Cavities, cracked teeth, abscesses, sinus inflammation… All these problems can cause you a serious toothache. These few home remedies can help you to relive them at least until you see a doctor or a dentist.
Remedy against toothache: clove essential oil
Cloves are a traditional remedy for numbing the nerves because the main chemical compound in this spice is eugenol, a natural anesthetic. But clove essential oil must be used with care. Pouring it directly on a painful area can actually make the pain worse if it comes into contact with sensitive gum tissue or the tongue. Instead, put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place it against the tooth until the pain subsides.
You can also use a little powdered clove or place a whole clove on the tooth. Chew the whole clove to release its oil and keep it in place for up to half an hour or until the pain subsides.
Remedy against toothache: ginger and cayenne pepper paste
Mix an equal amount of these two spices with enough water to make a paste. Roll a small cotton ball in this paste until saturated, then place it on your tooth avoiding the gums and tongue. Leave it until the pain subsides – or as long as you can bear it (the concoction is likely to burn).
You can also try these spices separately, as they are powerful painkillers. The main chemical component of cayenne pepper, capsaicin, helps prevent pain messages from reaching the brain.
Toothache Remedy: Salt Water
Melt 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of salt in 250 ml (1 cup) of boiling water for a painkiller mouthwash (which can also relieve a sore throat) that will clean away irritating debris and help reduce inflammation. Allow to cool and then rotate the mouthwash for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Saltwater cleans the area around the tooth and draws out some of the liquid that causes swelling. Repeat this treatment as often as necessary.
Toothache Remedy: Tea
Peppermint tea has a pleasant flavor and a certain anesthetic power. Put 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of dried peppermint leaves in 250 ml (1 cup) of boiling water and leave to infuse for 20 minutes. Once the tea has cooled, swirl it in your mouth and spit it out. Also, the astringent tannins in strong black tea help soothe the pain by reducing swelling. Place a warm, moist tea bag against the sore tooth for temporary relief.