A toothache or tooth pain is a pain in or around the tooth and jaws. In other words, it is a pain caused when the nerves in the root of a tooth or surrounding a tooth are irritated.
It occurs from the inflammation of the central portion of the tooth pulp. These pulps in the teeth contain nerve endings which are very sensitive to pains. The inflammation attacking the pulp may be caused by trauma, dental cavities, and/or infection. It doesn’t take long for a tooth pain to be annoying. The ache in the tooth quickly moves to your jaw and head, making you have debilitating aches all over the body. By then, you may feel the entire body is channeled into the tooth. If the pain lasts for more than 2 days, you are strictly advised to see a dentist.
In this article, I will share with you some home remedies for the treatment of tooth pain.
This is one of the most powerful home remedies which has been proven centuries before now to help fight the bacteria which present the pain. It contains allicin, a chemical compound which is anti-inflammatory in nature. This chemical compound does the work perfectly. So if you are having that debilitating tooth pain, cloves of garlic will help fight the inflammation.
- Cold Compress or Ice Pack
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, using an ice pack is recommended if it is particularly caused by any type of trauma. When ice pack is introduced on the same side of the body as your sore tooth, the blood vessels will constrict. The introduction of ice pack helps numb the pain and inflammation. Why? Because, according to researchers, the introduction of ice pack helps stop the pain signals to the brain of the person.
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are recommended for those who want to get rid of that nasty pain. Adults can use over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen. However, if they desire to take aspirin, they shouldn’t put it right on the tooth or the gum; it’s recommended that they swallow it as it reacts violently with the tooth. Also, aspirin shouldn’t be given to children under 16 years of age, acetaminophen (paracetamol) is recommended for them.
- Guava leaves
Another powerful treatment for tooth pain is guava leaves. They have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which help fight against the infection and aid in absolute oral care. You can chew the leaves as the juice will work into the sore tooth region and relieve the pain. Also, you can boil the leaves in water and add salt to the guava solution to use it as a mouthwash.
- Warm Saltwater
Warm water is free from bacteria. This warm water, when salt is added, does wonderful work in the relief of tooth pain. A mixture of common salt in a glass of warm (not hot) water to rinse your mouth thoroughly will help reduce the swelling and inflammation. It will also help fight the infection-causing bacteria.
Thyme has been proven to be extremely effective in fighting bacteria that cause tooth pain. The active chemicals present, thymol and carvacrol, are potent antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal agents which help get rid of the infection.
- Peppermint leaves or Oil
Peppermint leaf or oil is composed primarily of menthol and menthone which are anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in nature. Using a peppermint leaf or oil can help to numb the pains and soothe sensitive gums.
Because of its antiseptic properties found in its root, yarrow is an excellent fighting agent of bacteria that have settled in your tooth.
N.B: As earlier noted, you ought to see a dentist should the problem persist; these home remedies are just temporary treatments.