7 Most Popular Natural Remedies to Combat Toothache Pain

I believe that most of you will agree on how not-fun toothache is. It can vary from mild soreness to an unbearable throbbing pain in your teeth or around your jaws. Most toothaches are caused by sensitivity to the nerve (pulp) of the tooth due to decay, injury to the tooth, and infection. You could also be suffering from gum disease, tooth fractures, or even sinus infections that can cause bursts of pain as well.  

Here are seven most popular home remedies to combat toothaches pain before getting a dental professional intervention:

The use of garlic has been passed down for years to treat a toothache. Garlic contains a powerful compound called allicin, which helps to makeup garlic’s antibiotic properties. When garlic is crushed, this compound is released, helping to slow bacterial activity upon application and ingestion. Try applying crushed garlic clove or garlic powder to the area. It may burn, but the pain could vanish within minutes, although it could take hours.

Salt Water
Salt water cleanses are often used to clean out an infected area, loosening debris and providing temporary relief. Swish a small amount of salt water or saline solution in your mouth for 30 seconds. You can repeat once or twice.

Clove Oil
Cloves contain a natural anesthetic called eugenol, which numbs whatever it comes in contact with. Drip a drop or two of the oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the throbbing tooth.

Put some ice in your hand, on the same side of the body as your sore tooth. Rub the ice in the space between your thumb and forefinger for 7 minutes, or until the area turns numb. Researchers believe ice stops pain signals to your brain. You should, however, never apply ice directly to the tooth.

Hydrogen Peroxide
To help kill bacteria and relieve some discomfort, swish with a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. This can provide temporary relief if the toothache is accompanied by fever and a foul taste in the mouth (both are signs of infection). A hydrogen peroxide solution is only for rinsing. Spit it out, and then rinse several times with plain water.

Bourbon has numbing properties, as do most alcohols. Put a bit of bourbon on a cotton ball, and cover the throbbing tooth with the cotton ball.

Peppermint Tea Bags
Used tea bags are often used to calm sensitive skin. Peppermint has numbing properties similar to cloves, useful for treating pain. You can use peppermint tea bags in two ways. First, apply a cooled tea bag right on the throbbing area. Second, put the tea bag in the fridge for a few minutes, then apply it to the throbbing tooth. Keep the tea bag on for at least 20 minutes.

Note: You may be able to ease the pain of a toothache, but only a dentist can actually fix whatever is wrong.

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