Toothache Relief from the Kitchen

Because toothache can be uncomfortable, unbearable and at times, excruciating, finding relief and cure for it is always the imperative. A toothache develops because of an underlying problem in the oral region. The teeth may be seriously decayed or there could be an infection. The nerves of the teeth are probably inflamed, which is what’s causing the pain.

Fortunately, there are ways to relieve this and some remedies are easily available for cheap, in the comforts of kitchen.

Barring a visit from the dentist or budget constraints, you can use the following toothache remedies to temporarily get rid of the pain and the swelling:

  1. Cold compress. Put ice cubes in a soft cloth or a cooling pad and then press this against the side of the cheeks where the toothache is. This will help numb the area and make the pain go away for a few hours. Ice melts, however, so you must prepare a lot of this.
  2. Salt and water remedy. This is a method that has been passed on from generation to generation and it’s probably safe to say that its healing powers are legendary. Salt and water remedy is also used for treating sore throat and other conditions of the mouth. It’s said to have anti-bacterial components that work for pain well. In a cup of war water, add a teaspoon of salt. Use this to gargle your mouth with or swish it all around inside, concentrating on the area where the pain is. Do this every hour, until you feel there is no more discomfort.
  3. Onion or Garlic. Slice some onions in really small pieces and simply put this, little by little, in the affected tooth. This will help kill the germs that bring the pain. The only drawback to using this method is that some people may not be able to endure the smell of the onions. You can also use garlic cloves instead of onion, but the concerns for it are just the same. Garlic has strong antibacterial properties that come with an equally strong smell.
  4. Vanilla extract. If the smell of onions and garlic turn you off, you can perhaps try using vanilla extract, which smells wonderfully better. Using a cotton bud, dip this onto the extracts and then dab on the affected area. The alcohol that is found in the extract has Eugenol, the same component found in garlic. Eugenol has an analgesic effect and even dentists use this for some of their treatments.
  5. Tea bags. Heat a bag of tea and then put this against the cheeks, similar to a hot compress. This will provide a soothing effect and will also reduce the swelling of the nerves. Any type of tea will do.

Remember that these kitchen remedies are only temporary and would be good to use for four hours at most. A visit to the dental clinic is still very important.

Dealing with pain and other tooth problems when you’re wearing braces is twice as difficult. It is, however, manageable and curable. You can read tips on how to manage pain and find the best treatment for it at

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