[toc]Toothache is one of the most painful sensations that can occur around the teeth or jaws. The pain can be extremely unbearable at times, which can shift our focus from important things and events of life. It can even be embarrassing at times, especially on occasions like parties or a get – together when eating or sipping sometime all of a sudden brings chill down our spines.
Toothache is caused either due to a dental cavity, gum infection or disease, cracked tooth syndrome or abscess. However, the list is not all inclusive. Toothache can be experienced anytime. It is very common with people suffering from toothache to get up in the middle of the night, racked with unbearable pain. There are some natural remedies which works like an ailment during such emergencies.
5 Ways To Cure A Toothache
Clove oil is perhaps the fastest natural pain reliever for a toothache. It is full of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is quite unbelievable that clove oil provides relief to a sore tooth within just two minutes. Soak a piece of cotton wool in pure clove oil and place it on the affected tooth. This may be a little difficult if the pain is related to a tooth on the upper jaws.
In this case, dip an ear bud in clove oil and expose it gently on the affected tooth for a minute. You can also prepare a mouthwash with clove oil which is very effective and refreshing. However, clove oil should always be used in moderation as applying in access can cause side effects like tissue burning, vomiting, inflammation of kidney and liver, nerve damage, etc.
Garlic is another herb loaded with medicinal properties. A chemical substance called allicin, being anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature is present in it in large concentration. It stops the bacterial activities in affected gums and teeth and gradually reduces the toothache. For more effective results, try chewing a raw clove of garlic very slowly so that the juice coming out from it touches and soothes the affected area. It may cause a little burning sensation, but the effects are amazing.
Turmeric, like cloves and garlic is also very effective in relieving toothache. It destroys the harmful bacteria with its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. The inflammatory properties present in it works as a great pain-killer, and is suitable not only for toothache, but also for arthritis, knee pain, sore throat, cuts and burns, etc. Crush a small piece of raw turmeric or prepare a fine paste by mixing its powder with a few drops of water and apply it on the affected area with a cotton ball.
A cold compress with ice provides relief from pain up to some extent and also reduces swelling. Wrap some ice cubes in a towel and hold it on the affected area from outside for fifteen minutes to numb the pain. This may be repeated several times in a day. However, do not drink cold water as it may worsen the toothache. Avoid warm compress or hot food if the pain is caused due to any infection. This will only elevate the pain.
Rinsing the mouth with salt water not only helps in providing relief from pain but also stops swelling, irrespective of the actual reason for pain. If the pain is caused due to food trapped between the teeth, rinsing is the most viable option. Apart from that, salt water is extremely good for sore gums. Take a glass of lukewarm water and add a teaspoon of salt into it. Rinse your mouth with this solution, after every meal.