A toothache can present as a dull or sharp pain that may arise spontaneously on its own or by stimulation, which may be so severe that it doesn’t allow an individual to eat, sleep, or rest comfortably.
The most common cause of a toothache is tooth decay. Other causes may be an abscess, gum infection or disease, damaged or fractured tooth, or jaw problems. Sometimes, toothache may be due to sinus infection, viral infection, drug abuse, or vitamin deficiency.
Some of the effective natural home remedies below work by calming inflammation in your mouth, killing harmful bacteria, or acting as a numbing agent for minor issues.
Home Remedies for Toothache
Below are a few natural home remedies for a toothache:
Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to the outside of mouth for 10 to 15 minutes every hour until pain subsides. A cold compress or an ice pack can help ease dental pain, especially if a toothache is due to injury or swollen gums.
Heat a cup of water and dissolve a spoon of salt in it. Swish the lukewarm liquid in the mouth a couple of times. Repeat if necessary. It is a natural disinfectant. It may heal swelling, clean infections, as well as loosen food particles in your teeth.
Place a couple of cloves between aching tooth and cheek. Let the cloves soak in mouth’s saliva for some minutes to soften them up. Then gently chew them so that the soothing oils in the cloves are released in the surrounding area of aching tooth. Leave the cloves in place for about 30 minutes.
Clove oil contains the active ingredient eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. It helps numb and reduce pain to ease a toothache.
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antibiotic properties to keep infection at bay.
Peppermint oil can also be used on its own to help alleviate toothache.
Thyme oil is believed to have antibacterial as well as antioxidant properties, which may relieve toothache.
Use a cotton bud to apply a few drops to the painful area and leave it there for a short while to allow the oil to act.
Place a clove of garlic with a little rock salt on the affected tooth. Garlic has a lot of medicinal benefits and is being used for a few centuries. When crushed, garlic releases allicin, a natural antibacterial agent, which can kill harmful, plaque-causing bacteria and provide pain relief.
Make a paste of ground ginger or ground red pepper (or both) in enough water. Dip a cotton ball in the paste, squeeze out any excess, then apply the cotton directly to the sore tooth. Don’t let the paste touch gums, as it can be very irritating. If it feels too hot, rinse mouth and discontinue use.
Asafetida and Lemon
Asafetida with lemon juice is one of the most common home remedies for toothache. Mix Asafetida with lemon juice and slightly heat it. Soak a cotton swab in this mixture and place it in the tooth cavity which will relieve pain quickly.
Place a small piece of natural, edible camphor on the affected tooth.
Make a paste of turmeric powder with some water and apply it to the affected area. It can also be mixed with some honey instead of water and applied to the aching tooth. Turmeric is known for its healing properties. It is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
They have antimicrobial properties that reduce swelling and pain. Fresh guava leaves may be washed and can be chewed directly or can be used as a mouthwash.
Chew wheat grass. The juice of wheat grass acts as an excellent mouthwash for tooth decay and cures toothaches.
Do’s for Toothache
- Include plenty of raw vegetables in diet.
- Establish a good oral hygiene routine.
- Use dental floss or tape to remove any food debris trapped between teeth.
Gently clean either side of the painful tooth.
- Rinse mouth thoroughly with a salt water mouthwash.
Don’ts for Toothache
- Avoid drinking or eating anything very hot or very cold.
- Avoid high carbohydrate foods.
When to See a Doctor
- Have severe pain, foul smelling breath or a swollen face.
The information provided in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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