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Treating Toothaches With Nature’s Help

Oct 23, 2013

By Felicia Papier

Just because you brush and floss like you should, doesn’t mean that you can’t get a toothache.  And unlike a dental appointment, you don’t get to schedule your toothache.  They always happen at the most inopportune times – in the middle of the night, before a big presentation, right as you are getting on an airplane.  Yikes!

All month we have shared natural and home remedies to help you keep your mouth in tip top shape.  Today we are specifically talking about that dreaded toothache and ways you can get relief when the dentist is nowhere within screaming distance.

It’s not news that you will need to have your teeth checked out by a professional, especially if your toothache persists for more than 1 or 2 days.  If you have an earache, are running a fever or cannot open your mouth without severe pain, you need to see the dentist even sooner!  Usually there are underlying problems that are causing the ache and the root issue should be addressed.  This means going to the dentist before your 6-month checkup.  Good thing you bought that insurance from Dental Insurance Store!  Talk about coming in handy!

Most of us know what a toothache feels like – throbbing, sharp, constant pain; swollen chipmunk cheeks; headaches; gross taste in your mouth.  But how do you get such a toothache that brings your world to a painful halt?  Tooth decay is a top contender.  Tooth decay is the destruction of the tooth structure that can affect the enamel and the dentin and also causes cavities.  Infected gums from gingivitis and periodontal disease are also toothache culprits as well as repetitive motions such as grinding your teeth or chewing gum all of the time. Many times a fractured tooth or damaged filling can instigate a toothache.  (Check out our article on how to manage tooth damage from August.)

Here are our top 10 recommendations for at home relief of your mind-blowing toothache.  Remember to swish or chew these remedies near the affected area for best results.

  • Salt Water: Mix a heaping tablespoon full of salt in a small glass of warm water; swirl around inside your mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat as needed.

  • Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold in place.  You can also use almond, peppermint or lemon extracts.

  • Tea Tree Oil: Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.

  • Ginger Root: Take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit.

  • Garlic: Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle it inside cheek). You can also mash some garlic with salt.  Also helpful at Halloween to ward off any roaming vampires.

  • Lime: Cut a slice or wedge of lime and bite into it if you can to release some of the juice.  Alcohol is also a cleansing solution.  Mix the two and voila!  You know where this is headed…

  • Plantain: Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If you’re too sore to chew, use the other side of your mouth. Once the leaf is macerated a bit apply it to the problem area and hold in place.

  • Cucumber: Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

  • Cayenne Pepper: For those of you who like to spice things up, make a paste with cayenne pepper and water.
  • An ice pack is also good to bring down any swelling for your cheeks. You may also try brushing and flossing gently to stimulate the area.  An old wives tale is to hold an aspirin against the sore tooth.  Don’t do this!  Aspirin is an acid which will cause more tooth decay and can cause “aspirin burn” on your gums.   Sometimes a sinus infection can cause toothaches.  Make sure that you see your doctor to prescribe antibiotics if the side of your face is in severe pain. 

    Again, remember to get to the dentist as soon as possible to make sure you properly take care of the issue.  Thanks for reading today’s installment of Agent Straight Talk.  Come follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for more great tips to help you on your dental wellness journey!

    Sources: webmd, survival life

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