A toothache is not something that is new or modern.
If you think about it, even the first cavemen suffered from cavity, and they had no dentists around to help them.
So, in a way, natural home remedies for toothache have been around for a while.
There are reasons why natural remedies still persist, despite the fact that you can find a dentist in a one block radius.
For starters, some people still have fear of treatment, and especially fear of dentists.
Additionally, some people are just firm believers in natural remedies.
And last but not least, some people lack the time to visit the dentist.
With that being said, I will recommend you several home remedies for toothache that work, and they will help with your pain.
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Causes, symptoms and triggers
It is easy to detect a toothache, as you will feel pain in the tooth and mouth. That is the primary symptom, but the pain can vary and present itself in multiple ways.
- Swelling and painful gums
- Sharp throbbing and constant pain
- Tooth pain that occurs only when you apply pressure
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fever or headache
Generally speaking, tooth pain is caused by inflammation of the soft, center part of the tooth. But there a number of conditions that cause the pain. Here are some:
- Cavities, or better known as tooth decay
- Damaged fillings
- Infected gums
- Repetitive motions like chewing and/or grinding
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Infection at the root of the tooth
In some cases, people notice the pain instantly. In others, people feel pain when they come into contact with certain triggers. Behaviors and foods can be classified as triggers that can start a toothache or worsen the symptoms. They include:
- Sweet foods
- Putting pressure on the tooth
- Cold drinks
- Cold food
- Biting down on anything
Home remedies for a toothache that work
Thanks to its natural richness with eugenol, a natural anesthetic, clove oil are the perfect home remedy for a toothache.
You can sprinkle few drops on a cotton ball and apply the ball to the tooth that hurts you.
The clove oil will help numb the affected area temporarily.
However, I must warn you, this is a temporary solution, and if clove oil comes in contact with some other sensitive areas, you might feel pain on your tongue as well.
Peppermint Tea Bags
One of the safest ways to battle toothache, peppermint is effective as it can calm sensitive skin and has numbing properties.
There are two ways you can use peppermint tea bags for your toothache.
The first one is by applying cooled tea bag on the affected area.
The second way is to put the peppermint tea bag in the freezer, and then apply it to the throbbing area.
One downside, same as with the clove oil, the pain will come back after approximately one hour after you remove the tea bags.
Bourbon-Soaked Cotton Ball
A word of notice, this treatment is only for adults.
It is not safe for kids as the hard liquor will get in contact with their mouth.
As with most alcohols, bourbon has strong numbing properties.
What you want to do is dip the cotton ball in bourbon, and then cover the throbbing area with it.
As with many other home remedies for a toothache on this list, the solution is only temporary.
One of the best antibiotics out there, garlic can inhibit the growth of the bacteria that is causing your tooth to hurt.
The best way to use garlic for a toothache is to mash a garlic clove and salt, and once you get the smooth paste to apply it on the throbbing area.
However, if you feel like going hard-core, you can get some garlic glove and chew it.
This home remedy is safe, but it relieves from pain only temporary.
Pepper and Salt
Salt and pepper carry antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties that will calm the throbbing area and relieve pain.
For this home remedy, mix equal amounts of the two ingredients and add few drops of water.
Mix the ingredients until you get a paste, and then apply the paste on the throbbing area.
Let it stay there for few minutes.
As they have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic properties, fresh guava leaves can come in handy when battling toothache.
Get some leaves, put them in your mouth and chew until the juice they extract starts working on your throbbing area.
You can also use guava leaves as a mouthwash to relieve pain from a toothache.
Put about five leaves in water, boil it, and after the solution has cooled down, add some salt.
Vanilla extract contains some alcohol, and we already established that alcohol has a numbing effect.
Additionally, the scent of the vanilla is relaxing and soothing.
The best way to use vanilla extract is to apply it on a cotton ball, and rub the ball on your throbbing area.
Alternatively, you can also put some vanilla extract on your finger, and rub your tooth and gum.
Peppermint tea bags
You can use peppermint tea bags to numb the pain in the mouth and soothe your sensitive gums. Peppermint is praised as an anti-inflammatory ingredient, as well as antimicrobial.
That will help you soothe pain, but also solve the root of the problem.
For this remedy, brew some peppermint tea, and then cool down the tea bag.
Apply it to the affected area. Make sure it is still slightly warm. You can also try the cool approach. Put a used tea bag of peppermint tea in the freezer for a couple of minutes. Let it chill down, and then apply to the tooth.
Ginger and cayenne
Both of these ingredients possess some powerful and potent properties that will help soothe toothache. Combine them together, and you have an even better remedy.
For this remedy, you need equal parts of the two spices. Mix them with enough water to prepare a paste. Roll a small ball of cotton into paste. Once saturated, place it on your tooth. Avoid the gums and tongue. Let the cotton ball stay there until the pain fades, or as long as you can stand it.
Because of the spicy ingredients in ginger and cayenne pepper, you can expect it to burn. Both spices are potent painkillers, and you can try them separately or together.
Among the many uses of hydrogen peroxide, you can use the solution to treat tooth pain. It is one of the most common solutions for reliving pain, but also mouth, teeth, and gum problems.
You will need 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Swish with it in your mouth to provide temporary pain relief. If the toothache is accompanied by a fever, this solution is that much more better.
Similar to salt water, hydrogen peroxide works as a cleansing agent. And because it can attack bacteria, it is even more effective than saline. Swish for 30 seconds, and then rinse with clean water.
Just make sure not to swallow, both the water and the hydrogen peroxide solution. Repeat the process once or twice per day, or until you are able to get to the dentist.
Providing natural antibacterial properties, wheatgrass can help you fight off tooth decay and relieve pain in the same time. It acts as a natural antibiotic. In the same time, wheatgrass protects your teeth and gums from infection.
For this remedy, chew the wheatgrass directly with the affected tooth. If you do not like chewing, you can use wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore A toothache
While I know for certain that the home remedies I suggested you will work for your toothache, I also must warn you.
Treating the pain is not enough.
Even if the pain from your toothache stops, you absolutely must check your overall teeth health at your dentist.
The reason why I say this is because toothache symptoms can be caused by some severe problems that you shouldn’t ignore.
For starters, toothache is usually caused by cavities, tooth enamel erosion, sinus pressure, bruxism, inflammation of the pulp in the teeth, joint disorder, periodontitis, and sometimes, even heart attack and angina.
When to see your dentist?
While most home remedies for toothache can help, in some cases, a toothache is just way too severe. Or, it can be a result of a more serious medical condition and underlying health problem.
In that case, you need to see your dentist, so that he can provide a proper treatment. Yes, toothaches can be treated with home remedies, but sometimes, they require medical attention. In this case, a dentist might prescribe over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you have any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately:
- General pain that lasts more than two days
- Trouble breathing
- Trouble swallowing
- Pain when you bite
- Abnormally red gums
- Foul-tasting discharge, commonly known as pus