Do you approve of home remedies for tooth pain?
There’s no other kind of pain that could keep a person up all night like toothache. But while excruciating pain is already a signal for you to seek out professional dental help, there are a couple of things which you can try at home before calling up your dentist. And unlike old wives’ tales which only cause more harm than good, all of these home remedies are dentist approved.
Cough drops and lozenges. These first-aid staples contain anesthetics which can temporarily numb toothache. These anesthetics include benzocaine and menthol. Instead of gulping down any of the two, suck on these items so that the substance can seep its way from your gums and into the irritated nerves. Another thing which you have around the house that contains menthol is Vicks VapoRub. Apply this ointment on the side of your face which hurts and sleep on that side.
Green tea. This healthy drink contains tannin acid which helps to reduce swelling that comes with toothache. Save the hot tea bag and apply it directly on the offending tooth for relief.
Cucumber. The refreshing and cooling properties of cucumber do not only help to prevent eye bags; they also provide relief to nagging pains such as toothache.
Brandy. Since time immemorial, humans have been taking advantage of the numbing properties of alcohol. And while you do not have to drink the stuff to benefit from the pain relieving property, all you need to do is to soak a cotton ball with brandy and bite on it using the offending tooth.
Clove oil. This herb contains a chemical called eugenol which is responsible for the anesthetic and antibacterial properties that clove oil is known for. Mix together two drops of clove oil with a fourth teaspoon of olive oil. Soak the cotton ball with the solution and bite on the cotton using the tooth that hurts. Clove oil is one of the age-old dental remedies which even dentists swear by.
Hydrogen peroxide. Canker sores are ulcerations on your mouth which may be tiny but cause so much pain. While these sores go away on their own, applying a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to the area followed by a dot of Milk of Magnesia helps to ease the throbbing pain.
OTC anti-inflammatory medications. If you want to control swelling due to toothache or infections, you can always choose to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug. This will minimize the swelling and reddening until you can get to your dentist.
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