Teeth are an integral part of one’s beauty and appearance. Even an ugly face glows with just the right set of good and healthy teeth. Any kind of infection or tooth disease can lead to severe problems. Doctors advise us to brush out teeth twice daily so as to get rid of the impurities that remain studded after we eat something. Any amount of leftover in between the teeth can cause tooth decay and even gum problems leading to various other complications.Toothache is one of them and is most common.
Most of the people tend to suffer from a toothache. Toothaches can be described as a throbbing sensation of pain felt in and around the teeth which is quite excruciating and painful and is usually considered to be the first sign of anticipated problems. It usually causes inflammation, irritation, swelling and reddening of the area around the area of the tooth that is affected. The prime cause of a toothache is tooth decay which appears to be as a result of excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates, soft drinks, sweets, and all sorts of sugar related food items. Some of the other reasons associated with toothache are mouth bacteria, tooth cavity, cracked tooth, infected gums, loose filling, abscessed teeth or jaw joint disorder.
Toothache occurs when the central region of the tooth, which is called the pulp, gets irritated and inflamed. The pulp consists of many nerve endings that are too sensitive towards pain. If the affected tooth comes into contact with anything too hot or too cold, the pain elevates. Bacteria present inside the mouth helps break down sugar into acid which gets combined with calcium in the enamel causing tooth decay. Toothaches vary. It ranges from a mild pain to a moderate one and can even be extremely severe and chronic if not treated properly on time. However, many a times, it becomes so apprehensive if happens during midnight while a person struggles to sleep. This happens due to increased blood pressure towards the head. So to avoid pain at night and letting it disturb your slumber, keep your head elevated to decrease some amount of pain. The severity of pain stands as an impediment to one’s daily chores making the pain, the area of focus. Not everyone calls a dentist right on the spot when they experience a toothache. What they look for at first is a handy home remedy that can heal their ache to some level.
Here are ten home remedies for a toothache.
10. Ice cubes-
One of the best and possibly the easiest remedy for toothache is to apply ice cubes on the affected area. Ice acts as a nerve blocker and anaesthetic agent and works best other than chemical remedies. It is a popular pain reliever. Take an ice cube, wrap it within a thin piece of cloth and dab it on either the cheek or over the infected tooth inside the mouth for at least 15-20 minutes until the nerves become numb. Rubbing an ice cube on the area between the index finger and the thumb for a few minutes, acts as an acupressure which eases toothache. This should be done at least 3-4 times a day.
9. Tea tree oil-
Tea tree oil helps alleviate toothache since it contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which checks in tooth infection and swelling and kills bacteria going deep inside the roots of rotten tooth. It works well when applied straight by soaking in a swab of cotton in and putting it on the injured tooth. Another way of using tea tree oil is by diluting a few drops of it with some water and using it as a mouth wash only after brushing up teeth with a regular toothpaste.
8. Wheatgrass juice-
Wheatgrass works effectively and efficiently during a toothache. It has got anti-bacterial properties which works well on the affected tooth and also deals with tooth decay. Extracting the juice of wheatgrass and using it as a mouthwash will help draw out the toxins from the gums and will stop the bacterial growth, keeping decay under control. One can even blend the wheatgrass extract with a glass of water and drink it. Chewing whole wheatgrass also shows positive results.
7. Peppermint oil/leaves-
Peppermint oil helps a great way in easing away with the pain. It has got anti-bacterial properties to reduce the swelling of gums and also has menthol that subside the inflammation. Taking a cotton ball and soaking it in some peppermint oil for a minute or two and dabbing it later on the infected tooth helps lessen the pain. Using peppermint oil as a mouthwash by mixing it with little water also proves fruitful. It has got a nice numbing effect which draws away the pain. Even chewing fresh peppermint leaves helps to get rid of the excruciating pain. One can also boil 5 gm of mint leaves with a pinch of salt in a cup of water and drink it.
Lemon prevents toothache and tooth decay along with other dental complexities like bleeding gums, cavity, etc. They are of immense help while handling toothache because lemons contain Vitamin C and citric acid which reduces pain to a large extent. It also acts as an anti-oxidant which works on the rotten tooth and gums providing relief. Take a slice of lemon and rub it on the affected area or squeeze out the juice and swish it. This sure is going to bring pain relief. Having an unpeeled lemon works better.
Toothaches can be cured with the use of asafoetida. Adding a pinch of powdered asafoetida to lemon juice then warming up the mixture and applying it with cotton ball acts as a good remedy. Fried asafoetida in clarified butter can also be applied in the tooth to get relief from the ache. Also, boiling half a teaspoon of asafoetida in a cup of water and gargling it 2-3 times a day reduces inflammation. The softened asafoetida that we get after having it soaked in water for some time is to be applied on the injured tooth and kept for a few minutes before rinsing mouth with water.
4. Ginger/ ginger root-
A quick remedy and something that’s always available at one’s kitchen. Ginger is a most useful remedy to relieve toothaches. It works effectively on the tooth and provides instant relief from the pain. All you need to do is to peel off its skin and bite down on the ginger, digging in the affected tooth. This should be done periodically, changing the ginger piece each time. Chewing the ginger to squish out its juice helps a lot. Initially, it would provide with a burning sensation but eventually that will subside leaving nothing but numbness. Making a paste out of ginger and applying it all around the wounded tooth, helps in killing the pain in a great way.
3. Onion/ onion flower-
Onions can be used extensively for toothaches as it contains antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. It is said that chewing raw onion for a few minutes would kill all the germs and prevent tooth decay. Doctors claim that one slice of onion is equivalent to 8 Advil and a bottle of Orajel. If chewing gets difficult, even placing a slice of onion in between the infected tooth and cheek helps a great way. It specially works for tooth with abscesses. However, a mixture of fresh onions along with its flowers has got more medicinal properties because the extract from onion flowers and onions are rich in sulphur compounds which are bactericidal. Daubing a cotton ball in this mixture and dabbing it on the infected tooth will reduce the ache as swell.
Using garlic for toothache is a good remedy as well. Garlic has got some antibiotic properties and many other medicinal properties which help in slowing down the effect of bacteria. In fact, garlic is called as one of the world’s “most potent antibiotics”. Chopped or crushed garlic produces two chemicals which form into Allicin that acts on the pain to keep it at a bay. Placing a clove of crushed garlic sprayed with little rock salt and applying it on the infected tooth reduces the pain. Chewing cloves of garlic directly works faster. Making a paste of chopped garlic and mixing it with some peanut butter is really effective. Also, the ‘mush’ that comes out after putting the garlic through garlic press and applying that mush between tooth and the cheek alleviates pain. Garlic powder can also be used for the same purpose.
Clove is one of the best remedy for toothaches. It has got anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial antioxidant and anaesthetic properties that helps narrowing down the pain. Clove oil, which contains Eugenol, has a bacterial and analgesic effect for toothache. Once toothache starts, dabbing some clove oil with cotton on the affected tooth helps reduce the pain. Another way of applying is to mix a few drops of clove oil with some water and rinse the mouth. But the most effective way seems to be when one grinds whole clove with teeth until its juice starts to ooze out and leaving that for 30 minutes until the pain subsides. Mixing 2-3 drops of pure clove oil with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil and saturating cotton ball in the mixture to place it in between the wounded tooth and cheek shows great effect.