Toothaches can differ in severity – they can be just mildly sore or they can be unbearable as they cause throbbing pain around your jaws. But one thing is for sure: they are no fun. There are varying causes of toothaches, including:
- Gum disease
- Cracked tooth
- Loose filling
- Exposed tooth root
- Jaw joint disorder
A toothache happens when the pulp or the central area of the tooth, which contains nerve endings that are very sensitive, becomes inflamed or irritated. If you can’t get in touch with a dentist and you need relief right away, here are some of the best natural remedies that can help relieve tooth pain:
1. Salt and Pepper
Just mix salt and pepper, which are both antibacterial with anti-inflammatory properties. To use, mix them in equal amounts and add a few drops of water until you form a paste. Then, apply directly on the tooth that hurts and let it stay there for a few minutes. Do this at least twice a day.
Garlic has antibiotic properties among others and it can be very effective for pain relief. All you need to do is crush a clove of garlic. If you don’t want to do this, you can simply use garlic powder. Then, add black salt or table salt and put it on the affected tooth. An alternative is to simply chew one or two cloves of garlic.
Another ingredient that you will likely find in your kitchen right now is an onion. It contains antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help alleviate toothaches. An onion can also kill the germs, especially if your toothache is due to an infection. To get relief, simply chew a raw onion until the pain subsides. If you don’t like the taste, you can simply place the onion directly on the tooth that is throbbing with pain.
4. Peppermint Tea
Here’s another reason to drink tea. Just put a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for about 20 minutes. Once it is cool, you can use it as a mouthwash or you can simply swallow it. The tannins in the tea can reduce both swelling and pain effectively.
If your toothache is caused by a cracked tooth or you lost a filling, just chew some gum and cover the affected tooth there. Do this until you can see a dentist. It helps if you avoid chewing on the tooth that hurts until it’s fixed.
Note though that even though these remedies and other natural treatments for mouth problems work, you should still see a dentist especially if the pain persists.