When a toothache arises, it is rare that you can organise an emergency appointment at the dentist and often you have to suffer patiently. While you are waiting for an appointment, here are six natural remedies inspired by our grandmothers which can help to relieve pain. As well as these pain relieving treatments, you should brush your teeth at least two times per day and not eat too many sugary products.
Cloves have natural antiseptic and painkilling properties.
Place a clove onto the painful tooth then tighten the jaw until you feel the effects. In their surgery, dentists use a paste made of a clove base to disinfect mouth infections. You can also leave a few cloves to in infuse in water and then use this water as a mouth wash.
2) Bicarbonate of soda mouthwash
Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a large glass of warm water and then use this as a mouth waste. The bicarbonate will relieve toothache and gum pain. It is recommend to use this mouth wash 2 to 3 times per day for 3 minutes.
Bicarbonate of soda is effective at destroying bacteria that causes gum and dental infections. You can also replace bicarbonate of soda for a teaspoon of cider vinegar.
3) Ice cube bag
Cold temperatures are very effective a relieving all types of pain. Wrap an ice cube bag in a clean piece of clothing and apply it to your cheek underneath the source of the pain.
Garlic has many medicinal properties, however it’s antiseptic and antibiotic qualities help it to get rid of bacteria which causes infections. Squeeze a garlic clove between your teeth where it is inflamed around the teeth and gums. The pain should quickly calm down.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties which allow it to relieve toothache and get rid of the source of pain. Mix 2 teaspoons of ground ginger with a teaspoon of water to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste onto a piece of cotton and then place it onto the painful tooth without touching the gums.
6) Tea tree essential oil
Add 1 drop of tea tree essential oil onto your toothpaste which is squeezed out onto your toothbrush, then carefully brush the painful area. Tea tree essential oil has multiple benefits including antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
If you are a fan of homeopathy, take five granules of Chamomilla vulgaris 9CH (chamomile) about 3 to 6 times a day. Wait at least fifteen minutes before taking a dose. Chamomile is naturally effective at soothing pain.
8) Self massage
The benefits of massages and acupuncture should not be looked down upon, we now know that they are very effective at relieving any type of pain, or at least almost any. Give yourself a cheek massage around the painful area by using the tip of your index finger.