Toothache is perhaps one of the most annoying dental conditions most of us endure at times. However, there are a plethora of natural alternatives that you may find handy to ease the onset of toothaches.
When it comes to toothaches, dental conditions may serve as the underlying cause of the sometimes-debilitating pain that many individuals suffer. Gum infections, decaying/cracked/exposed/abscessed tooth, and even old or damaged fillings can cause toothaches that may range from mild to severe.
In some cases, a simple toothache may be a sign of a more serious problem that needs immediate medical attention. Infections on either side of the ears, as well as sinusitis, are just some of the conditions that can trigger the pain receptors near the gums.
Sometimes, a simple toothache may just be temporary, or it can be severe and recurring. It is important to note that professional medical attention should be at the top of your list when it comes to the treatment of many of these dental conditions.
While scheduling a visit to the doctor, you can resort to natural remedies to alleviate the discomfort caused by the dental condition.
Here's a roundup of some of the most common remedies:
The low temperatures of ice actually cause numbness on the area where it is applied. However, direct application on the affected or infected tooth may aggravate the infection. Instead, wrap crushed ice in a piece of cloth and apply it gently on the area of your cheeks nearest to the affected tooth.
A mixture of 2-3 teaspoons of this common household condiment and a glass of water (preferably warm) can serve as a good mouthwash and it can lessen the level of pain on the affected area.
Eugenol, a compound naturally found in clove oil, is widely known for its natural antiseptic properties. In fact, many dental practitioners apply the extracts on the affected area when conducting root canal procedures and placing temporary fillings.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic has also been known to help reduce the painful sensation in tooth decays and gum infection.
Application of this spice may initially cause a rapid increase in the level of pain, but the effect will eventually be reversed.
One teaspoon or a bag of dried chamomile tea is all it takes to alleviate mild to moderate toothache. Dip any absorbent cloth, preferably cotton, into the chamomile tea. Wring the cloth thoroughly and gently apply on the cheeks near the affected tooth. As for sage tea, sip a mouthful of this tea, and then wait for about 30 seconds before swallowing.
These natural remedies may seem promising. However, a doctor's recommendation should always be paramount in case you happen to be in doubt about the efficacy of these remedies.