Four home remedies for toothache, according to experts

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Toothache can be debilitating. It can strike anytime, anywhere. There are several medications available to help take the edge off the pain, but what do you do when you do not have any at hand?

Well, there are natural remedies that you can find in your pantry that could ease your suffering!

 

Cloves

It might not be the tastiest option, but clove oil certainly is the most effective remedy for toothache. It has a very pungent odour and has a ‘peppery’ taste. Clove oil applied directly to the painful spot acts like a numbing agent because it contains eugenol, a natural anaesthetic. Soak a few drops of clove oil in a cotton ball, then gently rub the cotton ball over the affected tooth and gum area.

Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth as soon as you feel the pain striking you, can really help stop it in its tracks.

According to Oral B, many tooth-whitening types of toothpaste are formulated for sensitive teeth, so take some out and place it on the spot where the tooth is hurting. Most toothaches are caused by an infection around the tooth. It is between the tooth and the gums causing pressure. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth and gums contain potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride. These ingredients have proven to be highly effective in treating sensitivity in most people by blocking the nerves and numbing the tubule holes. Additionally, some electric toothbrushes may feature a sensitive setting that can be used in conjunction with the sensitivity toothpaste of your choice.

Salt Water Rinse

Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of lukewarm water and rise your mouth. Swirl the solution around your mouth to reach all over. Even swish the liquid through any gaps in your teeth.

A study published in the Journal of the Indian Society of Paedodontics and Preventive Dentistry concludes that a salt water rinse can also help control plaque build-up on teeth and prevent oral diseases.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has been used historically to treat toothache, according to the Arabian Journal of Chemistry.

According to Colgate, this essential oil has antibacterial properties that may reduce tooth pain, making it a popular choice for those seeking short-term relief from toothache until dental help is available. Use a cotton ball to apply a few drops of oil to the affected area.

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