Toothache can be the result of a number of problems such as dental cavities, gum disease, chipped teeth or a loose filling. It should never be ignored and you should see a dentist as soon as possible. However, until you visit your dentist you can use a home remedy to soothe the pain.
Here are 10 best home remedies for toothache:
1) Clove oil: Clove oil does wonders against toothache and it is must-have in every home. Clove oil has been in use as a home remedy for toothache since a long time. Cloves contain an active ingredient known as eugenol which acts as a natural anesthetic.
Cloves numb the nerves of the teeth and provide instant relief from toothache. Clove oil is effective against different kinds of dental pain including dental cavities, ulcers and sore gums. Clove oil is used in many dental products.
2) Garlic: Garlic has many beneficial properties. In fact, it is considered a medicinal wonder. It has strong antiseptic properties and is also effective against harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses. Garlic has been used in traditional medicinal systems such as Ayurveda since thousands of years. The medicinal properties of garlic are due to a biochemical known as allicin which has strong antibiotic properties.
To reduce toothache using garlic, crush a clove into a fine mash and then apply it to the tooth. Apply garlic paste in moderation as too much can cause a burning sensation. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse with water.
Garlic not only numbs the nerves and reduces pain but also fights inflammation. If you have swelling from toothache or any other injury, adding more garlic to your meals can provide relief. You can also swallow a few crushed cloves directly or take them along with curd. Unlike antibiotics, bacteria don’t build resistance to garlic. Therefore, the efficacy of garlic will not reduce over time. The only problem with garlic is its strong smell. You can prevent it by using a mouthwash or a mouth freshener after taking garlic.
3) Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is one of the best home remedies for toothache. It is effective against toothache, swollen gums and other problems. It works by killing the bacteria directly. It also cleans the teeth and prevents growth of bacteria. It is particularly useful if the toothache is accompanied by fever or bad taste in the mouth. Take a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and swish for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water afterwards.
You should be careful not to swallow hydrogen peroxide solution. Also check the strength of the solution. In higher concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can burn the skin.
4) Turmeric: Turmeric is one of the most beneficial spices. It has numerous health benefits and has been in use in traditional medicinal systems since thousands of years. In traditional systems of medicine, it is prescribed as the treatment for numerous conditions and is commonly used to treat cuts and wounds. Turmeric has potent antiseptic, antimicrobial and analgesic properties. Turmeric is also effective against toothaches and gum infections.
Crush a fresh piece of turmeric root and apply it to the affected tooth. If fresh turmeric is not available, you can also use turmeric powder. Take a pinch of turmeric powder and add a few drops of water or honey to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected tooth. You can also make a mouthwash by boiling a piece of fresh turmeric in water and rinse your mouth with it.
5) Peppermint: Peppermint has soothing properties and brings instant relief from toothache. Peppermint oil is used in many pain relief sprays and ointments. To treat toothache, apply crushed peppermint leaves or peppermint oil and let it remain for about 10 minutes. You will get instant relief from the pain. It should be noted that peppermint doesn’t provide long lasting results and the pain may return soon. Therefore, apply another dose of peppermint leaves or oil as soon as the pain returns. The efficacy of peppermint is due to menthol which is an effective pain blocker.
6) Salt water: Salt water has good cleansing properties. Swishing warm salt water can provide instant relief from a toothache. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish it in your mouth for one minute. Repeat as soon as the pain returns. If you do not experience sufficient reduction in pain, try adding more salt to the water. Salt water also reduces swelling, cleans the mouth and washes away food particles and bacteria.
7) Guava leaves: Guava leaves are effective against toothache, swollen gums and mouth ulcers. They contain biochemicals that have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Guava leaves also contain antioxidants such as flavonoids. They are also a good remedy for bad breath.
You can chew a guava leaf until the juice starts its work on the aching tooth. Alternatively, you can also boil a few leaves in water to make a concoction and swish with your mouth with it. For better results, add a spoon of salt to it. As mentioned before, salt also works in relieving toothache.
8) Cucumber: Cucumber is commonly used to treat dark circles under the eyes. However, it is also effective in relieving toothache. Cucumber is soothing and has hemostatic properties. It reduces blood flow to the affected area and therefore reduces pain and inflammation.
To get relief from toothache, slice a small piece of cucumber and place it on the affected teeth. You can also crush cucumber with a pinch of salt and place it around the affected tooth.
9) Onions: Onions have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and kill bacteria. Apply a piece of crushed onion to the tooth that is aching and let it remain for some time. Rinse with warm water. Repeat as soon as you start experiencing pain again.
10) Whiskey/Rum/Brandy/Vodka: There is no scientific proof that alcoholic liquors such as whiskey, rum, brandy, vodka, etc. work in relieving toothache. However, many people find it effective. Taking alcohol doesn’t relive toothache but applying it directly many numb the nerves and provide relief. Also, alcohol in higher concentrations acts as an antiseptic and kills bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Therefore applying an alcoholic liquor to the tooth or swishing your mouth with it may be beneficial.
Drinking alcohol also slows down the central nervous system and may give an impression of pain relief. However, this is only temporary and the pain may return soon and make you feel worse. Consuming alcohol is bad for your health in the long run. Therefore, resist the urge to gulp down a peg. Instead apply it to the tooth using a cotton swab or swish it in your mouth. Repeat this as soon as the pain returns.