You can relieve a toothache at home following these simple guidelines. However, I suggest you check in with your dentist as fast as you can.
Most of you may already know that ibuprofen is a great painkiller against toothaches, but acetaminophen does the trick as well. The truth is, not everyone is quick to take pills; some of you prefer natural remedies. Therefore I have prepared a few alternatives you can try at home.
Creating this natural mouthwash is super easy and effective. When having a toothache, the first thing you should do is to mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. It will help you reduce inflammation and also clean the area around the teeth. After swishing it around the mouth a few times, spit it out and rinse with water.
Hydrogen Peroxide rinses
Create a mouthwash from 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 3% water. Swish it around the mouth a few times and spit it out. Be careful not to swallow it and rinse your mouth properly after use. This mouthwash is a great disinfectant, especially when having a toothache.
The old-time cold compress is another effective home relief treatment for a toothache. Wrap an ice pack in a towel or cloth, then hold it on your face where it hurts. Never apply ice directly to your skin. This will help constrict the vessels, which reduces the pain and swelling.
Garlic might not sound like the best choice for a toothache. However, it contains antibacterial properties, which can help reduce tooth pain. You can eat a raw clove or make a garlic paste by crushing the clove and mixing it with a little bit of salt. Apply the paste directly to the aching tooth.
Clove oil is an old treatment for relieving a toothache. You can dilute it with water to create a mouthwash or apply it directly to the affected tooth with the help of a cotton ball. Add a drop of oil to a glass of water for a mouthwash. Clove has antiseptic properties called eugenol.
Vanilla extract may sound ridiculous in this situation, but it can do wonders when having a toothache. The reason it works is because of the alcohol, which numbs the pain. It also contains antioxidants which would speed up the healing process. Use a cotton ball or a finger to apply it directly to the affected area.
Peppermint tea bags
Another strange home remedy is using a peppermint tea bag. Make sure to make peppermint tea and leave the teabag to cool down before using it on your aching tooth.
If you are pregnant, talk to your dentist before using any of the above home remedies.