Toothaches are terrible. This is obviously an understatement come from a dentist, but it’s easy to forget just how painful they can be. Not only that, but the throbbing or the dull ache can distract you from living your day to day life. When toothaches happen, you need a strategy for minimizing the pain while you seek out permanent relief.
Before handing these home remedies out, it should be noted that temporary pain relief is not a substitute for visiting your dentist. Tooth pain is not only bad in and of itself, but it is often a symptom of something worse – from a cavity or a loose filling to a cracked tooth or exposed root. For long term relief, you need to schedule an examination with a dentist as quickly as possible.
That said, here are a couple of options to help you get by until your examination:
- Salt and Hot Water. This is the granddaddy of temporary pain relievers. Just mix a single tablespoon of common salt into a glass of hot water and use it to rinse your teeth. Not only will it reduce inflammation and swelling but the salt will also fight bacteria infesting the afflicted area.
- Salt and Pepper Paste. This is similar to the above, but the added pepper has analgesic properties as well. To create the paste, mix equal parts salt and pepper with a drop or two of water. Once it’s mixed into a paste, apply it to the affected area and leave it to sit.
- Citrus. The high amounts of vitamin C and citric acid present in lemons or limes will not only fight bacteria but also support a healthy immune system. Cut the citrus into wedges, lightly bite a wedge to release some of the juice and then apply to the painful area.
- Vanilla. The most basic of all ice cream flavors can, in extract form, numb pain and have a calming effect. Simply take a cotton ball, place a drop or two of vanilla extract on it, and then place it on the affected surface. Almond or peppermint extract can work in the same way.
- Garlic. This delicious root has antibiodic properties and provides some other health benefits. You can combine a crushed clove with some salt and apply it to the tooth, or else just chew a clove or two. A slice of onion can have a similar effect.
Again, none of the above is a substitute for visiting the dentist and getting proper treatment. But they can make life bearable while you are on your way into the office.