Even if you force yourself to work, an unbearable toothache can stop you dead in your tracks. Of course, the best option is to go to your dentist, but, what your toothache presents itself before your dentist’s office opens on after it closes? One option you can do is take some painkillers. However, relying on over-the-counter medicine is not that wise, especially if you are currently taking other medications. You should always consult your dentist or your physician before taking any painkillers.
Aside from that, you’re left with one more course of action to address an unbearable toothache. Look for items in your house that can be used to quell the pain you’re feeling. Go alternative!
These home remedies will save you from the pain of this kind of dental issue:
Soothe With Salt Solution
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of boiling water. When mixed this way, salt and water transform into a pain-killing mouthwash. How does it work? Salt solution cleanses away debris that may be irritating your teeth and gums and it helps reduce the swelling. Swish the solution around your mouth for around 30 seconds before spitting it out. The salt solution will clean around the tooth area and will draw out the fluid that might be causing the swelling. Repeat swishing as needed.
Try Tea Therapy
The nice flavor and numbing power of peppermint tea is great for your toothache because it alleviates the ache. Mix one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and steep for about 20 minutes. After the tea cools down, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out. Another tip—the oil is a known remedy for headaches. Also, the astringent tannins in strong black tea may help alleviate pain by reducing swelling. For this natural remedy, put a warm, wet tea bag against the affected tooth for temporary relief.
Comfort With Clove Oil
Numb nerves with the use of a traditional remedy—cloves. Its primary chemical compound, eugenol, is a natural anesthetic. However, you need to be careful when using clove oil because if you pour the oil directly on the aching area, you intensify the pain. This happens if you accidentally put it on a sensitive gum tissue or on your tongue. Here’s how to do it: put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and put it against the aching tooth until the pain goes away. Also, you can get a pinch of powdered clove to put on the tooth or put a whole clove on the tooth. Chew the whole clove just a bit to release its oil and keep it there for 1/2 hour, or until the pain stops.
Gently Dull The Pain With Ginger-Cayenne Paste
Make a paste out of ginger and cayenne by mixing the two with water. Roll a cotton ball into the paste just enough to saturate it. Put it on the aching tooth while avoiding your gums and tongue. Let it stay there until the pain recedes—or as long as you can handle it. Don’t forget, the concoction is prone to burn. Also, you might want to try these spices separately, since both are powerful painkillers. The main chemical component of cayenne—capsaicin—has been found to help block pain messages from reaching the brain.
Ice, Ice It Baby
Drop a small ice cube inside a plastic bag, wrap it with thin cloth, and apply this to your painful tooth. Do it for around 15 minutes. This will numb the nerves. You can alternate the ice pack between your cheek and the achy tooth. Also, you can try this: massage your hand with an ice cube. A folklore claims that doing this will ease up the pain. How? When the nerves in your fingers send “freezing signals” to your cerebrum, they might overpower the pain signals emanating from your tooth. How to do it? Use a thin cloth to wrap an ice cube and massage it in between your forefinger and your thumb. Target the fleshy area there.
Just be reminded, these are temporary remedies. It’s strongly suggested that you visit your dentist as soon as you can after this painful episode.