A toothache is a very painful occurrence. From experience, you may be able to feel when it is beginning to set in and know that that mean another trip to the dentist. There are, however, some home remedies that may assist in eliminating the pain, if not completely, then enough to make it bearable until you can no longer avoid the dentist.
Toothache home remedies are usually passed down from generation to generation. They cover herbal and medicinal remedies to the just plain weird. One of the most common remedies for a toothache is clove oil. Clove oil can be bought in liquid form, or actual cloves may be used. You can either chew the clove over the infected tooth or rub clove oil into the gum.
Another home remedy is asafoetida, a plant used to make spices. Crush the asafoetida in lemon juice, then heat it up in a pan. Use a cotton wool bud to soak up the liquid and rub it over the infected area. Some say that the pain will immediately disappear with this method.
Onion slices rubbed onto the area where the toothache appears is also said to be a tried and tested home remedy. Chewing the onion slice for at least three minutes will kill all the germs that are present in the mouth. Another cure for toothache is garlic. Mixing the garlic clove with rock salt and applying it to the tooth should ease the pain. The best time to chew the garlic clove is in the morning just as you awaken, although the way your breath will smell for the rest of the day may not be worth the pain relief.
Another spice that may help with the toothache is pepper. Mix some black pepper with a little salt in a teaspoon. It is best to mix this liquid with a little clove oil as well. This mixture also alleviates sensitive teeth problems and helps prevent other cavities if taken daily.
Wheat grass is also said to eliminate toothache. When chewed, wheat grass draws out impurities and toxins in the gums. Making a paste from bay berry bark also helps alleviate toothache. It is also very good at strengthening the teeth and the gum area.
A strange but old remedy for toothache is to put some perfume on a cotton bud and dab it on the tooth and gum area. The reason behind this is more than likely the numbing affect of the alcohol in the perfume.
As always, prevention is the best cure. The best way to prevent a toothache is brushing and flossing twice a day. This not only keeps teeth healthy and strong, but also cuts down on trips to the dreaded dentist.