Written by Ashwin Dewan and published on 23 June 2021.
Are you looking for toothache remedies without a visit to the dentist or taking a painkiller? Did you know that toothaches can be treated with home remedies? Find out how
Are you looking for toothache remedies? 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 or night. Most over-the-counter medicine can provide quick relief but the root cause of the pain needs to be investigated and treated.
Fortunately, there are trusted home remedies for toothaches that are equally effective as medicines in treating a nagging toothache. These home remedies could be used by both parents and children, however, make sure that ingredients should not touch the rest of the mouth other than the affected area as it might bring a burning sensation.
For decades, cloves have been used as an effective remedy against toothache. The primary chemical compound of clove is eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. Clove oil can effectively 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 use:
Put a small amount of clove oil on a cotton ball or Q tip and apply it to the affected area. You can also dilute the clove oil with a few drops of olive oil or water. Alternatively, you can add a drop of clove oil to a glass of water and make a mouthwash.
One effective natural remedy for toothache is saltwater gurgle. It is a natural disinfectant and can help loosen food particles and debris stuck between the teeth. It also cleanses any potentially harmful bacteria that might be around the affected area.
How to use:
Simply add one 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.
Cold 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 use:
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.
Did you know that the humble garlic used in the kitchen is an effective natural remedy for a 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.
Chop one pod of garlic finely, smash it and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes or so to activate the allicin. Afterward, 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 saltwater.
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. Menthol, which naturally occurs in mint works as a pain blocker. One easy way to use it is in peppermint tea bag form.
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 for 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.
Turmeric is a wonder spice that has many properties, which include being used as a natural treatment for toothaches. It possesses strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help stop and ease the pain. It is also useful against tooth and gum infections.
How to use:
Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a small amount of water to make a paste. Dip a cotton ball into the paste and place it into your mouth on the affected area.