Toothaches are nasty. Once they strike, it seems that your whole body is aching too. So, here are remedies for that throbbing tooth, with ingredients you can find right in your own kitchen.
What causes a toothache?
A toothache is characterized by a pain around the tooth that may be caused by tooth decay, abscess, tooth fracture, damaged filling, repetitive motions such as grinding or chewing, and infected gums.
Effective Home Remedies:
Garlic is well known for its antibacterial and antibiotic properties. It can also relieve pain and promote healthy gums and teeth. Crush 3 to 4 garlic until it forms a paste. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of rock salt and apply on the aching tooth for about 10 minutes. Rinse with a mouthwash to get rid of the garlicky smell, as well as for its antibacterial properties. Repeat this process twice a day for several weeks, until it heals.
2. Cashew nut
Eating raw cashew nuts can help discharge abscesses from the infected tooth. The nut contains anacardic acids, which is an antibiotic, that gives temporary relief from toothaches. Just eat a few ounces of cashew nuts a day for a week to get positive results.
3. Clove oil
Clove has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties that can help treat any kind of dental problem. It can help stop the pain and prevent the cavities from spreading to other areas of the teeth. Dilute 2-3 drops of clove oil with 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil. Moisten a cottonball with a little amount of the mixture and dab it on the affected tooth. Do this every night before sleeping.
4. Saltwater rinse
Salt is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It effectively reduces inflammation, pain, and gets rid of infections and bacterial growth inside the mouth. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swish the solution around the mouth, like you would with the mouthwash for about a minute, concentrating on the affected tooth longer. Repeat the process three times a day until the pain and swelling subsides.
5. Ice pack
An ice pack helps alleviate swelling, if there’s any, as well as numb the pain.
6. Oil pulling
Oil pulling reduces cavities, treats bleeding gums and bad breath and is effective in teeth whitening too. It helps remove the bacteria that cause dental problems inside the mouth. Just swish a tablespoon of good quality oil, like coconut oil, in the mouth for 20 minutes. The oil helps pull out toxins and bacteria inside the mouth, so never swallow the oil.
Peppermint has a numbing effect on pain. Steep a teaspoon of dried peppermint oil and swish it around the mouth, then spit it out. Repeat as often as possible.
Flossing is an effective means to remove bacteria and food particles from between the teeth, that a toothbrush cannot possibly reach. It is also advisable to floss each tooth, especially the ones at the back. This is where most food particles get stuck too.
9. Cold cucumber
A cold cucumber gives a soothing effect on an aching tooth. Just slice a previously refrigerated cucumber and apply directly on the affected tooth.
Homemade remedies only give temporary relief, so it is best to consult your dentist for further management.
Author Bio : Joel Cordle is person who loves reading and writing different blogs on health and beauty. He mostly uses home remedies to stay healthy. He writes on fitness tips, skincare, teeth whitening etc . He is a good advisor and he keeps suggesting people about how one can stay healty.
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