by Geri Walton ~ December 12th, 2008
When you get a toothache, home remedies can be just the thing you need to take that ache away. However, most toothache home remedies are temporary fixes, and if you can’t sleep at night or if it hurts so bad you can’t function, you need to see a dentist because if it’s abscessed, infection could spread to the gum and then infect the bone.
Until that time, here are twelve of the best remedies for toothaches:
- Baking Soda. Add baking powder to warm warm and swish the rinse in your mouth. Make sure you let the solution sit on your tooth for thirty seconds. Baking soda helps because it’s a base product, and it can neutralize acids that may be causing tooth pain.
- Cloves. There are three ways you can use cloves: Apply pure food grade oil of cloves directly to the tooth with a Q-tip; chew the clove; or put the clove bud on the achy part of the tooth. Clove is a bactericidal, anesthetic, and analgesic, and dentists often use it to help relieve pain. It helps because it affect the tooth’s nerves and therefore reduces pain signals sent to the brain. My aunt told me she used cloves when she was young, and it supposedly worked great.
- Ginger. Ginger is a rhizome and readily available at any grocery store. It’s also easy to use. Cut off a small piece of ginger and remove the peel. Place the piece on the tooth, bite down, and chew it so it’s juices surround the tooth. Repeat as necessary. You can also try an internal poultice, if you’d rather. Mix powdered ginger with water to form a gooey paste and dip a Q-tip in it. Apply it to the sore tooth, but be careful because ginger has warming properties. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative, and antibacterial properties.
- Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is not just a pain reliever, it’s also an anti-inflammatory. If you don’t want to take ibuprofen, you can take aspirin or acetaminophen. However, DO NOT chew or apply any of these products directly to your tooth.
- Mouthwash. Many mouthwashes, such as Listerine, have bacteria-killing properties and that can help reduce tooth pain. Swish some mouthwash around making sure you rinse the affected tooth well.
- Mustard Oil. This Ayurvedic toothache remedy involves mixing mustard oil with 1/4 teaspoon rock salt (or turmeric) to make a paste. Apply this antibacterial to the affected tooth to get relief. (In the U.S. , Canada, and Europe, only EXTERNAL use mustard oil is sold because these countries consider mustard oil harmful.)
- Oregano. Pour a few drops of oil of oregano onto a Q-tip or your finger, and apply directly to the achy tooth. Oregano helps because it has antimicrobial and other medicinal properties.
- Red Pepper. Red pepper contains salicylates, which is similar to the component in aspirin and that is how it offers pain relief. You can use the same internal poultice procedure as described above for ginger, but substitute powdered red pepper for the ginger.
- Salt Water. This is the best remedy as far as I’m concerned. I’ve used this salt water trick several times, and it’s always helped relieve pain and reduced gum swelling. Make a hot salt water rinse. It needs to be salty, so about 1 or 2 teaspoons to 8 ounces of hot water (you’re going to swish this in your mouth, so adjust the water’s hotness accordingly; however, I find it’s better towards the hot side rather than the warm side). Swish it in your mouth and let it sit on the affected tooth for up to one minute. Once the salt water’s cooled spit it out, and then swish with new salt water again, until the 8 ounces of water is gone. Repeat this procedure twice a day for a few days. This procedure helps toothaches in two ways: osmotic pressure helps pull infection out from the tooth and salt controls the infection.
- Sesame Seeds. The Chinese have used this toothache home remedy since the fourth century. To create it, mix 1 part sesame seed with 2 parts water, and boil until half the water remains. Apply directly to the tooth. Sesame has pain relieving, soothing, and tranquilizing properties.
- Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, and my friend uses this whenever she has a painful toothache. She swears it works. You can apply 1 drop to your finger or a Q-tip and then place it on the aching tooth. You can also add a drop to water to create a rinse. However, there are two caveats when using tea tree oil: It is primarily an external product, so if you decide to use it internally, only use it for a short time, and whenever using it internally purchase organic brands as traditional brands are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
- Vanilla. This remedy for a toothache involves vanilla, and it can be either pure or artificial vanilla. There are also two ways to use vanilla extract: straight as a mouth rinse or apply three drops to a cotton ball, and place the cotton ball directly on the tooth. Vanilla works instantly because it has pain relieving and numbing properties.
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