The intensity of toothache pain can have you climbing a wall. The first course of action should be making an appointment with your dentist. But he may not have an appointment available until TOMORROW! That can feel like hundreds of years away, when you’re in this much discomfort.
Here are some natural health remedies, which will help ease the pain temporarily.
The properties of ginger root are a bit magical and help relieve a whole variety of ailments. Livestrong.com tells us that ginger root soothes headaches, treats ringworm, upset stomach, sprains and bruises. Apparently it can even help calm the pain of a relentless toothache.
Ginger root can be purchased at your local grocery store. Cut a piece, remove the skin and just place it on top of the painful tooth. Then bite down on it and extract the juice from the root swishing it around your mouth. Chew the ginger root once it begins to soften. Continue to chew the ginger root for five minutes, swallowing afterward or spitting the pulp into a napkin for discarding. Repeat the process several times a day.
Studies have shown that clove oil has both analgesic and antibacterial properties, reports The New York Times. It was widely used in dentistry before the advent of more commercial anesthetics. Research shows it works thanks to its active ingredient, eugenol, used in dental cement and filler.
Clove oil can be found in most health food stores. To use, apply a very small amount to a cotton swab or piece of tissue and apply gently to the affected area. Clove oil is safe when used correctly in small amounts, but can cause liver and respiratory problems if used in large quantities.
Peppermint oil has got anti-bacterial properties to reduce the swelling of gums and also has menthol that soothes the inflammation says listdose.com.
Take a cotton ball and soak it in some peppermint oil for a minute or two and dab it later on the infected tooth to help lessen the pain. You can use peppermint oil as a mouthwash by mixing it with a little water for a numbing effect. Even chewing fresh peppermint leaves can help ease excruciating tooth pain.
Warm Salt Water
An infection in the gums could lead to a lot of pain, discomfort and other problems such as bleeding, toothache, swelling and tenderness.
For tried and true temporary relief, dissolve a small amount of sea salt in a cup of water. Take a sip of the solution and swish for about half a minute and then spit out. This remedy helps reduce swelling of the gums and draws infection out of the abscesses.
To reduce pain and swelling of a toothache, use an icepack on the outside of your cheek, suggests Webmd.com. DO NOT apply the ice directly to the tooth, which will increase the pain. Toothaches are often quite sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.