5 emergency toothache home remedies
What's causing that toothache? It could be a variety of factors. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)
Imagine that while you were munching on some gooey caramel, the filling in your tooth pops out. The pain you're feeling can be quite unbearable, and since it's the weekend, you can't schedule an appointment with your dentist until Monday. In the meantime, you obviously need find to toothache remedies to reduce the pain. While acetaminophen may ease some of the discomfort, it may not be effective at eliminating the pain altogether, and you may be interested in a more natural option. These home remedies will assist you in pain management temporarily until you can visit the dentist.
- Onion. Cut a piece of onion so it fits comfortably in your mouth. Apply the slice to the effected tooth. Allow it to sit on the achy spot for about five minutes. You may want to leave it on longer. The antiseptic properties of the onion will kill the bacteria in the mouth, which contributes to the pain.
- Garlic. Garlic toothache remedies are similar to the onion method. You can either chew on a peeled clove of garlic or rest it on the aching spot along with some rock salt to reduce or stop the pain. Garlic works by killing the bacteria in the mouth, which may be an underlying cause of the soreness.
- Pepper powder. Take a pinch of pepper powder and mix it with approximately a quarter-teaspoon of table salt. You can add a dash of water to turn it into a paste if you like, or you can apply the concoction directly to the tooth that's giving you problems. This particular mixture kills the germs in your mouth and is also effective at curing bad breath and working as an anti-inflammatory.
- Clove. If you're suffering from the nuisance of a toothache, clove is probably one of the most common and useful methods to relieve it. Clove, whether in the form of clove seeds or clove oil, acts as an antibacterial agent and eliminates the bacteria that's leading to tooth decay and pain. Additionally, it reduces the presence of swollen gums and bad breath. To increase the potency of this remedy, try adding a pinch of black pepper to the oil. If you opt for clove seeds, chew them or leave them beside the affected tooth.
- Lime and wheatgrass. Create a potion with lime and wheatgrass, and use it as a mouthwash. You can chew on the wheatgrass to increase the effectiveness of the solution. The lime helps to prevent tooth decay and bleeding gums. It even reduces the problem of your teeth loosening. Wheatgrass helps to absorb the toxins, thereby eliminating them from the mouth.