Toothaches and gum pain can start out as an annoyance and grow into an affliction difficult to ignore. When you have a toothache, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else. If the pain is significant, it is safe to say that most tooth or gum related issues will eventually require the professional intervention of a dentist. Until you can make it there, though, there are effective home remedies you can consider.
Salt Water Solution
Growing up, my parents’ solution for mouth pain was always the same: go gargle with some salt water. As it turns out, they may have been right. The salt in the water can help reduce swelling and cleanse the area. Plus, the taste is more forgiving than some over-the-counter options.
Remedy: Dissolve a teaspoon or so of salt in a one cup of very warm water. Swish it around in your mouth for as long as you can stand it. After you spit, rinse with plain water.
Myrrh, which comes from the bark of specific trees, has been used for medicinal purposes in a variety of cultures for centuries. It has properties of both an astringent and antiseptic, so it can help kill bacteria and reduce gum inflammation.
Remedy: You can purchase powdered myrrh at most health food stores. Simply place the powder directly on the affected area using your fingers. Do not rinse. If using myrrh essential oil instead of powder, combine it in equal parts with peppermint or tea tree oil and swish in your mouth.
Clove Oil Tooth Remedy
Perhaps the most well known home remedy for a toothache is clove oil. You can this relatively inexpensive essential oil in most health food stores. Because of the active ingredient eugenol, it can have similar short-term, pain-numbing effects as over-the-counter gels. Because clove oil has properties of an antibacterial, it can be particularly helpful if your toothache stems from a bacterial issue.
Remedy: Apply a small amount of clove oil to a cotton ball or cotton swab and place it on the painful area. Be careful not to use too much or to ingest any of the oil, as there can be negative side effects. Note that if you don’t have the clove oil, chewing on a clove itself until the juice excretes can have the same effect. The flavor is very strong, though, so many people prefer to place the oil directly on the area.
Teabag for Swelling
Another common and effective home remedy for toothache is to apply a teabag to the affected area. Black tea is full of the astringent tannin acid, it can aid in the healing process while reducing pain in the nerves and gums. This method can also help reduce gum swelling.
Remedy: Try a black teabag (preferred) or peppermint-flavored teabag (if you can’t handle black tea). Soak the teabag in warm water and apply it directly to the painful area. Use a little pressure without being too forceful if your mouth is already tender.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Mouth Bacteria
Hydrogen peroxide has a plethora of household uses, and providing oral pain relief in a pinch is another one to add to the list. The peroxide can help kill bacteria and can make you more comfortable until you can get into the dentist.
Remedy: Take a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide and combine it with warm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds. It is very important not to swallow any of the peroxide, as doing so can cause serious health issues. After spitting, rinse your mouth with plain water twice.
Ice for Gum Inflammation
Ice is used to reduce swelling on other parts of the body; it works on your mouth, too. If your toothache is accompanied by inflammation, try an ice pack. An added benefit is that the cold temperature can serve as a numbing agent on especially painful areas.
Remedy: Wrap a bag of ice cubes in a light cloth and place it against the affected area. (If you don’t have ice cubes, try using a bag of frozen peas or something similar.) Using the cloth as a barrier between your skin and the ice will help reduce the shock.
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