If ever there is one pain that mentally drains you out, it is toothache! Yes, we may be biased, but this is one pain that doesn’t usually have symptoms that you can keep a constant check on. One day the pain just pops up and messes around with your daily routine which importantly includes eating and drinking. If the pain is on one side or mild, you can still manage eating and concentrating on work. But if the pain is severe, then it takes a toll on your entire day. While we recommend that you go for regular dental check-ups, say at least once in two to three months, based on your teeth condition, here are some things you can do when toothache starts bothering you and you haven’t gone to the doc yet.
Home Remedies for Toothache
- Clove Oil: Cloves contain a substance called Eugenol, a powerful antiseptic and power killer. They have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties to reduce toothache and fight infection.
Use: Grind cloves and apply the powder on the affected area or dip cotton in clove oil and place it on the affected area.
- Salt Water: Salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and drains out the fluid that causes swelling.
Use: Take a glass of warm water and add half spoon of salt and stir it well and rinse your mouth (repeat twice a day).
- Onion: Onions have antiseptic and anti-microbial properties. They reduce the pain by killing the germs causing infection.
Use: Chew a raw onion slice or place it directly on the affected tooth.
- Garlic: Garlic has antibiotic and other medicinal properties, which is effective in reducing pain.
Use: Crush garlic and add some salt and apply it directly on the affected area.
- Guava Leaves: Guava leaves have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties. They help in alleviating toothaches, swollen gums and mouth ulcers.
Use: Simply chew few guava leaves or add the leaves in boiling water along with some salt and use it as a mouth wash. Repeat the process frequently for better results.