While its triggers can vary, the misery toothaches cause is pretty much the same for everyone affected. Oftentimes, the pain ranges from throbbing to excruciating. Fortunately, with a competent dentist as your ally, the misery (and pain) is expected to be short-lived.
However, if an immediate dental appointment is not feasible, below are some of the best home remedies you have at your disposal.
Having a toothache will give you a reason to put that vodka you’ve been storing to good use. However, keep in mind that it should not be an excuse for you to overindulge.
While unknown to many, swishing some vodka on the affected tooth will not only help disinfect it, but more importantly, it will help numb the pain. This option should only be used as a temporary alternative only when a visit to a dentist is not immediately feasible.
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Mixed with vinegar, bayberry bark is one of the many rarely known toothache relievers available.
- Crush the bark until it becomes powdery and mix it with vinegar until it turns into paste.
- Apply the mixture on the painful area and let it stay for a while until both the pain and the inflammation has reduced.
- Ensure to gargle with water right after.
The efficacy of guava leaves extract in treating certain gum diseases and relieving toothaches have long been
proven. Studies conducted conclude that its potency can be credited to its antibacterial properties.
In addition, analysis of the photochemical properties of guava leaves reveal it is rich in phenols, lectins, flavonoids, triterpenes and other essential oils and fatty acids. Relieving toothache is as easy as chewing the leaves or gargling a mixture of boiled guava leaves and salt.
When looking for an effective pain reliever for toothaches, (especially ones related to the growth of wisdom tooth) ginger is one of the best alternatives you have at your disposal.
Known for its powerful antibacterial properties, it can help easily and effectively soothe even the peskiest toothache.
Bite a fresh and peeled ginger root using your aching tooth. Once the juice is released, it will help reduce and eradicate the pain. You can also chew for at least 5 minutes in order to take full advantage of its healing properties.
Even during the ancient times, cabbage has been hailed for its ability to treat swellings and wounds.
Apart from being a good source of the antibacterial lactic acid, it is also regarded to have superb anti-inflammatory properties.
Nowadays, it is considered as one of the most effective remedies for swelling and pain brought about by toothaches.
With the use of a rolling pin, soften the cabbage leaf and take out its veins. Insert it between the aching tooth and experience pain relief almost instantaneously.
This strong and aromatic herb is not only famous for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties; it is also regarded for its mild anaesthetic properties.
You can either opt to rub peppermint oil directly on your teeth to ease the pain or you can boil the leaves and swish it in your mouth. This is especially helpful when your wisdom tooth is the main cause of the pain.
Packed with antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and slight anaesthetic properties, cinnamon has been a traditional folk remedy for many years.
To alleviate your toothache, add a few drops of water on powdered cinnamon until you create a paste. Apply on the aching area until pain is reduced.
Rich in phytochemicals, onions also have anticancer and antimicrobial properties that not only effectively kill bacteria but also give relief from pain. The most effective types of onions are the yellow, red and shallots. Since onions are soft with flexible fibers, you can easily chew a slice to instantly relieve the soreness.
If you don’t want the raw taste of it, you have the option to just simply rub it on the affected area.
Toothaches are not only painful, they can also be highly inconvenient. However, once you observe good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental visits, you will be spared from all the misery, pain and inconvenience toothaches cause.