Natural Remedies for Toothache
Throbbing, pulling and nerve-breaking toothache can be very painful. WebMD defines a toothache as a pain around or within a tooth. There are many reasons for severe dental pain. Here are some of the most common causes of a toothache:
- Tooth decay;
- A damaged filling within a tooth;
- Infected gums;
- Grinding teeth;
- Repetitive motions like chewing a gum.
Constant, sharp or throbbing toothache pain is not the only symptom that you may have if you experience teeth problems. Other symptoms are:
- Swollen gums around a tooth;
- Headache or fever;
- Drainage with a foul taste leaking from the infected tooth;
- Bad breath.
What to do for a toothache?
First and foremost, you need to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Fear, a busy schedule and a lack of money are temporary reasons for a delay that should not prevent you from a professional toothache treatment. You can wait up to 1-2 days to visit a dentist, but if you are in pain you should try to make an appointment as soon as possible. During this period, you can try to achieve toothache relief on your own with medical or home remedies.
Popular medical toothache remedies
WebMD suggests using the following trusted methods for a tooth pain relief. By “trusted” we mean medications and therapies approved by the international dental organizations. If you have a severe toothache, immediately try one of the following methods:
Take a painkiller
Such medications are great for instant but temporary toothache pain relief. If you can’t bear the tooth pain at work and you need to stop it immediately, take a painkillers. Aspirin pills are the most effective ones. Take Aspirin only as required.
You can also apply benzocaine-containing anesthetics that numb the painful area. They are addictive and must be used only for a short time.
Apply a cold compress
For quick tooth pain relief, especially if your face is swollen, you can place a cold compress with ice packs wrapped in a clean towel on the cheek.
Rinse the mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide
Most Americans store Hydrogen Peroxide in a medicine cabinet at home or in an office first-aid kit. This is really one of the most effective but short-term tooth pain remedies recommended even by some U.S. dentists for ache relief. It effectively fights against germs and reduces swelling. But make sure to mix it with plenty of water before rinsing. Using undiluted Hydrogen Peroxide, you can burn your gums and teeth or affect your stomach!
Mix 3 equal parts of water and Hydrogen Peroxide and swish in the mouth for 30 seconds. Spit and rinse with clean water afterward.
Rinse the mouth with warm salt water
For the same effect, you can use a mixture of table salt and hot water for a tooth ache. Simply add ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish in your mouth thoroughly, then spit it out. The warm salt water rinse will help to lessen swelling and inflammation. Also, it kills germs causing an infection.
Home remedies for a toothache
Since the ancient times, people have gathered recipes for tooth pain relief. Some home remedies turn out to be very effective and can ease your suffering until visiting a dentist’s office. Among the most popular and efficient home remedies for tooth pain are:
Clove oil for home toothache cure
Cloves are recognized as natural anesthetics, scientifically called as eugenol. Clove oil can quickly numb the throbbing area in your mouth but only for the short term. To achieve this effect you need to drip 1-2 drops of the clove oil onto a cotton ball and apply directly to the tooth.
The cotton ball soaked in bourbon
Like most alcoholic beverages, bourbon has excellent numbing characteristics. To relieve a toothache, home remedy based on bourbon affects the nerves directly. But it won’t help if you rinse or drink bourbon. You need to drop a bit on a cotton ball and cover the aching tooth with this ball for a short time. Such remedy is not good for kids. Even a very small amount of alcohol taken by a little child can trigger serious consequences like vomiting or seizures.
Peppermint tea bags to calm gums
Only used and wet peppermint tea bags are applied as a natural pain relief for a toothache. Just like cloves, peppermint tea can numb and soothe the sensitive gum tissue. Besides, this herb is completely safe to use for little children. There are two ways to apply used peppermint tea bags for a toothache:
- Put a wet tea bag in a freezer for 5 minutes and then place on the tooth. Keep it during 20 minutes;
- Apply a cooled tea bag (without a freezer) straight on the aching/throbbing area.
Vanilla extract for a toothache relief
Vanilla extract is also based on the alcoholic component and can’t be recommended for kids. Vanilla extract provides a soothing effect to ease pain for a short time. You can apply the Vanilla extract remedy for toothache in 2 ways:
- Apply a small amount of the extract on a cotton ball just like with bourbon and place on the tooth. Repeat 2-3 times a day;
- Dab a small amount on your finger and rub the gum or tooth that aches.
Before applying any of the medical or natural remedies for tooth pain, keep in mind that they can’t replace professional dental treatment.