Tooth ache may be a small issue but it can cause big unbearable pain. It can be because of a cracked tooth, gum problem, loose filling or even sinus. Whatever the reason maybe, pain is the body’s way to tell that there is a problem and you need to visit a doctor.
Well till the time you don’t visit the dentist, you can try these home remedies that are easy to prepare and will provide you some momentarily relief:
- Clove oil: clove oil as a remedy for tooth ache has been used for centuries now. It is still popular remedy and is easily available in pharmacies. It is rich in an ingredient called eugenol, which has anti bacterial properties. Mix 4 drops of clove oil with 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Bite down the cotton ball and keep it over the affected area for quick relief. Always make sure you are not sleeping with the cotton ball in your mouth as it can cause more harm than good.
- Cough drops: using cough drops for tooth ache may sound strange but is actually quite effective. They have anesthetic properties which can help you numb that pain for a while. Just remember not to chew at them. Another way is applying Vicks on the cheek wherever the teeth hurt and pressing with a paper towel. It will provide instant short term relief from the pain.
- Brush/floss: at times the cause of tooth ache is debris that is stuck somewhere in the teeth or gums. Brushing, flossing or using a mouth wash can help you remove that trapped part from the mouth. Not only tooth ache, such trapped pieces of food can even lead to serious dental problems like cavity or gum diseases.
Tea: tea has soothing and numbing effect which can help you get relief from that irritating tooth ache. You can add one tsp of peppermint for added relief. After the tea has cooled down, swish it around like a mouthwash, and then you can swallow it (or spit it). Not only tooth aches, it also effective in treating headaches and removing any swelling in the gums caused due to infection or pain.
- Hydrogen peroxide: we all are aware of anti bacterial properties that hydrogen peroxide has. Rinsing your mouth with 3percent hydrogen peroxide will provide instant relief from any of the symptoms that come with a tooth ache and infection. Remember to spit it as soon as you are done and then swish the mouth with clean water.
- Ice: ice is a popular numbing agent. It reduces the blood supply to the affected area and hence reduces the pain. Just take an ice cube wrapped in a thin towel or use it with bare hands and rub it for 10-15 seconds on the affected area. Keep repeating till there is a noticeable relief from the pain.
- Salt water: salt water is the age old remedy for tooth aches and yes sore throat also. Salt has anti bacterial properties which effectively treats all the infection and swelling caused by the bacteria. Just swish it in the mouth for 20 seconds and then spit. Do it thrice in a day to experience a noticeable difference in the intensity of the pain.
- Cayenne paste: cayenne pepper along with being an effective spice is also known for its pain numbing properties. It contains “capsaicin” which blocks the brain from receiving pain signals. Just grind this spice to form a paste, add a little bit of ginger. Roll a cotton ball in this mixture and keep it on the affected teeth for an instant relief.
- Acupressure: acupressure is an ancient Chinese practice and it quite effective in treating pain. Apply little force on the hand where the thumb and index finger meet. Apply the pressure for 15 seconds and then release, follow this practice for a minimum of 2 minutes. It will make the brain release endorphin- happy hormone, and your brain will forget all about the pain. Please don’t try this if you are expecting a baby.
Tooth ache is a small issue and can be treated easily but just remember treating the problem at home and ignoring the dentist is only going to aggravate the problem. You can follow the above mentioned tips for a short term relief, but do make sure to visit the best dentist as soon as you can so that he can treat the actual cause of the problem.