It is one of the most common dental problems that require immediate remedial actions. The sharp throbbing toothache ranges from mild pain to excruciating pain. Some home remedies could provide instant to long term relief. But if pain persists for more than 24 hours you must consult a dentist. Home remedies could be taken as preventive measures and not actually as cure when the problem sets in.
1. Main cause of toothache is cavity or decay due to excessive/ frequent consumption of sugar and carbohydrates mostly found in sweets and fizzy drinks including packed juices and fast food. The food particles left in between the teeth tend to release bacteria that break down the sugar and release acids that erode enamel, causing decay and infection.
2. Infection within the mouth also results in inflammation and swelling of the gums, including bleeding and pain.
1. Apply a smooth paste of turmeric, mustard oil and a pinch of rock salt on the affected area. The turmeric has great antiseptic property and does not help spread the pain. Its use with mustard oil and rock salt acts as effective pain killer for teeth related problems.
2. Cloves are also important ingredients easily found in homes. Keep a clove or two on the area for some time and you would feel the pain diminishing. You can also use/ apply clove oil but be prepared for sharp stinging pain as its pungent property can be real testy when touched on other parts of the mouth!Soak a ball of cotton in clove oil and keep it at the affected part.
3. Cold teabag is also effective in reducing pain and swelling of the gums. The tannins from the tea are known to give relief. If your teeth/gum is sensitive to cold, use teabag at normal temperature.
4. Rinse your mouth with salt water using little bit of turmeric powder. It helps reduce pain and swelling by killing harmful bacteria.
5. Myrrh is a very useful herb with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Mix a spoon of powdered myrrh in a cup of water and boil till it is reduced to half. Cool down the concoction and use 1 spoon of it in 1 cup of water at room temperature and rinse your mouth. Repeat it 3-5 times a day.
6. Peppermint tea tends to numb the affected part and therefore can be used as temporary measure to reduce pain.
7. Margosa bark or its leaves have curative properties. Boil 20-25 leaves or about 2 inches of Margosa also known as Neem in Asian countries, along with 2-4 cloves in a glass of water for half an hour or till it is reduced to 1/4th of its quantity. Strain it and it can then be preserved in a bottle for 1-2 weeks. Apply it at the affected part to get immediate relief.
8. Tea tree oil is yet another effective means of relieving toothache. Soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil and put it on the affected part to get instant relief from pain.
- Always rinse your mouth after eating anything and brush your teeth after you wake up and before you go off to sleep.
- Always consult dentist if pain persists for more than 24 hours.