Home Remedies for Toothaches



Toothaches can be a nuisance, the tooth being one of the most frequently used organs in the body. I had one of these recently and it was absolutely annoying. Toothaches can vary greatly, from mild soreness to an unbearable throbbing pain in your teeth or around your jaws. Some of the main causes of toothaches are cavities, an infection, an exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, gum disease, a loose filling, or jaw joint disorder.

Please, we are not advising you to stay home whenever you have a tooth ache, battling with these remedies. Once they don’t work over a period of 3-4 days or they recurr, please see a dentist ASAP as this could be a sign of a more serious problem!

Some Quick Home Remedies for Tooth Aches include:
1.) Pop in a cough drop:
Cough drops or lozenges usually contain a small amount of anesthetic (menthol and sometimes benzocaine) — which means they may relieve minor tooth pain, too. Pop one or two in your mouth and suck on them (don’t chew!). Another solution? Apply a dab of Vick’s VapoRub on the outside of your cheek where your tooth hurts, then place a paper towel on your pillow and lie down on that side.
2.) Flush it out:
Sometimes, the root of your toothache is food that’s trapped between your teeth. In this case, tryflossing, rinsing with mouthwash, or using interdental brushes (small brushes shaped like Christmas trees that work between the teeth). In fact, this home remedy can save you a trip to the dentist’s office — but if food is constantly getting stuck in your teeth, talk to your dentist, because there could be an issue with your gums that needs medical attention.
3.) Try these other kitchen staples:
Some other home remedies that have proven to help toothaches include applying a hot tea bag directly to the tooth. Tea contains tannic acid, which reduces swelling. Other solutions: A cucumber slice placed on the tooth or a cotton ball soaked in brandy – alcohol has numbing properties, too. Some people also report that garlic, onions, spinach, wheat grass, or a simple salt water rinse relieves tooth pain.
4.) Pepper and Salt
Salt mixed with pepper can be of great use when a tooth becomes extremely sensitive as both the ingredients have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
Mix equal amounts of pepper and common salt with a few drops of water to form a paste.
Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
Do this daily for several days.
5.) Garlic

Use of garlic can also provide immense relief from toothache. Garlic has antibiotic and other medicinal properties that can be very effective in reducing the pain.

Mix a crushed garlic clove (or garlic powder) with some table salt or black salt and apply it directly on the affected tooth to alleviate the pain. If you prefer, you can chew one or two cloves of garlic to get relief.
Repeat this natural treatment for a few days.
Warm Water and Lemon Solution:
I used this and it worked for me, saving me the money used for a dental cleansing.
Squeeze a lemon into warm water first thing in the morning and late and night and hold towards the ailing tooth. Lemon, being acidic is antibiotic and antiseptic in nature, killing off the bacteria which may have used the food stuck between teeth to grow, causing inflammation of the gums and pain. It also flushes them out, creating relief over a few days.
Home Remedies for Your Other Mouth Maladies
Canker sore:

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Use these OTC concoctions.Canker sores usually go away on their own — but the pain can be excruciating in the meantime. While you’re waiting for one to heal, you may find relief by applying a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and half water to the sore with a cotton swab, then follow with a dot of Milk of Magnesia; you can repeat this up to four times a day. Another home remedy to try is a mixture of equal parts Milk of Magnesia and liquid Benadryl; gently swish the mixture around your mouth for 60 seconds and then spit it out.
Sensitive teeth:
Try this toothpaste.If your tooth feels sensitive to pressure, or when it’s exposed to hot or cold temperatures, whitening toothpaste is a no-no (it can just make your teeth more sensitive). Instead, try this simple solution: Switch to a no-frills toothpaste or consider buying toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth, Dr. Dodes says. “They have chemicals in them that desensitize the tooth,” he explains. If sensitivity persists, talk to your dentist, who can investigate the cause.
Jaw pain:
Until you can get an appointment with your dentist to check out your jaw pain — or while you wait to see if the pain resolves on its own — switch to a diet of softer foods. Give yourself five or six days of eating a soft-food diet and see if it gets better. If you twisted your ankle, you wouldn’t run hurdles, would you? If it hurts, give it a break. Just be sure to call your dentist if the jaw or tooth pain doesn’t go away.
Mouth pain is sometimes caused by swelling of soft tissues in the gum. Swelling should be checked by a dentist because it could be a serious dental health issue. In the meantime, try taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Still, if you’re in enough pain that you need a pill, you better get to a doctor because dental pain tends to get worse and worse.
Broken tooth:
If you break a tooth, get to your dentist as soon as possible — this problem needs immediate assistance. If you find the piece of tooth that broke off, you can preserve it at home by putting it in water or milk — don’t leave it on a counter, for instance, and never scrub it with cleanser. Sometimes dentists can bond the tooth back on. By putting it in milk, you’re helping to keep the cells alive so that they will re-grow when it’s reattached.
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