A toothache isn’t just annoying. It affects the whole body and mind. The nerves are connected to so many other parts of the body.
Depending on where a toothache is, pain can be experienced in the ear, the head, and even the throat. And there are so many reasons for a toothache. While many people instantly think about cavities, toothache can come from wisdom teeth pushing through, trauma to the mouth, ulcers within the gums, and even sensitivity in the teeth after work being carried out.
You don’t want to take painkillers for your toothache constantly. After all, you’re just masking the problem. While you wait for a dentist appointment, you want to look into home remedies to help ease the issue. Here’s a look at 10 home remedies that you need to try for your toothache.
Try Out Peppermint Tea for a Topical Treatment
Sometimes you know the exact tooth that is causing the problem. You can use topical treatments for this, and one of those is peppermint tea. Well, more specifically, it’s peppermint tea bags.
You want to use cooled tea bags directly on the area that is throbbing and painful. You can even drink the peppermint tea first to help create a soothing effect on your whole body while you wait for the tea bags to cool – there’s less feeling of waste when you do this!
Peppermint is full of healing properties and has been used for centuries for herbal medicinal purposes. Using tea bags is just one of the easiest ways to apply the treatment to your mouth, but you can use peppermint leaves if you can get them. The benefit with the cooled tea bags is you also get an extra layer of healing. The coolness helps to sooth swelling and throbbing in the local area.
You need to use the tea bag for 20 minutes in the area. However, it is worth noting that this is only a temporary remedy. Once the tea bag is removed, it won’t take long for the pain to return.
The good news is that this completely natural way will not cause any damage to your teeth or mouth.
Use a Salt Water Wash
Salt has been used for centuries for cleaning out infected and wounded areas. The salt has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, especially if you use sea salt! While salt is also known for drying out the skin and body, the healing properties simply cannot be ignored. And when using the salt on a regular basis just for healing, the dehydrating side effects won’t become a problem.
Salt water rinses are regularly promoted in healing oral problems. Dentists will often recommend them for healing ulcers and gum problems because the healing properties are able to get right into the infected areas. Rinses can also be highly useful for getting into cavities while cleaning out bacteria naturally before they cause a problem.
You only need a couple of teaspoons of salt in water and swish it around the mouth for 30 seconds. This can be done on a daily basis or more to help offer some relief from the pain.
While salt water rinses and washes aren’t harmful, there is a downside. They don’t provide the long-term benefits that some of the other home remedies do. However, the washes are among the easiest and cheapest to use – the chances are that you have some type of salt already in your home!
Place Bourbon on a Cotton Ball
If you have spoken to your parents or grandparents about your toothache, there are high chances that they’ve told you to use alcohol. There are some antibacterial and antiseptic benefits to alcohol, but you need to watch out for the amount that you use.
Surprisingly, bourbon, whiskey, and scotch are all considered herbal remedies for babies are teething. However, most modern day practices will tell you to avoid any alcohol in children, especially when it comes to a toothache. The alcohol is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, and there is little understanding of the long-term effects this can have on babies and children.
However, for adults, bourbon – or any alcohol – soaked into a cotton ball could be an herbal remedy for a toothache. There is the belief that so little alcohol will cause no problems, compared to the numbing benefits of alcohol. You just have to add the cotton ball directly on the affected area to get the benefits.
The numbing is only temporary. Once the alcohol has worn off, the throbbing pain will likely come back again.
Try Chewing Garlic with A toothache
Most of you will want to avoid chewing anything when you have a toothache. However, you may want to make an exception for a clove of garlic. Garlic is full of antibacterial and healing benefits and is often recommended when fighting colds and other infections and diseases.
The garlic will directly attack the bacteria in the mouth. It removes the reason for a toothache, which could mean a longer-term benefit. You just must chew on a clove, and you can do this repeatedly throughout the day.
There are some types of a toothache that the garlic won’t help with. This is best for pain that involves bacteria or cavities. If your pain is due to a wisdom tooth cutting through or something deep into the gums, you won’t find much pain relief.
Garlic does have the downside of sticky breath!
Make a Paste of Cayenne Pepper and Ginger
Ginger and cayenne peppers are two other herbal remedies used for treating infections and diseases. They have natural antibacterial properties that help to boost the immune system and rid the body of the offending components.
You can combine the two together with a little water to create a bacteria fighting paste. However, you will want to avoid putting this paste on the gum area. It will burn because of the pepper inside the mixture. It’s the best remedy for pain that is because of a specific tooth.
Leave it on for as long as you can stand it. Don’t let yourself be in more pain for the sake of getting rid of a toothache!
Apart from a burning sensation, the mixture of the two ingredients isn’t dangerous for the mouth. You can use it throughout the day. It will give temporary relief but isn’t a way to completely repair damage to a tooth. You’ll need to get a cavity fixed.
If you find the two spices too much together, you can use them separately in pastes. Cayenne pepper is one of the best because the pepper can actually help to block the pain receptors for a period of time.
