Toothache Relief Home Remedies

Toothaches occur primarily as a result of tooth decay, although bacteria and infection may cause similar pain and discomfort. Regardless of the cause, make an appointment with your dentist immediately when a toothache occurs. In the meantime, the Mayo Clinic recommends rinsing your mouth with warm water, flossing to remove lodged food particles and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. If the tooth still aches, several home remedies may provide temporary relief.

Clove Oil

Clove oil, a natural antiseptic and anesthetic, may temporarily relieve toothache pain. A study published in the November 2006 edition of the “Journal of Dentistry” found that clove oil worked as well as benzocaine, a common topical anesthetic, at relieving pain before needle insertion. To use at home, saturate a small cotton swab with clove oil, then apply directly to the affected tooth. Avoid applying to the gums, as this may cause burning or irritation. If you don’t have access to clove oil, placing a bruised whole clove on the affected tooth yields similar results.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide may help alleviate toothache pain caused by infections in the gums or nerves of the tooth, according to the book “Alternative Cures.” Swish a mouthful of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for a few seconds after flossing. Allow the peroxide to remain inside your mouth for about 20 seconds before discarding and rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water. Repeat once a day for two to three days in a row. Do not swallow peroxide, as it may burn the esophagus or cause severe stomach cramps. Also, do not perform this treatment longer than three days because extended use may burn the gums.

Chamomile Tea Compress

Chamomile tea, when applied externally as a compress, may help draw out toothache pain, according to the book “Healing Remedies.” Steep 1 tsp. dried chamomile in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes, then strain. Dip a clean cotton cloth into the hot tea, wring out any excess liquid, and then apply the compress to the outside of your cheek, over the area affected by the toothache. As soon as the cloth becomes cold, dip it back into the warm tea and reapply. Repeat the treatment as often as necessary to reduce pain.

Horseradish Root

Horseradish, a common culinary vegetable, may also help alleviate toothache pain until you can see your dentist. “Chicken Soup & Other Folk Remedies” recommends grating fresh horseradish root and placing it as a poultice behind the ear closest to the painful tooth. For the best results, use 1 to 2 tsp. grated horseradish root and place it inside a thin piece of cotton or cheesecloth before applying. In addition, rubbing some of the grated root on the gum area near the affected tooth may help relieve pain.

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