Health: 6 Domestic Remedies For Toothache
Bhubaneswar: Toothache is a very painful condition which may be caused due to a number of factors like tooth infection, gum infection, tooth decay, damaged filling, tooth fracture or receding gums. It generally affects the areas in and around the teeth, jaws and gums. People usually panic but the fact remains that if a toothache persists for more than 1-2 days then it might need medical care. However, minor tooth pain can be taken care through various domestic remedies some of which have been listed below-
- Salt water mouthwash:
As a precautionary measure, you should rinse your mouth with salt water. Salt is a natural disinfectant and works wonders in evicting food particles that get stuck between your teeth. Besides, salty water also reduces inflammation and heal any oral wounds.
Cloves are blessed with eugenol which is a natural antiseptic and very effective in treatment of toothaches. You can also use clove oil which subsides tooth pain and reduce inflammation. Soak a small amount of clove oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. Doing this atleast 3-4 times per day will bring down the pain. You can also mix a small quantity of clove oil to water and use that as mouthwash.
- Peppermint Tea:
Drinking peppermint tea is said to reduce tooth pain and gum inflammation. Also, lukewarm peppermint tea bags applied on the affected area is said to bring down the numbness and pain.
- Ice pack:
You can also use an ice pack or a cold compress to get rid of toothache. Apply cold compress on the affected area causes the blood veseels to constrict, which eventually reduces the pain. Ice pack also heals the swelling and reduces inflammation. Using an ice pack over the affected area for a number of times will work wonders in reducing toothache.
Garlic is renowned for its medicinal properties all over. Garlic kills bacteria and relieves pain, prevents tooth decay, plaque and is a magical pain reliever. One can chew a clove of garlic or crush it and apply the paste on the affected area when experiencing toothache.
Thyme is a herb known to combat toothache effectively. You can also sip thyme tea or chew fresh thyme leaves. Thyme leaves are very small, so it is a good idea to chew them on the opposite side of your sore tooth.