Toothaches can single-handedly ruin your day. You could be out with friends, and suddenly, you get a massive ache in your tooth. And while one part of you wants to know why it’s happening, the other just wants to end it right away.
But with a visit to the dentist at such sudden notice being completely out of the question, you will have to make do with what you have at home. However, before we can jump into the remedies, let’s first try to identify the type of pain and its cause.
Sharp Vs. Dull Pain
Often, people will suffer from two very different types of pain, namely sharp tooth pain and dull tooth pain. An oversimplified version of each type is that sharp pain can come suddenly, and dull pain is a small ache that grows gradually over time. But let’s go into a little more detail about both, to understand better the remedies they entail.
Sharp pain is a very common type of toothache that people experience and is most likely the one you have right now. Sharp pain or acute pain can occur almost suddenly, and its trigger can vary greatly. Sometimes the acute pain can trigger when you eat or when you speak, and sometimes you can just be relaxing when the ache kicks in.
Factors for why you experience such a tooth pain in the first place can be:
- A broken tooth
- Grinding or clenching while sleeping
- Your gums and teeth decaying
- Cold drinks or food
These are, of course, just a few of the problems that can be leading to sharp tooth pain. Now, this is not the type of pain that you would want to ignore. Sharp pains can grow into very serious infections if left unchecked, so be sure to visit a dentist as soon as possible.
Now dull pain, unlike sharp pain, is not spontaneous. It grows over some time and can only fluctuate in terms of pain. Dull pain is always a sign of a much larger problem, like damaged nerves or decaying teeth. But unlike the sharp toothaches that you experience, dull pain always has a specific trigger to them, which is often hot or cold food or drink.
Dull pain can start as a mild inconvenience and can grow into a major concern if left for a longer time. The pain can grow so significant, in fact, that it can wake you up in the middle of the night. So if you can feel a small pain increase gradually, you should contact your dentist immediately, as it can be a sign of a much larger infection.
Home Remedies for Your Tooth Ache
Now that we went over the types of different toothache and what they could mean, we can move onto home remedies. Here are a few home remedies that you can use in order to settle that pesky ache:
Chew Raw Ginger
Now, this may seem a little strange, but ginger is actually a very powerful antiseptic. So if you were to chew ginger, you would get all of its active ingredients like gingerols, shogaols, and gingerone. These powerful active ingredients help in reducing various types of bacteria in your mouth, especially those that are reacting with your teeth.
Reducing bacteria in your mouth can further reduce the risk of infection, and can greatly help with the pain. But if you don’t want to chew on raw ginger, you can always add some fresh ginger to your food. It can taste quite delicious, with a wide combination of foods.
Turmeric Powder or Paste
You may not have known this, but turmeric is one of the most medicinally packed spices in the world. While it does contain a slew of different active ingredients to help with different problems, the ingredients most relevant is Curcumin. This ingredient contains antibacterial, analgesic, and antiseptic properties. All of these characteristics can greatly reduce the risk of further infection and can stop bacteria from reacting with your sensitive teeth.
The best way to apply turmeric to the affected area is by making a paste of it and applying it to the area. You can create the paste by mixing a small amount of water with the turmeric, and by putting it on a cotton ball, you can easily apply it to the affected area.
Some of you may know of the amazing soothing effects that cucumber has on the body. It is often the reason why you would see people applying cucumbers to their puffy eyes. But room temperature cucumbers can also prove to be very effective in soothing a toothache. Cucumbers have hemostatic properties that can allow them to keep blood inside your blood vessels.
The thing to remember here with cucumbers is that they should be at room temperature. If the cucumber is cold, you will have to leave it out in order to get it to room temperature. Only then can you cut a slice and leave it to rest in the affected area.
Using Salt Water Rinse
Using salt is also a great way to sanitize your mouth, especially if you can use a saltwater rinse. The saline mix will act as an antiseptic, which means that it will stop bacteria from growing any further. It is important that as long as your mouth hurts, you should keep it clean.
Not only will rinses of saltwater help to keep the bacteria away, but they can also help in reducing the toothache. You can also create a sea salt paste with cucumber to soothe the pain.
Clove oil is a very popular remedy for toothaches, used by various people for thousands of years. They can greatly reduce the pain in your tooth and can stop bacteria from growing any further. Now cloves tend to go great with food, but if you don’t use cloves in your cooking, you can always chew them. A strong chemical present in cloves is eugenol, which acts as an antiseptic, as well as anesthetic.
Although it may seem counter-productive to expose your sore mouth to something hot and spicy, it can surprisingly work. These peppers contain capsaicin, which is able to soothe your toothache. It is essentially an anti-inflammatory and can greatly help in reducing swelling. You can add them to your food, or just bite the bullet and eat one whole. It may be hot, but it can really help with the pain.
Peppermint is a common ingredient that you can often find in a variety of dental care products. Why? Well, they are an excellent source of menthol, which is an incredible anti-bacterial agent. Menthol has the added benefit of providing you with a cool feeling in your mouth that can also help reduce pain. Besides, peppermint can also give you a nice fresh breath.
Garlic, more commonly used in cooking, can actually make for a great toothache remedy. Now, unfortunately, you can’t just eat food that has garlic in it in the hope that it will help with your toothache. You will have to eat it raw. Once crushed, garlic tends to leave allicin, which is an amazing anti-bacterial agent. But if you don’t want to go through chewing raw garlic, you can rinse your mouth with some garlic water; just don’t follow up with peppermint.
Thyme is a great addition to any dish, and it is one of the best ingredients to apply to your toothache. Thyme contains Thymol – an antiseptic that can prevent the growth of bacteria. It can reduce the bacteria in your mouth that is actively reacting to the sore tooth. You can use thyme oil or make some nice tea with thyme leaves. You can also chew them raw, which is the most beneficial.
Did you know that onions are some of the best antiseptic vegetables available? This means that they can make for incredible soothing agents, and have great antibacterial properties. So raw onions are capable of reducing the pain in your teeth, and it can also reduce the bacteria in your mouth. But you will have to chew on it raw, which can be a little uncomfortable.
Use Vitamin K2 Rich Oil
Now while this may seem like an oddly specific home remedy, the truth is Vitamin K2 already plays a major role in your dental health. There are certain proteins inside your dental tulip that are powered by Vitamin K2. So by consuming more Vitamin K2, you can actually fight off toothaches naturally.
Apply an ice pack
In the end, one of the best home remedies for your swollen cheeks is a good ice pack. It is possible the infection inside your tooth will lead to swelling, which can easily be solved with the chilling effect of an ice pack. Of course, swelling is a sign of something wrong, so it is best to visit your dentist and consult with them as soon as possible.
Toothaches can be an awful experience, so it is best to keep those aches at bay using some of these home remedies. But you should remember that these remedies are only temporary, and you will have to book an appointment with your dentist for long-term treatment.
You should also consult a professional when using some of these remedies to see if you are allergic to any of them. Moreover, you should not consume more than one remedy at the same time, as it can lead to some unwanted effects.