What to do
Toothache is one of those problems which is caused by several reasons. For instance abscessed tooth, chewing gum or tobacco, tooth decay, infected gums, tooth fracture etc. are all well-known reasons for the toothache. But the pain that is caused due to toothache is intense and unbearable. Due to this sharp and throbbing constant pain, a person can also develop fever and/or severe headache. Furthermore opening mouth also becomes difficult because the pain then travels to the ears as well.
Time to see a doctor
Normally the toothache lasts for a day or two but in case the pain continues then it is time that you should see a dentists because timely identification of the root cause and treatment of dental infection, if any, is necessary to prevent it from causing further damage to other teeth as well as your skull and face. It may also be noted that acute toothache could also directly affect your blood circulation.
Home Remedies against Toothache
But there are times when you suddenly start feeling toothache and you know that you will not be able to find any dentist at that time, then you should know what alternatives you have to ease up the pain or get an instant relief. Israel Figa explains that firstly you have to determine what is the root-cause giving you toothache. Once you are able to find it, the next step is to apply some home remedies.
According to Israel Figa the first thing you can do to stop pain is to rinse your infected tooth with the salt water. This is an old traditional home remedy which is very effective against minor irritation but even if there is no relief and you are feeling that rinsing salt water is increasing the pain further, then of course you need proper intervention by a dentist.
However, there are a few home remedies which have been applied by generations after generations for centuries and have been found very effective against toothache. But in the words of Israel Figa even if you want to try any of them, you should first consult your dentist in case you are a breastfeeding mother or pregnant or have any other acute medical condition which can get further worst from the use of herbal ingredients.
According to Israel Figa, the following are home based remedies to provide relief in case someone is having a toothache: –
Salt water rinse
As explained above by Israel Figa, the first remedy you can apply is get a glass full of water and put salt in it. This is the first line treatment which has been found very effective against minor toothache because it has it is a natural disinfectant which cures infection promptly. Because there are sometimes debris and/or food particles which get stuck between the space of two teeth therefore the salt water normally works effectively against such a problem. Apart from that salt water is also effective against reduction of inflammation as well as oral wounds can also be healed through its use.
The recipe is quite simple. All you need is a glass of mild warm water and add 2 teaspoon of salt in it. Start using the salt water as if you are using mouthwash. You can also do gargle, if you like.
The second most effective and easy home remedy for easing up toothache is the use of cold compress. Cold compress application can constrict the blood vessels in the infected area or from where you are experiencing pain. According to Israel Figa cold compress is top of the line treatment to ease up pain instantly. It further reduces the swelling from the infected tooth as well.
Israel Figa suggests that both, salt water rinse and the application of cold compress should be your first choice to treat toothache as there are no side effects of using them both. Cold compression can be applied through using a towel and a bag of ice and then you need to wrap the ice bag in the towel and keep it holding against the infected area for 10 to 15 minutes. You can repeat this process after each hour or as you like. This will certainly ease up your pain in case there is no severity of infection.
The next home remedy, which is most effective against toothache, is the use of garlic. It has been scientifically proven that this herb called garlic has the best medicinal properties which are not find in any other herb. For thousands of years garlic has been used to several infections. It can easily eliminate harmful bacteria and common viruses which can result into dental plague and is a great source of easing up toothache. Interestingly garlic is available all four seasons and can be found easily available in anyone’s house.
In order to treat the toothache a person would be required to first crush a piece of garlic or can grind a clove of it to make its paste. Once the paste is ready you can directly apply the paste onto the infected tooth or infected area. You can also chew a clove if you can bear the throbbing taste of it.
Peppermint tea bags
One of these days most commonly used home remedy to numb toothache is the treatment through the use of Peppermint tea bags. For example if someone has sensitive gums or that his gums have been swollen, then application peppermint tea bags could relieve pain and soothe swollen gums.
The application process is also very simple. All you need is a recently used peppermint bag which should neither be cold nor too much warm. The bag can then be put in the month against the infected tooth or area. Normally it takes 5 to 10 minutes and the pain is eased up instantly.
Another effective method of using the peppermint tea bag is that you can also apply it cold. What you need to do is to put the bag in the freezer for 10 minutes and then apply the cold bag on the infected area.
When to see your dentist
According to Israel Figa all the above are simple home based remedies which have been used for centuries and have been found very effective against minor and acute toothache conditions. However, in case you find the use of these remedies ineffective against toothache then this is the time when you should see your dentist. Timely determination of the problem and its treatment is essential to avoid any further damage.