Toothache is one of the oldest pains known to humans. Even the first cavemen suffered from it, but they had no dentists to help them so they instead relied on natural remedies. These remedies are efficient and easily made, and that’s the reason why people aren’t giving them up yet. However, the main reason we use natural remedies for toothache is that we are afraid of going to the dentist because we fear the invasive method. Sadly, you must go to the dentist, but at least you can relieve the toothache until you make an appointment.
The following remedies will help you relieve the pain:
Clove oil is full of eugenol, a natural anesthetic which works great for a toothache. Put some drops of the oil on a cotton ball and apply it on the painful tooth – this will temporarily numb the area. Be careful not to let the clove oil contact sensitive areas or the tongue as you can experience pain.
Peppermint tea bags
Peppermint is one of the most popular ways to relieve the toothache thanks to its numbing properties and the calming effect it has on the skin. You can either apply a cooled peppermint tea bag on the affected tooth, or freeze the tea bag then apply it on the painful area. Sadly, this like the clove oil, this solution is temporary – the pain should be back after an hour or so.
Bourbon-soaked cotton ball
Note: this treatment is for adults only!
Bourbon is an alcohol with strong numbing properties. Dip a cotton ball in the bourbon and apply it on the painful tooth. It is a temporary solution, but it will relieve the pain for a while.
We all know about the healing properties of garlic. It is a strong antibiotic, and as such it can inhibit the growth of the bacteria that harms your teeth. Mash some garlic and salt, and apply the paste on the painful area. A more effective way is to chew a clove of garlic, just wash your teeth and chew some parsley afterwards. It is a safe, but temporary home remedy for toothache.
Pepper and salt
A combination of salt and pepper has antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that will greatly help with your toothache. Mix the ingredients and add a few drops of water. Apply the paste on the painful area, and let it stay there for a couple of minutes.
Guava leaves have potent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Get some fresh guava leaves and chew them until their juice comes out, or use a mouthwash made from guava leaves to relieve the pain. To prepare it, boil some of them in water, and add salt once the mixture is cooled.
This extract has some alcohol in it, and we already mentioned that alcohol has a numbing effect. When it combines with the relaxing and soothing scent of vanilla, they form a powerful weapon against toothache. Apply the vanilla extract on a cotton ball and rub it on the painful area. If you don’t have a cotton ball, put some of it on your fingers then rub the area.
Why toothache shouldn’t be ignored
These solutions work, but they are not enough. They are only a temporary solution until you make an appointment at the dentist. Toothache can be caused by a number of severe problems that must not be ignored. Usually, cavities cause it, but toothache can also be caused tooth erosion, sinus pressure, bruxism, inflammation of the teeth pulp, joint disorders, periodontitis, and even heart issues or angina.