6 Natural Remedies For Toothache

A toothache is not only painful but annoying. A visit to the dentist or taking a painkiller is the most preferred option for most of us. But, did you know that there are some natural remedies as well?

By Ashwin Dewan

6 Natural Remedies For Toothache

In most cases, a toothache is an indication of a cavity, an infection, gum disease or any other dental problems. A toothache can happen at any time of the day. If it happens during the daytime, one can always visit the dentist to get quick relief but if it occurs at night, it can mean a few hours of agonising pain until the dental shop opens.

Fortunately, there are trusted natural remedies that are as equally effective as medicines in treating a nagging toothache.

1. Clove oil

For decades, cloves have been used as an effective remedy against a toothache. According to a leading health website, the primary chemical compound of clove is eugenol, which is a natural anaesthetic. Clove oil can effective numb the pain and reduce inflammation as well. However, caution must be taken when using the clove oil on the affected area as the pain can worsen if the oil spills on the sensitive gum tissue or the tongue.

How to do it:

Put a small amount of clove oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. Try to dilute the clove oil with a few drops of carrier oil like olive oil or water. Alternatively, you can add a drop of clove oil to a glass of water and make a mouthwash.

2. Salt water rinse

One effective natural remedy for toothache is salt water. It is a natural disinfectant and can help loosen food particles and debris stuck between the teeth. It also cleanses any potential harmful bacteria that might be around the affected area.

How to do it:

Simply add ½ teaspoon salt to a small amount of warm water in a glass and swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Repeat once or twice, several times in a day.

3. Cold compress

Cod compress is another natural remedy to relieve any kind of pain you are experiencing. This is helpful in case the pain is due to trauma caused by a nagging toothache. When a cold compress is applied to the affected area, it causes the blood vessels in that area to constrict, which makes the pain less severe. Also, the cold can significantly reduce any swelling and inflammation.

How to do it:

Hold a towel-wrapped bag of ice to the affected area for at least 20 minutes at a given point in time. This should be repeated every few hours until the pain subsides.

4. Garlic

6 Natural Remedies For Toothache

Did you know that the humble garlic used in the kitchen is an effective natural remedy for toothache? It has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Allicin, a compound present in garlic has a powerful antibiotic effect, which provides relief to the affected area. It also helps fight infection from the inside, as there is likely to be swelling and inflammation.

How to do it:

Chop one garlic clove finely, smash it and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes or so to activate the allicin. Afterwards, try to apply a small amount directly on the affected area. Make sure you do not use too much as it can burn. Let it remain for a few minutes and then rinse with warm salt water.

5. Peppermint tea bags

Like clove oil, peppermint offers natural numbing properties, which brings relief to an aching tooth. It is one of nature’s most effective pain killers because menthol, which naturally occurs in mint works as an effective pain blocker. One easy way to use it is in peppermint tea bag form.

How to do it:

Place a peppermint tea bag in the refrigerator or freezer until it is cold and apply this bag onto the affected area for about 20 minutes. Repeat this over a few minutes until the pain lessens. If you don’t have any peppermint tea on hand but have peppermint essential oil, just add a few drops to a cotton ball and place it onto the affected area.

6. Turmeric

Turmeric is a wonder spice that has many properties, which includes being used as a natural treatment for toothaches. It possesses strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help stop and ease pain. It is also useful against tooth and gum infections.

How to do it:

Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a small amount of water to make a paste. Dip cotton ball into the paste and place into your mouth on the affected area.

From using ordinary spices available at home to rub it on the affected teeth to brushing and flossing the teeth well to take away any wedged-in particle, toothache in your child could be dealt in simple ways too. Go through this ClipBook to know how.

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