A toothache is usually a result of cavities, but it can also result from tooth decay, gum diseases, tooth eruption, an abnormal bite, damaged fillings, fractured teeth, abscesses and bruxism (teeth grinding).
It can be accompanied by symptoms like fever, swelling, and headache.
However, there are incredibly effective natural ways to relieve a toothache that will help you avoid the visit to the dentist, and these are the top 12:
Salt water gargle
Gargle a glass of water with a pinch of salt to reduce the swelling, fight inflammation, and relieve pain.
Wheatgrass destroys bacteria and detoxifies the gums, so chew it with the painful tooth.
Peppermint tea effectively relieves a toothache.
Myrrh has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that kill bacteria, so add a teaspoon to 2 cups of water and rinse the mouth with the mixture.
Apply a slice of raw onion on the painful tooth to destroy bacteria and treat the pain.
Garlic has potent analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties which can alleviate a toothache, so crush a garlic clove and apply it on the affected area to act for several minutes. Then, add a bit of salt, and chew it with the painful tooth.
Slice a piece of fresh cucumber and hold it on the painful tooth.
To fight inflammation and reduce the swelling apply ice on the affected area.
Chew a guava leaf to release its juice and use its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Clove oil contains eugenol which relieves pain, so soak a cotton ball in a mixture of coconut oil and a few drops of it, and apply it on the area.
To fight infections and relieve pain, swish with a 3% of hydrogen peroxide solution in the mouth for half a minute, and rinse with water.
Mix turmeric, coconut oil, and peppermint oil and use the paste to soothe the toothache.
Dab some vanilla extract on the painful tooth to soothe the pain and prevent infections.
Chew a gum with the painful tooth on your way to the dentist to reduce the pain.
Press the area where the thumb and index finger meet to soothe a toothache.
Essential oils like peppermint, tea tree oil, spearmint, cinnamon, myrrh, and clove essential oils destroy bacteria and relieve toothaches.
Turmeric- cayenne paste
Mix turmeric and cayenne pepper and apply it on the affected area.
Often, a toothache interrupts your sleep or does not allow you to fall asleep at night.
Sometimes, you might need to wait for the morning in order to find or buy the needed remedy and relieve it, so the following tips will help you get some rest:
- Rinse the mouth with mouthwash, as the alcohol it contains will disinfect the oral cavity and numb the pain;
- An ice pack before going to bed can save your night. Wrap it in cloth, and rest the painful side of your face on it, so the pain will be alleviated, and you can fall asleep;
- Keep the head elevated, higher than your body in order to prevent blood from rushing to your head, and intensify the toothache;
- You should avoid cold or acidic foods, as well as hard foods before you go to bed, as they can aggravate the pain and any cavities that might be the cause of it.