There could be various reasons for toothache including but not limited to a cavity, infection, exposed tooth root, a loose filling or even a cracked tooth. Whatever the cause maybe, there’s no doubt that toothaches are very irritating and painful. It is advisable to contact a dentist when you experience a toothache. However, there are a few remedies that can be done in your own home prior to contacting a dental health professional.
Saltwater: One of the easiest and most effective remedy for toothaches is rinsing your mouth with salt mixed with warm water. Saltwater not only acts as an anti-bacterial agent but also helps bring down inflammation and swelling. Do this every hour or so and see a significant pain reduction.
Tea Bag: Slightly soak a tea bag in ice water and apply on the affected area. The tannin in tea helps reduce inflammation and gives some relief from the pain. Using ice bags to relieve the pain is also recommended.
Garlic: Chewing one or two cloves of garlic can also help remedy toothache. Alternatively, you could use crushed garlic or garlic powder and mix it with some table salt. Then apply this mixture to the affected area to bring down the pain. The antibiotic and medicinal properties of garlic make it an effective choice.
Guava Leaves: The analgesic, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties in guava leaves make it the best remedy for toothache. You could chew a few washed tender guava leaves or you could boil a few leaves in water, add some salt to the solution and use this mixture as a mouth wash. Raw spinach leaves too work in a similar way.
Vanilla Extract: The natural calming and numbing effect of vanilla can help reduce the pain in the gum and jaw areas. Dip a cotton swab in vanilla extract and apply to the affected area.
While these remedies are useful in bringing relief from pain it is important to note that they may not treat the root cause of the pain.