Toothache can get so bothersome that even when you’re not eating, you’d feel the throbbing pain of the nerves on your tooth, distracting you from the things you need to do. If you’re looking for a remedy, here are three quick and easy ways to relieve yourself from tootache.

  1. Cloves

The primary chemical compound of cloves is eugenol which is a natural anesthetic. This gives cloves a numbing effect on the nerves making it a great remedy for toothache. Aside from anesthetic, cloves also have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties that help fight infection while relieving tooth pain. Here’s a couple of ways to do it:

  • Put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and rub it directly on the sore tooth until the pain recedes. You can also mix a few drops of it in a half glass of water instead and use it as a mouth rinse. Take note that using clove oil directly on the affected area may cause more pain if it gets on the sensitive gum tissue or on the tongue.
  • Another method is to make a mixture of two whole cloves and vegetable or olive oil and then apply it on the aching tooth.
  • Alternatively, you can bite on a whole clove instead, just to release its oil, and keep it in place for 30 minutes or until the pain recedes.
  1. Salt

Salt has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that help clean the tooth and draw out some of the fluid that causes swelling thereby making it a great remedy for sensitive, aching tooth. There are two ways you can use salt to relieve your toothache:

  • Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of very warm water to make a great pain-relieving mouthwash. Swish it around for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. Repeat as often as needed.
  • Alternatively, you can make a paste out of equal amounts of salt and pepper with a few drops of water. Apply directly on the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Repeat daily for several days.
  1. Ice Cubes

Using ice cubes is a great quick fix for relieving toothache. The coldness not only alleviates tooth pain by numbing the nerve endings but it can reduce swelling as well. Here’s how to do it:

  • Wrap an ice cube in thin cloth and apply it on the aching tooth for 15 minutes or hold it on your cheek, over the aching tooth. Know that if you choose to apply it on the aching tooth and there are exposed nerves in the area, the contact with the cold could cause more pain.
  • Alternatively, an acupressure technique suggests that rubbing an ice cube in the fleshy area where your thumb meets your index finger would ease tooth pain.

Toothache always indicates a problem in your tooth or gums so even with pain-relieving remedies, it is still very advisable to pay your dentist a visit.

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