The common cause of toothaches
Before you jump to our home remedies for toothaches, read all the important topics above. This will help you understand a little more about this problem.
The most common cause of toothaches is tooth decay. This is from not brushing regularly or using floss often enough. An improper diet can also lead to the decay of teeth due to a calcium deficiency. Eating too much sugar or hard-to-chew candies will break down teeth as well. Tooth decay is also hereditary, which means it can be passed down from your parents. Below is just a short list of the most common cause of toothaches:
- Cavities or tooth decay
- Drug Abuse
- Dental Injury*
- Dry Socket
- Heart Attack*
- Sinus Infection
- Something foreign in the gums
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome*
- Wisdom Teeth
*If the pain in your tooth was caused by any of these symptoms and you haven’t seen a doctor, please go to the emergency room. You could be at risk for a much larger complication.
Symptoms of a toothache
Tooth pain is often described in many different ways. Some patients say the pain is sharp while others claim the pain is dull. The cause of your toothache will impact the way you feel the symptoms and even which symptoms you get. It’s important to know the cause of any tooth pain, as you’ll see. Toothaches aren’t always a sign something is just wrong with your teeth. Below is a just a few of the symptoms you might notice in yourself or your child:
Tooth pain (dull and aching, sharp and stabbing)
- Pain when pressure is applied
- Pain when chewing
- Trouble when chewing
- Swelling around the jaw
- Swelling around the affected tooth
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in mouth
- Excessive grinding
Not all of these symptoms require a trip to the emergency room. Most of them can be treated with a variety of natural home remedies.
Natural home remedies that are effective
1. Clove oil
Clove oil is primarily used to numb out the pain of a toothache. But it can be tricky to use! It can sting if it comes into contact with sensitive gums. No one wants that added pain when they have a toothache. The solution to this is applying clove oil to a cotton ball and holding the ball against the affected area.
2. Ginger-cayenne paste
If burning isn’t a problem for you, this paste is your solution. Mix equal parts of these spices together with water. Stir until you have a paste. Then apply the paste to a cotton ball and hold it against your tooth until the pain goes away. Or until you can’t handle the burning anymore. Whichever comes first.
3. Salt water
The least threatening home remedy for toothaches is swishing with salt water. It doesn’t taste very good, but it doesn’t hurt either. The salt burns out some of the bacteria, leaving your mouth feeling fresh. This method doesn’t work for as long, but it’s safe to repeat several times a day until the pain goes away.
A nice cup of warm tea is a great way to soothe tooth pain. Avoid adding sugar or a sugary coffee creamer. You want a nice flat tea with a bit of flavor. Peppermint tea is the most highly recommended because peppermint has numbing properties. While soothing the gums with the hot liquid, the peppermint will chase the pain away.
It sounds crazy, but it actually works like a charm! Acupuncture can completely relieve you of any toothaches. Unfortunately, this isn’t safe for those who are pregnant. Pregnant ladies may want to refer to the list above instead. Now, you don’t have to rush out and get acupuncture. Here’s a little exercise that will lessen your pain right now:
- Take your thumb
- Press into the point where your index finger and thumb meet on your other hand
- Apply pressure to the area
- Hold for 2 minutes