6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

A toothache almost always happens due to a specific cause, such as tooth cavities or a broken tooth, so going to the dentist is always indispensable.

However, while waiting for your appointment you can try some home remedies that are easy to prepare and can relieve the pain until the doctor assesses your tooth.

Some of the best home remedies that are proven to fight tooth pain include:

1. Cloves

6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

Cloves are perhaps the most used natural treatment against a toothache and often times the "clove smell" is linked to the dentist's office, since clove essential oil is part of many products used by professionals. This happens because several years ago scientists identified that clove oil had excellent bacterial and analgesic properties that were able to relieve a toothache very quickly.

Thus, clove oil is an excellent home remedy to relieve a toothache, especially because it is easy to find and it is cheap to buy. To use this remedy, you can squash one clove and place it on the tooth that seems to be hurting, but you can also buy clove essential oil and place one drop on a piece of cotton and place it on the tooth. It's important not to leave it on for more than two minutes straight, as the essential oil can cause burning on the gums if used for a long time. 

Clove essential oil can also be used as an elixir, being a safer way of using the essential oil. Simply place three to four drops of the oil in ½ cup of warm water and then do a mouth rinse. In this case, as the essential oil is diluted in water, it may not be as effective in relieving the pain.

2. Garlic

6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

Garlic is another great option for relieving a toothache, and even though it is not pleasant due to it's intense flavor, it has many benefitial properties that help fight toothache quickly.

To use the garlic you can cut a clove in half and apply one of the halves directly on the gum of the affected tooth, or place the garlic clove on top of the painful tooth and then chew it. After you finish, and in order to remove the taste of garlic, you can brush your teeth or use a mouthwash.

3. Warm water with salt 

6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

Warm water with salt is an excellent antiseptic, it is easy to prepare at home, and it's a good option if you suspect you might have an infected tooth. It is recommended that you dissolve a tablespoon of salt in boiling water and then rinse your mouth with the solution in small amounts for at least 30 seconds each time. 

This mixture is also used a lot to relieve throat pain, and it is recommended by doctors as a form of complementing medical treatment.

4. Peppermint

6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

The essential oil present in peppermint leaves has powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and so it can be used as a home remedy to relieve tooth pain. In addition, it has a great flavor which makes it a good option to use in children over the age of five.

To use peppermint correctly, it is advised that you place one teaspoon of peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and let the mixture sit for twenty minutes. Then use a part of the mixture to do a mouth rinse for thirty seconds, and save the rest to use another two times a day.

5. Ginger and propolis

6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

Ginger tea has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, while propolis has healing and antibacterial action, which is why both help to relieve pain and clean the inflamed area. To make this natural mouthwash, add 5 drops of propolis to a cup of ginger tea and then rinse your mouth with the mixture twice a day.

6. Ice pack

6 Great Home Remedies for Toothache

Ice can also help relieve a toothache faster, since it numbs the pain receptors. To use ice, you should place an ice pack on your face, close to the painful area, taking care not to burn your skin. The ice must remain in place for 15 minutes, and the process can be repeated up to 3 or 4 times a day.

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