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Home Remedies for a Toothache

June 18, 2010

Home Remedies for a Toothache

A toothache will be the most excruciating pain you will have to endure in your life. It can be caused by many things:
– Eating too many sugary foods
– Tooth decay
– Cavities
– Cracked teeth
And more.

A toothache can pop up at any time unexpectedly. For those that can’t wait or stand the horrid pain until they see the dentist to get help with their troublesome tooth there are some temporary fixes.

Garlic Cloves 

 Garlic is a recommended ingredient for toothache pain relief. It can be found in the kitchen, maybe on your spice rack. The way to use garlic for pain relief is to chew a clove or two on the tooth. This for some may be painful so another thing you can do is use clove oil. To use this all you have to do mix 3 drops of it with a little bit of olive oil. With this mixture get a cotton ball and soak it and rub it against your tooth or just hold it there for a while if movement hurts. 5 – 10 minutes you should start feeling better.

Garlic is good for the teeth and during and even after your toothache you should chew at least one clove a day (morning) as it will help you build up strong teeth and reduce the likeliness of getting another toothache.

Vanilla Extract

This is a method that you should use on children as they will find it much more appealing than garlic. The way to take this is just like with the clove oil; dip some cotton wool into the vanilla extract and let it soak up, then put it onto the affected tooth for a few minutes and you (or your child) should start feeling pain relief after a couple of minutes. For adults who prefer not to use vanilla extract there are many other varieties you can use. Some favourites with many people is using alcohol instead of the vanilla extract (whiskey or brandy not beer). This is applied the same way as vanilla extract and works just as well. It is advised that you don’t use alcohol for your children if you can help it.

Salt

Even though it is one of the worst tasting way to reduce pain of a toothache, salt is one of the favourite home remedies for a toothache. Salt is very effective as it works well with bacteria. Salt can be used on gum infections and sores in the mouth and it is also a great toothache pain reliever. The method to using salt is very simple all you need to do is dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a small glass of water (room temperature if possible). The next step is to take a small bit and instead of swallowing it whirl it around your mouth , in and out the teeth, from side to side etc… After you have finished don’t swallow! Spit it out and repeat with more water.

Once finished you should fell less pain in your mouth. Even if the pain seems to be gone, keep repeating this process after meals to keep the pain from cropping back up on you unexpectedly from the bacteria in your food.

Pepper

A mixture of a pinch of pepper powder and a quarter teaspoon of common salt is an excellent dentrifice. Its daily use prevents dental cavities, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums, and toothaches. It cures the increased sensitiveness of the teeth. A pinch of pepper powder mixed with clove oil can be put on the cavities to alleviate the toothache.

Asafoetida

The use of asafoetida has been found useful in curing toothache. It should be pestled in lemon Juice and slightly heated. A cotton swab should be soaked in this lotion and placed in the cavity of the tooth. It will relieve pain quickly.

Toothache Relief diet

Proper diet

Diet plays a vital role in dental health. The condition of the teeth after they are formed depends upon the foods one eats from day to day. Dental decay, the destruction of the bone around the teeth, and infection of the gums can be prevented with an appropriate diet. In fact, with a proper diet, the teeth and jaw bones can be made harder and healthier as the years go by.

Restrict sugar intake, include raw vegetables in diet

It is important to restrict one’s sugar intake, and to ensure that the diet includes plenty of raw vegetables and wholewheat bread. Whole foods are ideal for the teeth. Fibreless refined foods allow particles to accumulate on the teeth in a sticky mass where they can do great harm. The gums need friction to keep them firm and whole foods also help remove plaque. They are therefore called ‘detergent foods’ by some dentists. In preventing tooth decay, what one eats is no doubt important but equally important is when one eats

Avoid frequent small snacks and sugar intake

Frequent small snacks are very harmful to teeth, as they produce an acid medium in which the bacteria thrive. The number of times one eats sugar is one of the most important factors in determining the rate of decay. For this reason, it is better to eat sweets at the end of a meal rather than between meals.

You need to remember that these are just pain relievers, they do not stop toothaches completely they are just temporary fixes. If you want to get rid of your toothache you would need to see your dentist, until then use these home remedies for a toothache.

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