Simple Home Remedies for Toothache

If you have ever gotten a toothache, you know how painful it can be; so much so that you end up grinding your teeth and making it worse. And when that toothache strikes in the middle of the night or at a time when you can’t possible get to a dentist? Well, you’re in for the worst hours of your life then. Not anymore, and not with these simple home remedies for toothache.

Home Remedies for Toothache

  1. Clove

Cloves have a natural anesthetic in them, called eugenol, which helps in numbing the nerves. However, one needs to be careful while using it for toothache because getting it on your tongue or a sensitive gum tissue can worsen the pain. You can use clove to relieve toothache in one of these ways:

  • Pour 2 drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place it on your tooth until the pain decreases.
  • If you don’t have clove oil, you can also put clove powder or a whole clove on your tooth. Chewing the whole clove releases its oil after which you can keep it on your tooth for about 30 minutes, or until the pain decreases.
  1. Salt Water

Salt water is good for cleaning the area around an affected tooth and reducing the swelling which may be causing the tooth to ache. Simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of boiling water. Swish it around your mouth for around 30 second and spit. Repeat as and when needed.

  1. Ice

Icing a painful areais a good way to numb the pain:

  • Take an ice cube and place it inside a plastic bag. Cover this bag in a cloth and place it over your tooth for about 15 minutes.
  • You can also put this homemade ice pack on your cheek where your aching tooth is.
  • According to some, massaging an ice cube (covered in a thin piece of cloth) between your thumb and forefinger can also help with a toothache.
  1. Peppermint Tea

You can also soothe an aching tooth by drinking peppermint tea:

  • Take 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves and add it to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and let it steep for about 20 minutes. Let it cool down, swish it around in your mouth and then either swallow or spit out.

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