Health and Beauty

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Home Remedies for a Toothache

Toothacheshappen even if you take loving care of your teeth. A toothache, especially a severe one, is no joke. It feels as if someone is poking youright there with something sharp and the discomfort it causes will prevent you from sleeping, eating and doing anything else. So it is time to reach out, find out whatever suitable ingredient is available close at hand and use it to reduce pain and suffering. You do not have to be a martyr.

The first things you must reach out for should be the most effective one. A simple solution is the salt solution made with warm water. Just keep swilling it around in your mouth at regular intervals and spill it out. You can try this or another which involves mixing turmeric powder in coconut oil and swilling it around in your mouth for ten minutes. Talking of swilling things around in your mouth, try dilute hydrogen peroxide solution to which you add a couple of drops of clove oil. A clove kept in your mouth soon brings relief. If you want relief then you can also try crushing garlic and applying the paste over the tooth that is proving to be a thorn in your mouth. Counter fire with fire and in this case you make a paste of garlic, ginger and red chillies. Chillis contain capsaicin that numbs pain. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and garlic kills bacteria. So there you are.

Take a few leaves of neem and chew them gently, letting the juice flow around. You can also chew on leaves of “Bakula” and Peepal to get relief. These two tree leaves contain compounds that work as astringents and numbing agents.

So you want to try something more exotic? Get tea tree oil. Wet a cotton swab with a few drops of tea tree oil and place it in your mouth over the tooth that is causing such a headache. You can just as well soak the swab in apple cider vinegar if it is there at hand. Cinnamon-honey mix is another remedy. Adding turmeric increases efficacy.

If you want to be down to earth in the choice of remedy, the humble potato is just as good at helping you. Dip a slice in salt and keep it in your mouth or chew it. Onion is another down to earth remedy. Just chewing it will help.

If none of these work, there is a deeper underlying problem like sinus or rot that will need a doctor’s attention.

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