All of us have experienced toothache every once in awhile, and we all know how painful and irritating it can be. Toothaches can affect all people irrespective of the age or gender and quite often it comes by without any warning. It can happen because of an infection in either the tooth or the gums and the pain can get so excruciating that it an prevent you from doing even simple everyday things. What you must do immediately, is go to the dentist and get rid of the problem, otherwise you might have to get rid of the tooth!
However, the problem is that the teeth usually tend to ache during the nights, the weekends, or the holidays, not even bearing in mind that the dentists aren’t working! And you cannot just sit and do nothing by the time you go to the dentist as the pain can get unbearable. But no worries! Here we will give you some amazing homemade remedies that serve to relieve toothache and soothe infected teeth and gums. However, you need to bear in mind that the remedies will only provide temporary relief, and you will still have to go to the dentist to fix your teeth.
The best part about these remedies is that most of them are made with everyday ingredients that we already have in our kitchen. They are all natural and very easy to make. They will provide relief for the pain but always make sure you go and see your dentist to address the problem.
- Clove oil – All you need for this simple remedy is 1-2 drops of clove oil. SImply put the oil right on the tooth that is aching and let it work its magic. Make sure you keep your tongue away from the tooth as you don’t want to lick the oil before it soothes the pain. You can repeat this process 3-4 times a day.
Cloves contain eugenol, which is the essential component in relieving the pain. The toothache will start to reduce within minutes after applying the oil. This was known even from long time ago and cloves have been used by medical practitioners in Eastern medicine for centuries.
A little heads up for this remedy: cloves are a pungent spice so you need to be prepared for some sharp taste.
- Vanilla extract – For this one you will need a cotton swab and 2-3 drops of vanilla extract. Simply use the swab to apply the vanilla extract directly on the tooth where you feel the pain. You can do this as many times that you like, until you feel relief. Vanilla is known for its analgesic and antiseptic properties, so this will provide instant relief.
- Tea bags – As simple as it gets: all you need is a tea bag and some water. Just dip the tea bag in some water to get it wet and apply it to the aching tooth. Another thing you can do is keep the tea bag in ice water before applying it, provided that your tooth is not very sensitive to the cold.
You can do this once or twice a day, depending on the level of pain you are experiencing. Tea contains tannins, which will provide immediate relief and also can help reduce swelling of the gums.
- Baking soda – You will need some baking soda, some water and a cotton ball. First of all you need to dip the cotton ball in the water and then into the baking soda so that it sticks to it. Press and hold the loaded cotton ball to the aching tooth. Alternatively, you can mix a spoonful of baking soda with some warm water. This solution should be used as a mouthwash. In both cases the remedy will provide the much needed relief. You can repeat this 2-3 times until you feel relief. Baking soda is one of the most widely used ingredients ever! It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and will get rid of any infection responsible for the pain.
- Hydrogen peroxide- For this remedy you need 3% hydrogen peroxide. Rinse your mouth well with it and then rinse it a couple of times with water. You can do this as many times as necessary. This will soothe the pain and reduce the infection.
- Oregano oil – You will need some oregano oil and a Q-tip. Dip the Q-tip i the oregano oil and and apply the oil on the affected tooth. If the pain doesn’t go away, you can repeat the process after several hours again. Oregano contains the component call carvacrol, which gives it anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which help reduce the pain and swelling. At the same time it will get rid of the bacteria that causes the pain in the first place.
- Oil pulling – For this remedy you will need a bit more ingredients than the previous ones. Get 1-2 tbs of coconut oil, some warm water, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Put the coconut oil in our mouth and swish it around for around 20min. Afterwards, spit it out, rinse your mouth with some warm water and then go ahead and brush your teeth as you usually do. You can repeat the process two times a day or even more until you feel relief. This remedy with coconut oil has actually been used for centuries in order to treat many mouth ailments such as gingivitis, tooth infections, bleeding gums and many more. This is due to the fact that coconut oil is packed full of lauric acid which gives it anti microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Whiskey- For this remedy you will need either whiskey or brandy and a cotton ball. Simply soak the cotton ball into some whiskey or brandy and put it on the aching tooth. Keep doing this and replacing with a new cotton ball until you can get a dentist to tend to the problem. It will only provide temporary relief, so the sooner you see a dentist the better.
