Tooth pain can vary greatly from unbearable throbbing pain to mild soreness in your teeth or around your jaws. The causes of the pain on the other hand may range from problems like tooth sensitivity, trauma, dental abscess, infection, dental caries to periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are so many tooth pain remedies available but we are only going to look at a few. These remedies have been tried and tested to be safe so the next time you or your loved one experience a tooth pain, try one of these remedies and you will not be disappointed.
1. Clove oil
Clove oil contains a chemical compound called eugenol which is a natural anesthetic and has antioxidant properties. What’s more, clove oil is antibacterial in nature so it can also help you in reducing the risk of bacteria infections too. However, clove oil needs to be used carefully so it doesn’t come in contact with other sensitive areas of your mouth because it can make the pain worse. So to get rid of the pain, put a drop or two of the oil onto a cotton ball and place it against the tooth itself to numb the area until the pain recedes.
2. Vanilla extract
Alcohol is one of the main active ingredients in vanilla extract hence plays a big role in relieving tooth pain by acting as a numbing agent. On the other hand, the therapeutic properties of this remedy are also as a result of eugenol, a natural anesthetic. To use vanilla extract for tooth pain, you can either dab a small amount on your finger and rub it around the affected area or apply it to a cotton ball and place it on the affected area. And if the pain doesn’t go away completely, you can repeat the process 2 to 3 times a day.
3. Garlic and Onion
Use of garlic and onion can also provide immense relief from tooth pain. Garlic has some antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties effective in getting rid of the pain while onions have bactericidal and antiseptic properties that can provide relief by killing the germs causing the infection. To alleviate the pain, chew or place a slice of onion directly on the affected tooth or gum for just a few minutes (if you’re not able to chew it) or chew one or two cloves of garlic to relieve the pain.
This is a gum resin that is believed to be rich in both minerals and vitamins. It is also believed to have some therapeutic properties which is the reason it is one of the best tooth pain remedies. For the remedy to be effective, you need to make paste by mixing a few drops or two teaspoons of lemon juice with a pinch of powdered asafoetida and then soak a clean cotton pad in the paste to apply it on the affected tooth. This will give you quick relief from pain.
5. Over-the-counter painkillers
Over-the-counter pain medication can also be taken to get relief from the tooth pain. However, sometimes this is definitely not the best treatment option. The best remedy would be to consult a dentist so the underlying cause of pain is identified and treated at the earliest. This is especially if the pain is accompanied by swelling around the affected area, fever or even headache.
Tooth pain is more likely to affect people who don’t follow a proper dental hygiene regimen. So it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and going for dental checkups at least twice a year.