One of the most common problems we often face is toothache. The cavities in the mouth cause this toothache. Starchy or sugary food that we eat sometimes cling on to the teeth or gum and provide room for bacteria to thrive on and cause cavities in the teeth. Though cavities cause toothache in most of the cases, it might also happen that a piece of the food you ate caught between the teeth or a filling has become loose, providing room for the bacteria to thrive on.
Whatever may be reason or the cause for the toothache, the pain and the sore mood it causes might be agonizing. It also causes some mild swelling around your mouth or the cheeks. Apart from approaching your dentist to have the problem sorted out, some simple techniques can be tried out so that you get the relief from the toothache without resorting to dentist’s treatment.
If you have clove oil at home, apply a couple of drops of the oil on the bad tooth that is causing you the pain. The unique property of clove oil to kill bacteria as well as the numbing effect it causes on chewing makes it the ideal one for treating toothache. The oil, on application, might sting for a few moments, but you can feel some instant relief from toothache shortly. It has been discovered that clove oil, which was used for toothaches from ages when there is not much advancement in the medical technology, contains eugenol that acts as a local anesthetic and causes the numbing effect on application over the tooth.
If you do not have clove oil, you can try to have some whole cloves. Take a couple of cloves and chew them in your mouth. The whole cloves become softer after moistening in the mouth. You can then try to move the softened whole clove near the aching tooth and hold over there for half an hour. This will help you get relief from the toothache while providing a numbing effect.
One more thing that you can try to do to get relief from the pain is to gargle. Take a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of salt to it. Stir the mixture well and rinse the teeth for up to 30 seconds before spitting out the water. The salt water cleanses the area around the tooth and draws out some of the fluid that causes swelling.
You can also try out some simple technique such as applying an icepack on your cheek over the painful tooth to get relief. Take a small ice cube. Put it in a small plastic bag and wrap the bag with a thin cloth. Then apply this wrapped bag over the aching tooth for about 10-15 minutes, which will help in numbing the nerves and relieving you from pain.
You can also try out peppermint tea to get relief from toothache. Put one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and steep it for 20 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. Then swish it around your mouth and either you swallow the mixture or spit it out. This could also help you overcome the toothache.