Poor dental hygiene, tooth decay, infection, loose or broken fillings, or receding gums can cause pain of the gums around the teeth. Here are a few home remedies that can be tried out when the dentist isn’t within reach.
If your tooth ache persists for more than a day or two, it is always best to consult a dentist and to have it treated. Until then, the following simple remedies made from ingredients usually available at home may provide temporary relief from the discomfort.
1. Cold compress or ice pack
Pack a few cubes of ice in poly bag or pack of frozen peas and hold it for a few minutes at a time on the area where it hurts. The cold treatment over the pain forces the blood vessels in the area to constrict, reducing the flow of blood to the affected area. After a few minutes of application, the ice numbs the pain and reduces swelling and inflammation.
2. Saltwater Rinse
To prepare the Saltwater rinse, dissolve 1 teaspoon of refined salt in a glass of warm water and stir well till it all dissolves. Take a mouth full of water and swish it around the mouth for 20 or 30 seconds before spitting out. This process can be repeated every one or two hours, if symptoms persists. The salt in the water helps loosen and dislodge debris lodged in cavities or between teeth while it also reduces swelling, boosts healing, and relieves a sore throat.
Garlic has a rich history of being used in medicine throughout history. The secret to its health inducing properties is contained as Allicin, which accounts for its powerful antibacterial properties. Crush a fresh clove of garlic with salt and the mixture applied to the affected tooth. Hold on as far as possible, while spitting out the saliva or swallowing it.
4. Peppermint tea
Just like cloves, peppermint has the ability to induce a numbing effect that can help soothe a toothache. The presence of Menthol in the peppermint leave is what gives its tingly flavor and smell, which is known to display antibacterial properties.
Add a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water and allow to cool down to just warm. Gargle with it and spit it out. A slightly warm, wet peppermint tea bag can be held against the tooth for several minutes until the pain reduces. If you have peppermint oil, take a few drops of it in a cotton ball and hold it with your teeth for as long as possible.
5. Aloe vera
The gel of Aloe vera, which can be removed by splitting open the succulent plant’s leaves, has long been used to heal burns and minor cuts. The gel should be applied to the painful area of the mouth and gently massaged.
You may directly bite into a Clove to release its oily content or you may just soak a bit of cotton with the clove oil and hold it in the place where it hurts. In addition to Cloves contain eugenol, a chemical compound that acts as a natural anesthetic, they also exhibit anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help fight tooth and gum infections. Dried whole cloves can also be bit into.
These home remedies are meant to provide temporary relief only. It is important to seek immediate treatment from a dentist once a toothache lasts for more than a day or two.