The problem with toothaches is that in many cases, they occur late at night. At this point, your dentist’s office is closed, so getting to a dentist is not an option. If you ever had the misfortune of suffering through a toothache, you know that it is not just your mouth that feels the pain.
Toothache pain can be felt all over your body. And while home remedies can’t cure the source of the problem (probably a bad tooth), they can alleviate the pain and help you survive until the next day or so when you’ll visit your dentist. Here are some toothache home remedies that have been proven to be effective.
Salt and Pepper
Let’s start with some of the simplest home remedies. Both salt and pepper are great anti-inflammatory and antibacterial assets to help you with the pain and sensitivity of your tooth.
Start by mixing equal amounts of the two ingredients, and add just a drop or two of water so you can make a paste. Apply the mixture directly on your tooth and let it stay there for few minutes. Repeat the remedy two times per day for several days, and the pain will be gone.
Speaking of salt and water, you can also do it the conventional way—by gargling with warm salt water. You need a glass of warm water and a pinch of salt. Mix the salt in the water until it dissolves, and then use the solution to rinse your mouth and gargle with it. You can repeat the treatment a few times per day to reduce inflammation and swelling.
When it comes to antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial foods, very few can compete with garlic. On top of everything, garlic has natural antibiotic properties that can soothe the pain from a toothache.
To prepare the remedy, crush one garlic clove and mix it with salt. Apply the mixture directly on the affected tooth, and let it stay there for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can chew some garlic cloves to alleviate pain and inflammation.
You know the saying: no kitchen meal is good enough without some garlic and onions. Aside from providing flavor and taste to every dish, garlic and onions are great home remedies for toothaches as well. Onions, like garlic, have powerful antiseptic properties that can help with the pain from your toothache. It’s just a matter of preference.
If you use onions, chew them for few minutes, and the pain will be gone. If you are not a fan of chewing onions, simply cut the onion in slices and place the slice on your affected tooth.
These aromatic flower buds can also help with toothaches due to their anesthetic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
For the home remedy, grind two whole cloves and add a little olive oil to make a paste. Apply the paste on your tooth, and watch the pain go away.
If you do not have raw cloves, use clove oil. Dip a cotton ball or cotton cloth in clove oil, and then press it against the affected tooth. Clove oil can also be mixed with water to prepare a mouthwash for rinsing and gargling to alleviate the pain from a toothache.
Ginger and Cayenne Pepper
Ginger and cayenne pepper are two of the hottest spices on the market. But their hotness comes with a benefit: their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Mix equal parts of the spices and add just enough water to make a paste. Using a cotton ball, apply the paste on the affected tooth. Make sure to avoid your gums and tongue. Leave the paste on your tooth for as long as you can stand it. Note: the paste will cause a burning sensation in your mouth. But at the same time, the pain will go away.
Peppermint tea is a household name in the home remedy area, and rightfully so. The flavored tea has numbing power, helping to alleviate toothache pain.
For this remedy, you need peppermint leaves and one cup of boiling water. Once the water starts boiling, add the leaves and steep for 20 minutes. Let the tea cool down, and then gargle with it. You can either swallow or spit the solution out after you’ve gargled with it.
Fresh leaves from the guava tree have anti-inflammatory properties, one of the main reasons why they help with toothache pain. This remedy is as simple as they come. All you need to do is chew fresh guava leaves, and wait for the juice to start working its magic.
Alternatively, you can use fresh guava leaves as mouthwash. Boil some leaves in fresh water, let the solution cool down, add some salt, and then use it to rinse your mouth.
People always associate spinach with building muscle. But spinach is also an anti-inflammatory food, and thanks to the high amount of vitamin C it contains, spinach can help with almost any pain. As with guava leaves, chew some spinach leaves for few minutes.
The best part here is that wheatgrass juice is sold as a finished product. The juice has powerful antibacterial properties. You can use it as a mouthwash to fight tooth decay, absorb toxins from your gums, relieve pain from a toothache and prevent growth of bacteria in your mouth. Chewing raw wheatgrass is also an option.
Due to its calming effects, vanilla extract has long been used as a home remedy for toothaches. The popular remedy helps by numbing the pain.
For this remedy, you’ll need a cotton swab to apply the extract directly on your tooth. Repeat the process a few times per day.
Almost any pain can be relieved by a cold compress. Don’t worry, you won’t need to put ice cubes in your mouth. Simply wrap one or two ice cubes in a cotton cloth, and then press it on your cheek near the affected area.
You can use any other cold compress to numb the nerve endings and alleviate the pain from a toothache.
Using 3% hydrogen peroxide will kill any bacteria living in your mouth. Toothache is a result of bacteria causing pain, and the hydrogen peroxide solution will provide temporary relief from it.
Word of advice: use the hydrogen peroxide solution only for rinsing your mouth. Be careful not to swallow it. After spitting out the hydrogen peroxide, gargle with plain old tap water.
Every list of home remedies has vinegar on it, toothache included. To alleviate toothache pain, you need a small piece of brown paper and vinegar. Soak the paper in vinegar and sprinkle black pepper on one side. Hold the paper on your cheek, near the affected area.
Speaking of household names in the home remedy area, we cannot ignore baking soda. The simplest way to use baking soda is to mix one teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water, and then use the solution as mouthwash. As with hydrogen peroxide, be careful not to swallow the solution.
Every alcohol has numbing properties, but it’s best to use hard liquor like bourbon or whiskey. A word of advice: alcohol is not recommended as a remedy for a child’s toothache. For adults, however, soaking a cotton ball in alcohol and then pressing it on the affected area provides pain relief.
To prepare this remedy, you’ll also need olive oil. Mix few drops of oregano oil in one teaspoon of olive oil, and then use a cotton ball to apply it on your affected tooth.
You can swap water for olive oil if you prefer.
Fresh potatoes can help relieve pain from a toothache as well as provide antibacterial properties. Cut one fresh potato with the skin off, and then press it against your tooth.
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