeth and gums from infections but also relieves toothaches. Having high chlorophyll content it reduces the growth of bacteria and keeps the infection under control. For best results, you can chew on it directly with the affected tooth or extract the juice of wheatgrass and use it as a mouthwash to relieve inflammation and promote healing.

8. Ice compress

Ice is commonly used to reduce inflammation and curb pain by numbing nerve endings. In case of swelling ora toothache due to trauma, it will help effectively. However,r if you have sensitive teeth, it might aggravate the pain, hence keep note of that. The best way to use ice would be the wrapped ice into a towel and place it on the painful side of the cheek. In case you want a direct cold application, keep an ice cube in the painful area in the mouth but avoid chewing on it.

9. Peppermint

Peppermint is a very common ingredient of toothpaste and mouthwashes as it contains menthol, which has strong anti-bacterial and healing properties, helps reduce pain and gives you minty fresh breath. You can either topically apply Peppermint essential oil or have Peppermint tea and use cooled tea bags directly on the area that is throbbing and painful.

10. Hydrogen peroxide rinse

This is one of the safest and most effective solutions for all tooth and gum problems. Instead of temporarily reducing the pain like some other solutions, its strong antibacterial properties kill off whatever germs are causing the infection and hence the pain, thus curbing the problem at its very root. Rinse the mouth with Hydrogen peroxide after diluting it with water for best results. However, avoid using this method on children as ingesting even a small amount instead of spitting it out can be dangerous and it can also cause a burning effect in the mouth.

With these ten home remedies, you can handle a toothache effectively without any fear of dental sedation!

Author Bio

Ross is a blogger who loves to write especially in the Gifting vertical. He has written many informative Blogs. He has also written blogs in other verticals too like personal development, unique gifting blogs . He co-authored Supercharge Organic Traffic: A popular course focusing on Organic Traffic for Ecommerce.

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