Remember the last time you had toothache? How painful it was? You couldn’t concentrate on your work. In fact, you couldn’t do anything at all. The unbearable pain wouldn’t have let you do anything and it took hours for the pain to go. Right?
Toothache is one of those pains that always come uninvited and uninformed. So here we are with some remedies to prepare you for this excruciating pain. Before we start with the remedies there are some things that are important to understand regarding toothaches. There are several problems that lead to toothache including cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and cracked tooth.
Toothache usually result from tooth decay; in fact it is one of the major causes of toothache which can result from consuming excessive amount of refined sugar, carbonated drinks, candies, and carbohydrates. The sugar contained in these foods is broken down into acids by the bacteria in the mouth, which then combine with the calcium present in the enamel and cause tooth decay or erosion.
Always ensure that you brush your teeth properly, in circular motion, to protect your teeth from decay. Also massage your gums with a soft tooth brush to improve the blood circulation of the gums; this would protect you from gum infections.
For healthy teeth and gums, healthy diet is very important. Avoid foods containing sugar; choose raw vegetables and whole grains.
When you encounter toothache it is better that you consult a dentist and take immediate actions before things get worst. To ease out the pain we have some natural remedies out of your kitchen and completely safe for use.
Clove is considered to be the best remedy for toothache. Clove is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and antioxidant properties. For toothache relief you will have to dab a small cotton ball in clove oil and apply directly to the infected tooth. You can also make clove oil rinse by adding a few drops of it in ½ glass water, mix well and gargle. If you do not have clove oil you can grind some cloves and add them to cooking oil (few drops) and apply this mixture to the aching tooth.
The antibiotic properties of garlic are effective in inhibiting the growth of the bacteria in the mouth, which saves us from tooth decay. Take a clove of garlic and finely crush it with some salt and apply. In case you do not have fresh garlic you can use garlic powder in the same manner.
The antibacterial properties of wheatgrass cure tooth decay as well as toothache. Extract some wheatgrass juice and rinse your mouth with it. It will kill the bacteria causing gum infection and would also remove the toxins from the gum. If you can’t extract its juice you can chew wheatgrass to take its benefits.
In onion you will find some antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that play a vital role in treating tooth decay. All you need to do is chew some raw onion to get rid of the pain. It you can’t chew it because of the intense pain you can cut a small piece and place it directly on the infected tooth.
We all love guavas! Did you know that there leaves can alleviate toothache? Simply chew on one to two leaves. You can also make a mouthwash with guava leaves. Take 4 to 5 leaves and boil them in a glass of water, add a little salt and rinse your mouth with it when warm. You can substitute guava leaves with spinach leaves to get the same results.
Salt and Pepper
The ideal combination of salt and pepper can work miracles for our teeth as well. The remedy is highly recommended for people who are looking for a cure for sensitivity and dental cavities. Take equal amount of salt and pepper and make a paste by adding a few drops of water. Apply it to the affected area.
One of the most common and effective remedy for toothache is salt rinse, prepared by adding ½ teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle with this solution twice or thrice a day. This remedy is effective for reducing swelling of the gums and also for treating bacterial infections.
A paste made of bark of bay berry and vinegar is very helpful for getting rid of toothache. This herbal remedy is also very popular for making the gums and teeth strong.
For a quick relief from toothache take a plastic bag and put an ice cube in it, then wrap it in a piece of cloth and apply it to the cheek, right over the area of the aching tooth for one to two minutes. This will make the nerves numb and as a result you will feel less pain. Acupressure technique can also be applied, rub a small piece of ice between the area of index finger and thumb for few minutes. This will ease out the pain.
Toothache and bleeding gums can be effectively treated by using asafetida. Take some lemon juice and add a pinch of asafetida in it and then heat it, until it gets slightly warm. Dip a small cotton ball in it and apply to the aching tooth. You can also fry asafetida in clarified butter and apply it to the cavities, this will give you an instant relief.
Remember! Sometimes more aggressive treatments are required to cure toothache rather than simple home remedies. If you do not get relief from the above mentioned remedies, it is suggested to immediately consult your dentist