When you’ve got a toothache the urge to reach for an over-the-counter painkiller is not always the best choice. Sometimes you just want to take a break from all those chemicals and see what Nature has to offer. So, what can you use? In today’s article we will discuss apple cider vinegar and other remedies that you can use for a toothache. Without further ado, let’s talk about natural and household remedies!
Does apple cider vinegar really work for a toothache?
Apple cider vinegar is good for a number of things. Just a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is said to encourage mucus production, which can clear out your sinuses if you are feeling sniffly, for instance, which is perfect for a sinus toothache. As far as for just a basic toothache, the acetic acid content of apple cider vinegar is the sworn foe of bacteria. In order to take advantage of this quality, mix about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per cup of water and you have an effective rinse. Use it 2 – 3 times a day, gargling for 30 seconds for best results.
Are there stronger remedies for toothache that I can use at home?
There are a few different options when it comes to home remedies. You can make pastes with a few household ingredients, for instance, that you likely have in your spice rack. There are also a number of oils that can be put to good use if you know which ones to use and some of your favorite teas can be utilized as well. Let’s start with the pastes and we’ll go from there.
Homemade pastes for tooth and gum ache
- Turmeric paste – Turmeric is a natural analgesic and possesses anti-inflammatory properties which you can use to your advantage. Mix half a teaspoon of water with 1 teaspoon of Turmeric placed in a cup (you can use your finger if it’s clean or simply double the recipe and use your spoon). Put a little on your finger and rub it on your gums in the affected area.
- Garlic clove paste – Garlic is good for your immune system and has natural painkilling and antibacterial properties. To use it, place a garlic clove on a small piece of foil, adding a few drops of vegetable oil or the oil of your choice. Wrap it up and bake it on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes until it softens. Mash it into a paste and apply to the gums in the affected area.
What can I do for my toothache with natural oils?
Natural oils are a great way to take it up a notch when it comes to natural cures. A few drops mixed in water can make a painkilling mouth-rinse or you can put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it between teeth and gum. So, what are the best oils to use? Give a few of these a try and see!
- Mint oils – Peppermint oil is a great painkiller that freshens your breath in the process. It also has antibacterial properties that can help to clean up the source of your toothache. To use it, place 3 drops of oil on a q-tip cotton swab or mix it with 2 tablespoons of water and rinse for 30 seconds. You’ll feel fresher and the throbbing pain should ease up a little.
- Clove oil – This one is a heavy hitter but the taste is very strong so it takes some getting used to. Just 3-5 drops on a cotton ball placed between tooth and gum will numb the area lightly, double the drops if needed. You can also bite down in the cotton ball if you like, but let it sit in place for at least 2-3 minutes for best results.
” Vanilla extract has antioxidants and the alcohol content of 35 percent”
- Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract has antioxidants and the alcohol content of 35 percent also makes this a great toothache remedy in a pinch. To use, lightly soak a cotton ball and place between teeth and gums in the affected area for a period of 3 – 5 minutes. Don’t use this one more than a time or two, of course. The goal is helping your toothache, not getting you tipsy!
So, what about the tea remedies that you mentioned?
Teas can definitely help when it comes to tooth or gum pain. Many of your favorites have antibacterial and even anti-inflammatory properties, you just need to know which ones to use. Here are some great examples:
- Chamomile tea – Chamomile tea tastes great but did you know that you can place the teabag between tooth and gum for about 5 minutes to help with pain and swelling? The tea has antibacterial properties that can help and the Chamomile will also help if you are heaving trouble sleeping due to your toothache.
- Green tea – Green tea is another antibacterial tea that you can use. Place the teabag between tooth and gum for 5 minutes, as with the Chamomile, and let the tannins in the tea do their work. This is a good choice if you don’t want to feel sleepy but still want to use a tea for the swelling.
Some closing words
In this article we’ve talked about home remedies that you can utilize in order to help your toothache while avoiding pharmaceutical solutions. Keep in mind that over-the-counter medicine is going to be more effective in some cases, so you will need to try a few of these cures for yourself to see what is going to be the best fit. Don’t forget as well that a toothache is a symptom that means you should see the dentist. These tips should serve to soothe the pain until you can get to your appointment and get that tooth fixed!