When you experience tooth pain, it can feel like it’s never ending. Even if you’ve scheduled an emergency appointment to remedy the pain, the few days you might need to wait can seem much longer with persistent pain. While waiting for your next dental appointment, there are plenty of natural toothache remedies that you might not know about.
Here are 5 natural toothache remedies:
1. Peppermint Tea Bag
Peppermint tea has numbing properties that can help soothe your toothache. Once you’ve steeped the peppermint tea bag you can place it on the affected area of your tooth. The peppermint herbs in the tea bag will work to temporarily soothe your pain. You can keep the tea bag on the affected area for up to 20 minutes. This natural toothache remedy is safe, as the contents of peppermint tea are all natural, however it is not a long term solution for pain relief.
2. Salt Water Rinse
Another common natural toothache remedy is a salt water rinse. Salt water is a natural antiseptic and will help reduce bacteria in your mouth that is contributing to your pain. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling caused by an infection. A salt water rinse will be especially beneficial for a toothache caused by an infection of the gums or other areas of the mouth.
Using crushed garlic cloves on the affected area of the tooth is another natural toothache remedy. Although this remedy leaves your breath smelling less than fresh, it can be a helpful option when searching for remedies you have around the house. Allicin, a property found in crushed raw garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that can help greatly reduce bacteria caused by an infection. This property acts as a natural anesthetic, which can help reduce pain. One way to reduce toothache pain is by using crushed garlic with salt and applying the paste directly to the tooth. Another, speedier way to use garlic on a toothache is to simply chew on raw garlic cloves.
4. Aloe Vera Mouth Rinse
Aloe vera mouth rinse is another natural toothache remedy. Aloe vera has soothing properties that can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. It’s especially helpful for a toothache caused by inflamed or infected gums. Using an aloe vera rinse you can stop gums from bleeding, and even fight early signs of periodontal disease. Although an aloe vera rinse can be made at home with a mixture of all-natural aloe vera and water, you can also find drugstore mouth rinses that have a more pleasant minty flavor.
5. Cloves or Clove Oil
A final and common natural toothache remedy is crushed cloves or clove oil. Cloves have a numbing effect that works well to reduce throbbing pain caused by a toothache. It also has anti-bacterial properties to help reduce pain-causing bacteria. Using clove oil on a cotton ball or a small piece of gauze, and applying it directly to the tooth that’s in pain can help temporarily numb the area and reduce the pain.
All of these natural toothache remedies are temporary. Tooth pain is usually caused by tooth decay, an infection or damage to the tooth, meaning that a permanent solution requires the expertise of a dentist. If you are experiencing tooth pain, these natural remedies can help you reduce the pain prior to your next dental appointment.
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