Infection, gum disease, grinding teeth (bruxism), tooth trauma, an abnormal bite, tooth eruption could be some reasons cited by dentists for toothache. Here are some home remedies that can help you ease your toothache temporarily or permanently (in some cases)
- Sea Salt Rinse: A toothache if caused due to mild infection might go away on its own. To get some relief, make a rinse with warm water and spoonful of sea salt. Gurgle this water in your mouth. Make sure it splashes around the affected area. This is the most popular home remedy for toothache.
- Clean Your Mouth: Toothaches are more often caused if food morsels get lodged in the tooth. They exacerbate the pain of cavities. So get rid of this –
Floss around the tooth.
Brush that area. If your ache is caused by gingivitis keep brushing until the area no longer feels as sensitive.
Use rinse to wash away dislodged particles.
- Painkillers: For minor toothaches use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Tylenol is one more effective over-the-counter painkiller. These drugs help in providing quick and effective relief. Use them as recommended by the doctor or as suggested on the pack.
- Best Home Remedy for Aches-Oil Pulling:
The other popular home remedy for toothache is oil pulling. Swish 1 tbsp of coconut oil or sesame oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes
Having some plaque on your teeth can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities. The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.
- Blunt the Area: An over-the-counter tooth and gum numbing gel may help to ease the throbbing for a few hours. You can directly apply them to the affected area.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: This procedure cleans up the affected area and helps to ease pain. But rinse your mouth thoroughly after this and take precautions NOT to swallow the peroxide.
- Cold Compress: Fill a food storage bag with ice. Use a thin cloth to cover it and apply it directly to the area just outside the tooth. The cold temperature eases the pain. Keep in mind NOT to apply the ice directly to the tooth. This can elevate the pain as teeth that are aching are often quite sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
- Acupressure Method: Another quick home remedy for tooth pain is acupressure technique. Press on the back of hand between your thumb and index finger with the thumb of other hand. Apply pressure for 2 minutes.
- Ginger and Red pepper: Make a paste of powdered ginger and red or cayenne pepper. Add few drops of water to make the paste. Soak a cotton ball in it and place it on your painful tooth. It will help to relieve tooth pain.
- Clove Oil or Hard Liquor: Clove oil has been an age old home remedy for toothache. Rub a few drops of clove oil on the affected tooth to eases the pain. Other alternative could be dipping a cotton ball in some whisky or vodka in case of mild infections. Apply the liquor to the affected tooth.