A toothache is an aching pain in or around a tooth that may be caused by a couple of different factors such as a cavity, tooth decay, a tooth fracture, a damaged filling, a trapped piece of food, an abscessed tooth, infected gums or even due to repetitive motions such as grinding teeth or chewing gum.
Toothaches can sometimes be quite painful, especially when accompanied by swelling.
Here are a few home remedies that you can use to reduce both the pain and swelling of a toothache.
Please keep in mind however that these remedies are for temporary pain relief. If pain persists, especially after a day or two it is important to visit a dentist.
Possible Causes of a Toothache,
* Trapped Food
* Infected Gums
* Tooth decay
* Abscessed tooth
* Tooth fracture
* A damaged filling
* Repetitive motions such as grinding teeth or chewing gum
Possible Symptoms of a Toothache,
* Tooth pain (could be throbbing, sharp, constant or only sensitive when touched)
* Swelling around the tooth
* Foul-tasting drainage from an infected tooth
* Fever or Heachache
* Sore jaw
* Pain when opening mouth widely
Home Remedies for a Toothache
* Use a Local Anesthetic or Topical Pain Reliever
Orajel, Baby Orajel and Anbesol are all topical pain relievers made specifically for tooth or mouth pain.
If you happen to have any of these handy at home, they are the first things you should try. It seems that Baby Orajel works just as well, if not better, than adult Orajel, so feel free to use this product if you happen to have it lying around.
* Take a Swish of Nyquil
It seems that all forms of Nyquil work well for tooth pain. This includes Nyquil Cough Syrup, Nyquil Cold and Flue, etc. Simply take a shot of whichever brand you have handy and swish it over the area that has pain. You can then either spit it out or swallow if you have a nighttime version that you want to help you to sleep despite your toothache.
* Clove Oil
Clove Oil is probably one of the most favored old fashioned remedies for toothaches. You can usually purchase clove oil at your local health store or online and keep it handy because it can work wonders for toothaches. Simply put some Clove oil on a piece of cotton or on a cotton swab and place directly on the tooth. Many old timers swear by this cure.
* Jack Daniels Whiskey or Wild Turkey
Here is another oldie but goodie. Take a shot of Jack Daniels Whiskey or Wild Turkey and swish it over the pained tooth for a minute – then spit it out. You can also dip a cotton swap in the whiskey and place it directly on the tooth or take the shot, swish, then swallow. This way you can hopefully numb yourself in more ways than one ☺. (This is obviously an adult-only remedy.)
* Listerine or Other Alcohol Based Mouthwash
While Listerine is probably the most popular brand, you can actually use any alcohol based mouthwash. Simply take a shot and swish it around over the painful area. This will usually help to numb the pain.
* Use Hand Reflexology
Reflexology can also help to relieve the pain of a toothache. Simply rub the palm of your hand, the back of your hand and between your thumb and index finger with an ice cube. This helps with pain as well.
* Use Foot Reflexology
There are also certain areas on your foot that will ease the pain of a toothache when you apply pressure. There are videos on you tube that can help you here or you can check out this site here.
* Ice It
Place ice in a towel, cloth or bag and place it on the outside of your face where the tooth pain is. This will usually travel through your cheek and help to numb the nerves inside your mouth.
* Rinse with Salt Water
This remedy will require a judgment call on your part. If your toothache is due to an exposed nerve this might not be the remedy for you because the salt might cause you more pain. If the nerve is not exposed, simply add one tablespoon of table salt to one cup of room temperature water (water that is either too cold or too hot might be too painful for tooth) then simply swish around the area for a minute before spitting it out. Do not swallow.
* Use a Slice of Onion
This is another easy to use remedy. Simply slice a piece of fresh onion and place it on the side of your mouth where the tooth ache is. Strangely enough, this will usually work almost immediately. If you choose, you can then leave the onion there and very slightly bite into it (just enough to let some juice escape) anytime you feel the pain try to return.
* Try Using a Tea Bag
Tea bags work well for many home remedies and soothing a toothache is one of them. Simply place a teabag in a cup of warm water and let it sit for a minute or two. Then wring it out gently and place the teabag on the tooth. While it might not be the best tasting, it will numb the pain.
* Take an Anti inflammatory or Ibuprofen
Regardless of whatever toothache remedy you decide to use, you will probably also want to add an over-the-counter painkiller. Advil, Motrin and Nuprin seem to work the best when it comes to toothache pain.
* Leave it Alone
While it is probably tempting to keep checking to see how much the tooth still hurts, do your best not to antagonize it and leave it alone after you have treated it with one of the remedies listed above.
When to See a Dentist About a Toothache,
While quite often a toothache or tooth pain will go away on its own, it is important for you to see a dentist if you are experiencing any of the following toothache symptoms:
* Your toothache is severe
* You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
* You also have an earache, fever, or pain when opening your mouth wide
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*While this site is dedicated to Home Remedies, there might be a rare occasion where you might need a little help from an outside source. The following are some other products or procedures that you can try if your situation is a little more severe and these home remedies aren’t quite doing the trick.