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
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.