- Ginger- You will need a small piece of ginger root, some water, 1 tsp of cayenne pepper and a cotton ball. Grind the ginger root piece into powder and mix it together with the water and cayenne pepper. Mix well so you get a thick paste. Dip the cotton ball well into the paste and then put it on your tooth. Let it sit for several minutes and repeat the process if necessary until you feel relief. Ginger is quite effective at soothing swelling and inflammation and also soothing the pain. Also, the capsaicin in the cayenne pepper helps in reducing the pain as well. You just need to make sure that the cotton ball doesn’t touch your gums as they might get irritated.
- Olive oil- Get some virgin olive oil and a cotton ball. Dip the cotton ball in the olive oil and put it on the aching tooth. You can do this 2-3 times per day in order to soothe the pain. The phenolic compounds in the virgin olive oil give it anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the pain and inflammation.
- Onion- This is as simple as it gets. All you need to do is get a small piece of raw onion and let it sit on the painful tooth for about a couple of minutes. Do this two times a day and you will feel the pain leaving. The smell might be a little off putting, but the onion will kill the germs causing the inflammation and soothe the tooth.
- Warm salt water- This one is pretty simple as well, all you need is a teaspoon of salt and a glass of warm water. SImply put the salt in the water and dissolve it to make a mouthwash. Then, just rinse your mouth 3-4 times a day. The salt will get rid of the bacteria in your mouth and soothe the pain and swelling.
- Garlic clove- For this remedy you will need a teaspoon of rock salt and a garlic clove. Crush the garlic clove with the rock salt into a paste and apply it to the aching tooth. You can do this two times a day and you will get the much needed relief. Garlic is rich in allicin, which gives it strong antimicrobial properties that help get rid of the infection and relieve the pain.
- Cinnamon- Get a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and mix it with 5 teaspoons of honey. Apply the paste right onto the painful tooth. You can repeat this until the pain goes away. The combination of honey and cinnamon is so powerful because they both have strong anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
- Peppermint tea- What you need is a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves and a cup of water. Boil the water and steep the leaves for about 20min. Afterwards, strain the liquid and use it as a mouth rinse after it cools down. You can repeat this as many times as necessary. The menthol in the peppermint tea will numb the affected area and relieve inflammation and irritation.
- Black seed oil- Dip a Q-tip in some black seed oil, apply to the aching tooth and massage the area for about 15-30 seconds. Alternatively, you can mix 1tbsp of black seed oil with some warm water and use it as a mouthwash. The best thing to do is repeat the process twice a day. This oil has antimicrobial properties which will help alleviate the pain and reduce the swelling.
- Asafetida- Get a pinch of asafetida powder and mix it with 1-2 tbs of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Warm up the paste making sure you don’t heat it too much. Soak a cotton ball in the paste and apply it to the tooth. If the pain doesn’t go away the first time, do it again in a few hours. This is especially effective if the pain is caused by a cavity.
- Guava leaves- For this one you will need 4-5 guava leaves, ½ or 1 tsp of salt and some water. First of all, you need to boil the leaves in the water, strain them and let it cool down a little bit. When the water is just warm, add the salt and rinse your mouth. Alternatively, you can chew on some guava leaves to soothe the pain. Repeat the procedure twice a day. Either way you choose you will get the much needed relief.
What causes toothache?
Toothache is mainly caused by cavities or tooth decay. They appear mostly due to excessive consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates. When the sugar is broken down in the mouth by bacteria, the side products are acids that damage the teeth’s enamel which leads to decay.
Also, It may happen due to earaches, fractured teeth, abscess, injuries, sinusitis etc.
Symptoms of toothache:
Toothache is manifested by different kinds of pain in the tooth, swelling of the gums and sometimes accompanied by fever and headaches. Also, if the condition is more severe, there can also be drainage from the infected tooth.
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