Toothaches can be very painful – a pounding head, aching gums and a sore, tender mouth are among the symptoms – and it is essential that you see a dentist to get to the bottom of whatever is causing the ache. You could have an abscess, exposed nerves, or compacted teeth.
Until you see a dentist, though, here are 10 home remedies you can do to relieve the ache:
1) Salt-water rinse. WebMD recommends the best thing to do is gargle saltwater (half a teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of water).
2) Clove oil. This works in two ways; clove oil kills bacteria and has a numbing effect, according to Colgate. You can dab clove oil directly onto your bad tooth, or you can crush whole cloves until the oil releases and then hold the clove against your tooth.
3) Make your own spice paste. Reader’s Digest recommend mixing equal parts of ginger and cayenne pepper with water, making a paste. Using a cotton ball, hold the paste on your sore tooth for as long as you can stand it. This will hurt – try to avoid your gums and tongue – but both spices are known painkillers. The chemical capsaicin (from cayenne) is known to help block pain messages from reaching the brain.
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