Toothaches may be innocent enough when it comes to major medical issues, but the throbbing pain they deliver can be devastating. Unfortunately, most people aren’t prepared when a toothache strikes in terms of how to offset the ache. Others aren’t thrilled with the idea of using store-bought remedies or even prescription painkillers to ease discomfort. What’s the alternative then? There are natural remedies to battle back the pain. WellWell has them laid out here. Of course, these are only temporary solutions. A toothache usually means a trip to the dentist is in order and should be scheduled.
Okay, this may not be the best solution for anyone in a serious relationship. But chances are someone suffering from a toothache isn’t interested in getting up close and personal if their jaw is throbbing. Regardless, garlic has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries thanks in part to its antibacterial elements. Not only can it kill harmful bacteria, but it can also ease the pain when rubbed up or held against an inflamed area. Plus, most people always have some garlic on hand. It can be crushed to create a paste for applying to the hurt or even chewed.
A saltwater rinse can help in two ways. It may help dislodge items caught between teeth, which may ease discomfort. As a natural disinfectant, it can also reduce inflammation and pain.
Obviously less pungent than garlic, peppermint can numb a throbbing area. The menthol in peppermint acts as an antibacterial agent. The application includes boiling a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup, letting it stand for 20 minutes and then swishing it around the mouth.
When applied as a mouthwash, thyme delivers powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties that can counteract pain. Just put a few drops of thyme oil in water and use it as a mouthwash. An alternative application calls for putting a few drops of oil on a cotton ball and applying it directly to the aching area.
Vanilla extract not only smells great to many, but it also contains alcohol. This helps it kill germs and numb painful areas. It can be used directly on a cotton ball and put where needed for temporary relief.
Clove oil has been used to tackle toothaches for centuries. It is a natural remedy for reducing pain and inflammation thanks to the eugenol, a natural antiseptic, it contains. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and apply. It can also be diluted a bit with oil or water as needed.
Turmeric is not only an increasingly popular seasoning, it has numerous health benefits. The compound in it called curcumin has natural antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic (pain-relieving) elements. Applications call for blending it into a paste and rubbing on the sore area.
Capsaicin is found in the “ribs” of chili peppers that give chilies their hot punch. This means it can be used to relieve nerve pain in teeth. If used, make sure the capsaicin doesn’t find its way into your eyes.
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