5 Time Tested Remedies For Toothache

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As Shakespeare had rightly quoted- “there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently”, toothache does remain a matter of concern. We have all endured it, and it has never been a pleasant experience. Sometimes other pains also mimic a tooth pain. But overall we have to rush to a dentist as soon as that unpleasant sensation arrives. But what if we tell you that there are certain home remedies which would not banish your pain completely, but will for sure slack it off to make it a less worse experience. We are not asking you to take tobacco to shun away your pain, nor are we advising you to apply some ointment in your  mouth. But there are certain substances which have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. And the best part is that they are barely a step away- right in your kitchen!  There is however a word of advice for you. If there is too much swelling inside or outside your mouth, the right thing to do would be visiting a dentist without a moment of delay.

Following are a few remedies for your tooth ache.

1. Rinses

Warm saline rinses are the best remedy to toothache. In a glass of lukewarm water, add a bit of salt and use it as a mouth rinse. You can use it 3-4 times a day. This would not only eliminate signs of inflammation like swelling, but will also clean the area of microbial invasion.

You can also use scotch, whisky or vodka for rinsing your mouth. If none are available, you can go for a mouthwash which contains alcohol. No it’s not funny. It actually works owing to the anti microbial action of alcohol.

Another effective mouth rinse is clove oil. You can use it by adding a few drops of clove oil in water. Do not use too much of clove as it can make the pain worse.


2. Clove

Cloves contain eugenol which is a natural anesthetic agent, i.e. it numbs the nerves in the area applied, thereby providing relief from pain. Clove also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the problem with clove is applying too much of it can in fact make the pain worse.

It can be used in following ways:

  • Add 2-3 drops of clove oil on cotton. Place it on the affected area for a few minutes. Do not use it if there is too much swelling.
  • You can also grind cloves, and mix it with olive oil. Applying this mixture would also benefit in toothache.
  • If nothing, take a clove and place it on the affected area. Chew the clove till all its oil is released.

3. Ice pack

Ice is an effective and time tested way to reduce swelling and inflammation. Due to the vasoconstriction caused by ice there is marked reduction in swelling. Also, ice provides an anesthetic effect to soothe the pain. Take an ice cube. Wrap it up in a thin clean cloth. Use this as an ice pack and place it on the surface where swelling is. You can also get ready made ice packs available with chemists. Do make sure you do not use it for more than 10-15 minutes as there might be bruising if you over do it.

Another way to use ice is massaging the palm with ice. The brain would receive signals of cold sensation. These signals would hinder the pain signals being transmitted.


4. Tea

The tannins in black tea act as astringent to ward off the pain and swelling. Prepare a cup of black tea. Keep the tea bag a little longer than you usually do. Move tea to the  area of pain.

Another way of using tea is in the form of tea tree oil. Put a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton swab. Place it on the affected area. Leave it there for a while. Then wash it off.

You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil in lukewarm water and use it as rinse.


5. Garlic and onion

Onion has great anti- bacterial and antiseptic properties. You can chew freshly cut raw onions for a while on getting a tooth ache till its oil comes in contact with the area. If you cannot do it, other way of using it is placing an onion piece on the area. This too would serve the purpose.

Garlic is prescribed to people to cure chronic and severe pains. This it has immense analgesic properties. The medicinal properties of garlic is attributed to the acilin present in it. You can crush a single clove of garlic. Add some salt to it. Apply it on the tooth or gum. Do not add too much of garlic. If you can tolerate its taste and smell, the best way to use it remains chewing it!


We would also suggest you to take a diet with low sugar content. Avoid taking sweets, junk food. These foods would only add up to the debris around tooth, further increasing infection and further pain. Instead take fiber rich diet as fruits and vegetables which can be rinsed off easily from mouth.

So now you know what you have to do when you have a tooth ache and do not have immediate spare time to visit a dentist

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