Toothache is something terrible to endure. If you are unlucky enough to have one, you know how painful it can be. The throbbing, numbing pain you can feel in your jaw and in almost every part of your body.
You also have the ability to meet you at the worst times when it’s late at night and your dental office is closed. Talk about frustrating!
So, why do we have a toothache?
Toothache occurs when the central part of the tooth, the pulp, is inflamed. The pulp contains nerve endings that are very sensitive to pain. Inflammation of the pulp can be caused by a variety of causes, such as tooth decay, trauma and infection.
It is important that if your tooth hurts, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. They may be infected and, if left untreated, can cause major health problems beyond the affected tooth.
You should keep these 5 home remedies until you can visit the dentist:
- salt water
- olive oil
- strong spirit
This is probably one of the best ways to relieve toothache. Mix ¼ to 1/2 teaspoon salt in a glass with hot water. Gargle for 5 to 10 seconds, spit and repeat. Saltwater helps kill bacteria in the affected area and reduces pressure on nerve endings.
Note: Do not swallow salt water.
Painkillers provide a fast and effective relief from toothache. Having a painful tooth can make it difficult to eat, talk and even sleep so an over-the-counter painkiller can relieve pain.
Note: Do not place aspirin on the gums of the affected tooth. Aspirin is an acid and will burn your gums. Swallow the aspirin instead.
Olive oil, also known as eugenol, is a common ingredient found in dental products. Nails have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties that relieve toothache and combat infections.
Mix 2-3 drops of olive oil or cooking oil and apply the mixture to the aching tooth. You can also put a cotton ball in the oil mixture and rub on the affected area.
Note: You can find clove oil in most pharmacies
Fill a ziploc bag with ice, wrap it around a cloth and hold it on your cheek where it hurts. The cold temperature will numb the pain.
Note: Do not apply ice directly to the affected tooth. Teeth that are inflamed by toothache are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures that only aggravate the pain.
Alcohol is an antiseptic and astringent and can help relieve the pain of toothache. Swoosh a little whiskey, whiskey or vodka. Another option is to pour something on a cotton ball and apply to the aching tooth.
Note: Strong mouthwash with alcohol works too.