Use Hot Tea to Reduce the Swelling
As I’ve said, you can use peppermint tea to help reduce the pain in your mouth. Black tea also works wonders. Don’t just use the tea bags, but use the actual hot tea to your oral advantages.
One of the biggest benefits of black tea is the astringent properties. These help to reduce the swelling and inflammation, which are sometimes the main reason for pain. Swelling puts pressure on the nerves, which then send a message that there is a problem.
Hot tea can help to reduce swelling in the gums. It won’t help to get rid of bacteria in the mouth, but it will offer some more long-term benefits, especially when mixed with other herbal remedies to get rid of the bacteria. This is useful for pain due to gum disease and wisdom teeth cutting through.
It can also be used on children, but you will want to consider small amounts due to the caffeine. You can get some benefits from decaffeinated tea.
Watch out for drinking too much black tea. Unfortunately, it stains the teeth!
Put a Little Ice on It
Ice is commonly used to treat injuries. It helps to reduce swelling and works quickly and efficiently wherever you place it. This can also work as a home remedy to reduce the pain in your mouth.
It will depend on the reason for the pain in your mouth. If you have a toothache due to trauma or the gums swelling, it is certainly beneficial. You can reduce the blood flow and even get rid of some of the heat and the throbbing associated with the trauma or inflammation.
You will want to watch out for pain that is linked to sensitivity. The nerves will usually react to anything too hot or too cold. Placing ice directly on the area will make your pain much worse!
Only use ice cubes. Eating ice cream is not going to give you the same benefits as ice on the affected area. You may also want to wrap ice up in a towel and place it on the cheek of the affected side. This creates a buffer from the gum area that is causing the pain. If you’re going to put an ice cube in your mouth, don’t chew on it – I know it’s tempting! The teeth are not designed to chew ice cubes, and you run the risk of chipping or cracking them.
Try Out a Myrrh Wash
Myrrh is another home remedy that you want to consider. Use a little in some water to create a rinse, like you would with the salt water. You can even use it throughout the day like you would with a salt water rinse. Some people alternate between the salt water rinse and a myrrh wash.
Like black tea, myrrh has astringent properties, helping to reduce inflammation. Unlike black tea, myrrh also kills bacteria in the mouth. Not only will it help to offer relief from the pain but it can get rid of the reason behind the pain!
You’ll want to have a lukewarm rinse. Put powdered myrrh into water and simmer for 30 minutes and then strain. You only need to use a teaspoon of the solution on a regular basis throughout the day to get all the benefits.
This is perfectly safe for the mouth. However, you will want to avoid using it with children, as they have a habit of swallowing liquids.
Use a Dab of Vanilla Extract
Another option for adults is vanilla extract. This home remedy is not safe for children or babies. When you use vanilla extract, you’re using a small amount of alcohol. Even though it’s a small amount, there is still no telling the long-term effects that it can have on younger people.
It’s the alcohol in the vanilla extract that aids with the pain relief. As with the liquor, the alcohol acts as a numbing agent and can be used for all types of pain in the mouth.
There is also an extra benefit with vanilla. The scent of the ingredient is relaxing for many people. Those who are more relaxed will release more happy hormones, which include the body’s natural painkiller. People feel the pain less.
You can place the extract on the finger and rub it directly onto the affected area. Make sure you use clean hands if you are going to do this to avoid any extra bacteria entering the mouth. This can also be placed on a cotton ball like with the bourbon option to place directly on the painful area.
Repeat the process a couple of times a day. Once the alcohol in the extract has evaporated and absorbed, the feeling of pain will return, so it is just a temporary option.
Opt for a Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
The 10th option isn’t the safest remedy on the list. However, it is one of the most effective options. You’ll need to dilute the hydrogen peroxide with water to use it in the mouth, as the gums will absorb it into the bloodstream.
Like with a salt water or myrrh rinse, the hydrogen peroxide gets into the bacteria. It kills off everything that is causing the pain – literally killing it instead of just rinsing it out of the mouth as some other herbal remedies do.
You can use it throughout the day, but it will only offer temporary relief for some conditions. The good news is that it can be used for all types of a toothache. It can also help to avoid some gum problems, such as disease.
However, there are many dangers to using hydrogen peroxide, and it needs to be avoided for all children. It can cause intestinal problems if it is ingested, even in the smallest amount. It will also burn in the mouth. There are far better options above.
We’ve given you 10 ways to relieve a toothache, whatever reason you have it. There are some that are more effective than others, but the less effective options tend to be safer and can be used on adults and children. You will want to think about why your toothaches to get the right option.
It’s worth pointing out that all the options above are just temporary measures. You will need to treat the underlying problem to get rid of a toothache. However, if your toothache is due to wisdom teeth cutting through – and you definitely know that – you can at least get some temporary relief while your body slows down this stage of development.
*Results may vary from person to person.