One of the most painful, uncomfortable and “in your face” experiences is a tooth ache. From the somewhat mild sensitivity that comes with the ice cold beverage to the throbbing pain that explodes when a nerve is exposed; pain in the mouth is hard to ignore. Pain in the human body is primarily a feedback system that lets the organism know something is wrong. When taken as a warning that something is too hot, or too cold, or that a part of the body is injured or deteriorated and in need of repair, pain can be helpful.
CALL YOUR DENTIST
The first and best response to this instructive feedback is to call the dentist. Teeth should not hurt and when they do it means you need professional attention. Still most of the time it will take a day or two to get into the chair, so what are some measures you can try in the interim? Simply avoiding the immediate triggers like hot or cold beverage or sugary or hard to chew foods can really help. “Doctor it hurts when I do this” Then don’t do this!
Often the pain is almost constant and not related to eating or drinking plus not taking fluids for an extended period of time is not an option. There are some popular natural and over the counter remedies that can help in a pinch while you wait for your dentist visit.
Clove oil or the clove it’s self can be placed directly on the tooth or gum. Readily available in the spice isle of your local grocery, clove is reputed to have both antibiotic and analgesic qualities. A drop or two of the oil may help fight an infection and does temporarily lessen the pain, however be careful using too much clove oil could do harm.
Another handy remedy may to place garlic directly on the area that is painful. Crush a clove of garlic and place it directly on the affected area this releases and anti bacterial component of garlic called allicin, and it should fight the infection as well as reduce pain. You also might try chewing raw onion or placing raw onion on your tooth. Chew the onion for about 3 minutes or if that’s too painful just hold the raw onion against the tooth for the same amount of time.
Wheat grass juice is also a natural antibiotic. Swishing the juice in your mouth may help to draw out toxins and lower the pain in your gums. In tropical cultures guava leaves have been used for centuries to treat mouth pain. You can chew the leaves or make a tea out of it. Around here however it may be easier to get spinach leaves which serve the same purpose. Simply chew the raw spinach leaves or place a paste made of crushed spinach against the aching tooth.
Gargling with salt water can also help a tooth ache or sore throat. And paste made of salt and pepper with a few drops of water placed directly on the affected tooth can help in only a few minutes. Another item in your kitchen pantry is Vanilla extract. A few drops on a cotton swab placed directly on the tooth for several minutes may sooth the area. And don’t forget taking the recommended dose of aspirin, Tylenol or another over the counter pain reliever.
All of these methods can provide some temporary pain relief but none are a substitute and for getting to the dentist as soon as practical. So if you’re feeling tooth pain make an appointment with your dentist and then grab the clove oil.