Also called as Odontalgia, a toothache is caused either by an infection that affects the fibers holding the tooth firmly in the socket, or by a cavity that exposes and affects the nerve endings of the tooth. Whatever be the reason, a toothache can be a troublesome issue with incessant bouts of pain causing issues like headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness and even fever etc.
So if you are complaining about a toothache that seems to have stemmed from an infection, here are some effective remedies that would help you reduce the pain and take care of the infection that started it in the first place as well.
Ways to Soothe a Toothache and Infection
Known for its antiseptic properties, Clove can help take care of incessant toothaches and infections quickly and effectively. Accordingly, you can start by applying a few drops of clove oil over the infected tooth. Apply some clove oil onto the gums surrounding the infected tooth with the help of a piece of cotton to reduce inflammation and pain.
You would most probably experience a burning sensation in the area where you applied the oil, following which the infected area would become numb and impervious to pain. This action would give you monetary relief (for a few hours) until you can get the issue checked out by the dentist.If you can’t seem to get clove oil, get some fresh clove from the grocery store. Mash it up nicely and squeeze it to extract the juice. Apply this juice over the infected area using a cotton swab to reduce tooth infection and pain.
If you can’t get hold of clove, opt for garlic instead. Get a piece of raw ginger and peel it. Place the ginger over the infected area in your mouth. You can also opt to roll the piece of ginger over some salt before placing it in your mouth. In addition to reducing tooth pain, the salt would increase blood circulation to the tooth, thereby reducing the infection to a great extent.
Rinse your mouth with a good quality mouthwash like Listerine that would reduce bacterial buildup in the area surrounding the affected tooth, thereby reducing infection and the pain that comes with it. You can also opt for natural mouth washes like wheat juice which produces the same effect as Listerine.
A glass of wheat juice can act as a very effective mouthwash and all you need to do is swish it around your mouth for about a minute before spitting it out. This natural mouthwash would effectively act against the toxins that cause the infection and reduce the pain and swelling attached with it.
Another effective natural mouthwash is a solution of blackseed oil and vinegar (1 teaspoon: ½ cup ratio). Boil the solution nicely and cool it until it becomes lukewarm. Rinse your mouth with the solution at least thrice a day to reduce infection and inflammation (and pain). A solution of baking soda and lukewarm water would also work in this case.Salt water would also act as an effective rinsing agent if you can’t seem to follow any of the above mentioned remedies. Pour some concentrated salt solution in your mouth and swish it around for a minute before spitting it out.
Ice or Cold Packs
Although it won’t help with the infection, an ice pack can help you handle the tooth pain while you search for alternatives to tackle the infection. Place some ice cubes on the skin over the affected area.
If you can’t get ice, you can always opt for alternatives like cold water bottles, frozen vegetables or food containers. Cover water bottles and containers with a washcloth before placing them on the skin. You can also use a cold wash cloth as a compress against the skin over the infected area.
This remedy would work only if you consume alcoholic beverages regularly or occasionally. Pour a glass of alcohol or any other similar beverage like Whiskey, vodka, Scotch, or gin etc. into your mouth.
Keep swishing the drink inside your mouth for 10 seconds or so before holding it directly on the infected area. Keep the drink in your mouth for as long as possible (until you can tolerate the pain no more i.e.) and then spit it out. Refrain from swallowing the drink as it would have turned sour by now.This method would to an extent relieve pain and make the infected area numb so that you would get a bit of lee way in searching for an alternate plan to reduce infection and pain.
A homemade remedy that eases tooth pain and reduces infection and inflammation, the cracker paste method involves putting a couple of salty crackers into your mouth and chewing on them until they become mushy and paste like. Remove the paste from the mouth (i know it sounds icky but the results are worth it) and roll it into a small ball. Now place the cracker paste on top of the infected/broken tooth to reduce the swelling and pain.
Medications that Help
If none of the above mentioned remedies seem to work and if your tooth still pains, opt for medicated painkillers which can be prescribed by your dentist or can be bought at medical stores (consult with a dentist first though). On the other hand, a painkiller would be able to keep the pain at bay until you decide on a permanent solution to the problem.
Calling the Dentist
Even though a dentist is your last resort to fixing a problem that could not be rectified by other remedies, you need to call/visit him/her if the pain intensifies or the gums start bleeding/secreting pus. A dentist would be able to look into the issue and find out the exact reason behind the infection and pain before prescribing an appropriate treatment plan for the individual in question.
Keep all these factors in mind when dealing with tooth infections. But remember, a doctor’s advise would always be considered best above all other remedies. So before trying out these remedies, get the tooth checked out by a doctor and rule out other complications beforehand. This way, you won’t need to face any side effects when trying these tips.