The relentless and dull pain of a toothache can really alter your mood and ruin your day. Luckily, there are various simple solutions for toothaches that you can prepare from the comfort of your own home.
One of the most common remedies for any type of pain is ice. The cooling properties of ice provide instant relief from a toothache. Simply place an ice cube in a plastic bag, wrap the bag with any thin fabric, and press it against the aching tooth (or on your cheek closest to the tooth) for 10 to 15 minutes. You will experience an almost instant numbing of the nerves and subsiding of the pain.
Clove oil is an effective nerve-numbing agent because it contains a natural anesthetic (eugenol). Simply place a few drops onto a cotton ball and apply it to the infected area.
Whiskey-Soaked Cotton Ball
You may have heard a family member prescribe whiskey or bourbon as a method of easing oral pain, and will be surprised to know that they were right. The anti-bacterial and numbing properties found in whiskey can provide effective temporary relief for a toothache. This method works most effectively when whiskey in swished in the mouth or soaked into a cotton ball and applied onto the affected tooth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar is a healthier alternative to the whiskey treatment.
A saline solution of sea salt and water may also do wonders for a toothache. Simply dissolve some sea salt in warm water and swish around the mouth for as long as you can. This can be repeated until your pain subsides.
Another form of pain relief involves placing a warm tea bag on your affected tooth. It is important to apply slight pressure to the bag through biting down on it.
Create a paste from one clove of garlic and a sprinkle of sea salt and apply it directly onto your aching tooth. Only leave the paste on for a few minutes and rinse with a warm saline solution for optimal effect.
Ginger root is known for its soothing properties and works well when combating an irritating toothache. Simply bite into a piece of raw ginger with unaffected teeth and, once broken down, apply it onto the affected tooth.
If you are suffering from a toothache, you may want to consider an oral exam from a dental professional. Book your appointment with Dr. Rodney Raanan today.