Everyone who has ever had a toothache knows just how painful it can be. The pain can extend further from the affected tooth and involve the whole law or even the whole head. Painkillers can help with sore teeth, but they are not always recommended as they can be harsh for the stomach or the liver. There are remedies suitable for sore teeth that are natural and harmless, and still quite effective.
A tooth can be sore for different reasons, but the most common cause s inflammation or infection from tooth decay. A food particle that is stuck near the tooth can press the nerve and cause pain too. Other reasons may include gum disease, temporomandibular joint disorder, jaw during sleep, injury and more. When a tooth is sore, it is usually also sensitive to heat, cold and pressure.
Saline solution for sore tooth
Saline solution is basically table salt diluted in water. Salt water is very effective against bacteria, therefore it is recommended for curing toothache caused by infection. This remedy is very effective for sore throat too, and the principle behind it is simple. Salt pulls out the water from the bacteria and other pathogens, and as a result, they die.
There are two concentrations of saline solution- isotonic and hypertonic.
Isotonic saline solution is perfect for milder toothache and for cases where infection is still new and rather small. The recipe for isotonic saline solution requires 500 milliliters of water, tap or distilled, and one tablespoon each of table salt and baking soda. The salt and the soda are added to the water and stirred well until they dissolve completely. This mixture is used for gargling several times a day.
Hypertonic saline solution is more concentrated and it is suitable for severe toothache. It combines 500 milliliters of water and two tablespoons each of salt and baking soda.
Salt water is generally recommended for gargling after each meal even if there are no tooth problems. It destroys leftover bacteria from the food and prevents tooth decay and oral infections.
Other toothache remedies
One of the simplest ways to get rid of a toothache is to rub some ice to the affected area for three or four minutes. The ice will numb the area and reduce the pain.
Garlic is a remedy for many ailments, and toothache is one of them. One garlic clove with some rock salt placed on the aching tooth can be very helpful against the pain.
More pleasant remedy for toothache is vanilla extract, two or three drops of it applied topically on the affected tooth.
Ground wheat grass makes a good antiseptic and antibiotic extract which can be used for gargling.
Other great remedies include clove oil, asafoetida with lemon and pepper.