Toothache is one of the worst pains as you can’t rub it or soothe it and it can make you feel like your whole head is hurting. It’s normally caused by decay and comes in the form of a sharp of throbbing pain after eating something cold. A sinus infection, ear infection or even a heart attack can also cause dental pain so it’s something that requires action.
If you’ve established that your toothache really is just toothache then there are a few home remedies you can try to keep it at bay until you can get to the dentist:
These are the obvious solution, particularly ibuprofen as this is designed to reduce inflammation. Make sure that you are able to tolerate this as a medication before taking it.
Try wrapping some frozen peas or an ice pack in a towel and then applying it to the side of your face where you feel the pain. This can help reduce both swelling and nerve inflammation.
1 tbsp of salt dissolved in warm water can be a very effective mouthwash, as the salt will attack the bacteria in your tooth that is causing the pain.
Cloves and clove oil have been found to be a highly effective remedy for toothache and they are known for their antiseptic qualities. Try placing a whole clove in the gap between the tooth that is causing you the pain and your cheek. After a while you’ll feel the clove start to soften – when this happens, chew it gently for around 30 minutes.
Another naturally occurring pain reliever that is well known for its antibiotic properties, garlic can help to slow down the bacteria growth. Try crushing garlic and then putting it straight onto the tooth that hurts – or alternatively biting down on a whole, skinned garlic clove. Of course garlic doesn’t smell that great but if it helps relieve your pain then it’s surely worth the bad breath. You can also use garlic powder if you find that easier although it may not be quite so effective.
Better tasting than garlic and also beneficial in an antibiotic way, ginger can help with toothache and is much easier to chew. If you don’t fancy eating raw ginger then try hot water and fresh ginger root – infuse the root in the water and then use it as a natural mouthwash to gargle with.