Home remedies for toothache: What works and what hurts

Home remedies for toothache: What works and what hurts

Your head pounds, your gums throb, and your mouth is sore and tender. Yes, you’ve got a toothache. If this is the case, we suggest that you see your dentist ASAP. But, in the meantime use these home remedies to get short-term relief.

Saltwater Rinse
Until you can get to the dentist, one of the best things you can do is swish warm, salty water around in your mouth. A good mix is 1/2 teaspoon table salt to 30ml of water. Remember – spit it out, don’t swallow it. You can also gently floss around the sore tooth to remove any bits of food that may be stuck.
OTC Pain Relievers
Dentists suggest paracetamol for children. For adults, take your pick of over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen. If you choose aspirin, swallow it – don’t put it right on the tooth or your gums! That folk remedy doesn’t work and might harm the inside of your mouth.
Cold Compress
If your face is swollen, put an ice pack on your cheek. It may help ease the pain, especially if you’ve chipped your chopper or knocked it loose. Swelling could also mean you have an abscess, a sack of pus and gunk deep in the roots of your tooth. This can cause serious infection in your jaw and other teeth. The signs to watch out for include fever and red gums. In this case, make an appointment at your dentist right away!
OTC Anaesthetics
Apply these pain-relieving gels and liquids directly to the sore tooth and nearby gums. They contain benzocaine, which will numb your mouth for a little while. Beware: They’re meant for short-term use only
Put some ice in your hand, on the same side of the body as your sore tooth. Rub the ice in the space between your thumb and forefinger for 7 minutes, or until the area turns numb. Why does it work? Researchers believe ice stops pain signals to your brain. Give it a try.
Clove Oil
This natural remedy numbs the pain. Rub it directly on the sore area or soak a cotton ball and dab it against the tooth and gums. It may be as effective as benzocaine, the numbing ingredient in over-the-counter toothache gels.
When you crush one of these cloves, you release allicin, an oily liquid and natural disease fighter. Will it ease the ache? That’s not clear. But you can try chewing a piece of garlic or placing chopped bits on your tooth. It’s safe — except, of course, for your breath.

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