A toothache is just plain torture. Not only is it excruciating, but it takes over your life. And as much as we love natural remedies on this blog, it’s true that a home remedy for a toothache is really only a temporary measure when it’s Thanksgiving morning and your dentist won’t be available till Monday. But having said that any toothache treatment that will relieve the pain, if only temporarily, is welcome. Here are some long time ‘toothache cures’:
Home Remedy For A Toothache #1: Ice
Ice can eliminate all kinds of pain and swelling in the mouth, just as it can help strains or sprains. You can use either ice cubes that are wrapped in a towel or wash cloth or you can use frozen food. If you use food, smaller items like peas are more ‘bendable’ and therefore adaptable to a painful toothache. Hold the cold substance directly against the tooth area that hurts. Just remember that if the food thaws you should either eat it or throw it away – don’t refreeze it. That’s a major no-no.
Home Remedy For A Toothache #2: Salt
Warm salt water can work well for toothache, especially if there is some kind of bacteria or infection. Don’t believe it? Take a sore and go swimming in the ocean for a while and see what happens. Make sure the water is warm and VERY salty and swirl it around your mouth. You can repeat this frequently because it definitely helps your mouth in every possible way. You probably don’t want to swallow it, though.
Home Remedy For A Toothache #3: Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural oil from Australia that is very effective in killing bacteria and alleviating pain. You can mix it with water or put it directly or any painful or injured area. The direct approach is tougher to bear, but definitely more effective.
Home Remedy For A Toothache #4: Cloves
A favorite spice in my house is cloves. My kids love them in pumpkin pie and they’re great in an apple recipe, but they’re also famous as a natural remedy for toothache. Some older herbal books recommend chewing on whole cloves, but just the thought of that when I have a toothache gives me the shudders. Instead, go to a drugstore or discount store like WalMart and find some oil of cloves. Put a few drops of this oil on a cotton ball and hold it against your sore gum and tooth.
Home Remedy For A Toothache #5: Lower Your Head
Lowering your head will increase blood circulation to your mouth and tooth area and will help it to heal faster. Using this method alone probably won’t bring you a great deal of pain relief, but definitely use it in addition to the other natural remedies and you will lessen the misery of the darned tooth.
Home Remedy For A Toothache #6: Campho-Phonique
This is by far the most powerful method … it involves a substance called Campho-Phonique, which is available in any drugstore or pharmacy and is very cheap. I’ve used it all my life for painful areas. It is especially effective in the mouth since the mouth is hard to heal due to the constant dampness. Just put a couple of drops of Campho-Phonique on a cotton ball and be prepared for an effective cure for toothache. It won’t fix your tooth, of course, but it will eliminate the pain. Warning: it tastes pretty bad – but it certainly won’t hurt you. It’s up to you to decide which is worse: a short term bad taste or pain. Your call.
These natural remedies may be great toothache cures that work for you or depending on the severity of the toothache, they may not. However, we all hate pain and they’re definitely worth a try. Best wishes to all of us that we never, ever need them!!!
Update: I spent a weekend in hell with a toothache and found an even better pain reliever so read these two updates if you’re suffering:
* Tooth Pain & Oil Pulling: Day 2
* Tooth Pain & Oil Pulling: Day 5
And if you’re wondering … I never did go to the dentist! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go, just that I’m not planning on going anytime soon. Like, until the next Ice Age.