If you have a bad toothache, you will probably do practically anything to make it stop.
Dental pain can vary from mild soreness to a dull ache to a throbbing pain that won’t go away. What they all have in common is that they are very distracting, annoying, and can disrupt your normal life.
If you have a toothache, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. The problem is that might not be as quickly as would like, especially if your toothache comes on in the middle of the night, over the weekend, or during a holiday. And what happens if you have a toothache when you are on a business trip, vacation, or are simply miles from home?
Causes of Tooth Pain
Tooth pain is normally caused by cavities, an infected tooth, an exposed nerve or tooth root, or a cracked tooth. It also can occur if you have a loose filling, are suffering from gum disease, or have a jaw joint disorder.
Tooth pain can be aggravated by extreme hot or cold temperatures, by biting down on the tooth, or simply by the air passing through your mouth, depending on its severity. Regardless of the type or cause of tooth pain, you are experiencing, one thing is for sure: It hurts! And you want to relieve your pain as quickly as possible.
Here are six widely used home remedies that you can use to ease your dental pain until you can get in to see your right dentist. They all use common items and ingredients that you probably already have lying around your house, or that can be found at any grocery store or pharmacy.
1. Salt and Pepper
Yes, the condiments you normally would put on a steak or a baked potato can also help ease your tooth pain. Salt and pepper actually include really powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help give you quick relief for your tooth pain.
All you need to do is to mix equal parts of table salt and black pepper with a few drops of water. Rub the mixture around until it forms a paste then apply the mixture directly to the area of your tooth that hurts the most. Let it sit on the surface for a few minutes then rinse your mouth out with water to remove it.
This salt and pepper paste can provide you with instant relief from tooth pain. But it is more effective the longer you use it, so repeat this daily for several days until your tooth pain is gone or you can get in to see your dentist, whichever happens first.
2. Raw Garlic
It may not make you very popular, but using raw garlic on a sore tooth is a fast and easy way to relieve dental pain. Garlic includes natural antibiotics and other medicinal properties that can make the pain stop quickly – and keep it from coming back for hours.
Crush a clove of garlic along with some salt together in a pestle or on a cutting board, then apply the paste directly to your sore tooth. Presto! The pain will go away instantly!
If you don’t have any fresh garlic, you can substitute garlic powder.
Cloves are another all-natural food that is rich in antioxidants, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatories. They also have anesthetic properties than reduce the dull ache of tooth pain.
Grind up two whole cloves and mix them into a little olive oil. Then swab the mixture onto your tooth with a cotton ball. Hold the cotton ball in place with your finger or between your cheek and gum until it begins to work.
Did you know that onions are naturally antiseptic? They also have antimicrobial properties that can be used to prevent a toothache from getting worse. Plus, onion can kill germs that are causing your infection in the first place.
As soon as you start to feel a toothache coming on, chew on a raw onion for a few minutes or place a piece of raw onion directly on the affected area.
5. Warm Salt Water
Salt water is a great home remedy for sore throats, but it also works on toothaches. Mix half a spoon of salt in a glass of warm water then rinse your mouth thoroughly with the solution. It not only helps reduce swelling and inflammation, but warm salt water also kills bacteria that are causing infection.
This is probably the most widely used cure for toothache. The alcohol from whiskey helps sterilize the area where the toothache is felt. You can either spit it out once you clean out your mouth with the whiskey or swallow it, but if you do the latter you probably won’t care about your toothache anymore anyway!