Tooth pain or toothache can cause severe pain and interfere with one’s daily activities. It is often a result of tooth decay or a cavity. The first sign of decay is the sensation one feels while eating or drinking something cold or hot. While the causes of a toothache may vary from person to person, here are some common factors that can lead to dental pain.
– Accumulation of food particles between the teeth – Infection in gums or the root of tooth – Tooth eruption: For an example of the wisdom teeth – Sinus infection may also lead to tooth pain – Accumulation of pus around the tooth root – Gum disease – Bleeding gums – Bone loss around teeth – Grinding teeth (bruxism)
While we are discussing the toothache problem, it is important to understand what are cavities. Cavities generally occur when harmful bacteria produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and also the dentin. Toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, and pain while chewing are some of the symptoms of the cavity.
Toothache home remedies
Applying a cold compress helps in tackling a toothache. Wrap an ice pack in a cloth and place it on your face for some time to get relief from the pain.
Sesame seed paste/sesame Oil:
It is known for easing the pain. Sesame has antibacterial properties and works against oral pathogens. Apply sesame paste or oil on the affected area.
Green Tea mouthwash
Green tea has many good health benefits as it possesses a wide range of nutrients and antioxidants. Besides being helpful in weight loss and brain function, green tea can effectively ease pain. Green tea possesses catechins which are antibacterial in nature. These help in fighting oral pathogens responsible for tooth cavities.
Take a cup of warm water and add a teaspoon of salt into it. Now, swish this solution for a minute or two and spit it out.
Sage and saltwater
Sage contains carnosol, ursolic acid and oleanolic acid. Take a teaspoon of crushed dried sage and the same amount of salt and mix it to a cup of warm water. Swish this solution in your mouth for 2-3 minutes.
Clove oil contains eugenol, considered to be a natural anaesthetic. Besides temporarily reducing the toot pain, clove oil can also be helpful to treat swelling gums. Take some cotton and dip it into the clove oil solution. Now, apply the cotton on the affected area.
Guava leaf paste
Guava leaves are loaded with analgesic properties and act against oral pathogens. Boil a few leaves of guava and make a paste of it. Apply it to the affected area to get relief from toothache.
In the case pain from an erupting wisdom tooth, oils of myrrh, wintergreen, or peppermint, which possess pain-relieving properties, can be applied on the affected area. Chilled vegetables like cucumber, potato and cabbage are helpful for immediate relief. Slice a small piece of any of the mentioned vegetables and place it over your aching tooth for temporary relief.