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Home Remedies for Toothache

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Are you bogged down with sheer toothache? This time do not allow the pain to make you suffer because we have come up with some wonderful home remedies which are easy and at the same time combat toothache in a wonderful way. Have a look.

Clove oil and cloves

Nothing can work better and faster than clove oil. It contains a compound eugenol, which has numbing effect on pain. Apply clove oil directly on the tooth that aches with your fingers or with a cotton wool. Leave it until your toothache vanishes. You can get clove oil in any pharmaceutical shop.

If you do not have clove oil in handy, then you can pop one or two cloves in your mouth. Moisten it with your saliva; it will become soft. Crush them with your molars and then bring them over the painful tooth. Hold the clove with your tongue for 30 minutes or so on the painful tooth.

Cough drops and Vick’s VapoRub

Surprised how cough drops can reduce toothache? Throat lozenges and cough drops that contain menthol and benzocaine work well on minor toothache. Those two compounds have anaesthetic effect on toothache. Just suck the lozenges and do not chew. You can also rub Vick’s VapoRub over the cheek where your tooth pains. Cover with a towel and press your cheek gently on a pillow while lying.

OTC pain relievers

Anti-inflammatory OTC pain killers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen are probably the easiest home remedies for toothache. Have a pill and you will receive immense comfort. The other option could be an antiseptic ointment with benzocaine composition. Check with the chemist before applying.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint has a soothing action on toothache. Heat the tea and bring it down to lukewarm temperature. Do not drink it immediately. Instead swish inside your mouth for few minutes for every sip you take.

Ginger and Cayenne pepper

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Mix the powder of ginger and cayenne pepper. Add a little amount of water to form a smooth paste. Put the paste on a cotton ball and apply on the aching tooth. Dab it carefully so that your gums do not remain in contact with the cotton for a long time.

Asafetida Powder

Asafetida is known for its antispasmodic properties and it works wonders on toothache. Add a pinch asafetida powder to lemon juice and warm it mildly. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it over the hurting tooth to get instant relief.

Warm water and salt rinse

Warm a glass of water and add half teaspoon of common salt to it. Swish the solution inside your mouth, especially in the painful area several times in a day. This mouth rinse not only combats toothache but also fights off germs and bacteria.

Whiskey shot

 Make the most use of your stocked whiskey bottle when you have toothache. Why so? The alcohol content can numb your tooth and gums and relieve you from the pain. You can either take a shot and swish it inside your mouth or wet a cotton ball and compress the aching tooth with it.

Guava Leaves

When you have a guava plant at home, then you don’t need to panic on having toothache.  Pluck the young tender leaves and crush them to extract the juice. Apply the juice directly over your teeth or place the crushed leaves over your tooth to allow the juice come in contact with the tooth. The other option is – boil few guava leaves in water. Add some salt, strain it and allow it to cool. Use it as a mouthwash for toothache.

Ice Massage on Hand

Research has shown that acute dental pain can be treated when ice is massaged on the webbed portion of the hand between the thumb and the index finger. This point is known as L 14 pressure point. Rub the ice for 5-7 minutes exactly on this point, which is on the same side of toothache.

Try any of those aforementioned home remedies and see the difference. Also make sure that you practice proper dental hygiene to protect yourself from toothache and other tooth problems in the future.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 27, 2015

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