A toothache can occur due to a variety of reasons such as missing fillings, an abscessed tooth, cavities, and even a respiratory condition. If you experience persistent tooth pain, a visit to your dentist is necessary, but until you can see your dentist, here are some at-home treatments you can try to relieve the pain.
Cloves contain a natural anesthetic substance known as eugenol which works as a numbing agent. However, you need to be careful while applying clove oil to an aching tooth because too much of it can exacerbate the pain. So a good way to go about it is putting a couple of drop of clove oil on a cotton swab and place it on the affected area for a few minutes to numb the pain.
Ginger is touted as one of the most significant spices in the world due to its natural, healing properties. It can not only promote digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, and keep the blood pressure under control but it can also relieve tooth pain. Just mix a teaspoon of ground ginger with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a small bowl, adding enough water to reach a paste consistency. Gently immerse a cotton swab or cotton ball into the paste and apply it carefully to the affected tooth. Just avoid getting the paste on the nearby gums as this can cause some irritation.
Mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of hot water to use it as a pain-relieving mouthwash. A saltwater mouthwash works by removing leavings to lessen inflammation. You can gargle using this mix 30 seconds at a time as many times as needed.
Just like clove oil, peppermint also contains a natural numbing agent that can help in easing toothaches. You can simply apply a peppermint tea bag as a compress to the affected region in your mouth for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Put some ice in a Ziploc bag, cover it with a light cloth, and place it on the painful tooth for around 15 minutes to numb the pain. Some experts also believe that massaging the soft region between the thumb and forefinger with an ice cube for several minutes can interfere with the pain signals being transmitted to your brain.
Crushing a garlic clove releases a substance known as allicin that is also thought of as a natural pain reliever. Alternatively, you may chew a clove or apply small bits to the affected tooth.