1. Salt Water Rinse
For many people, a salt water rinse is an effective first-line treatment. Salt water is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds.
To use this approach, mix half teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
2. Clove Oil
Cloves have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties that help alleviate tooth pain and fight infection. It’s a top oil to have on hand for dental issues in particular, and it’s long been used in treatments for problems like toothaches when the sufferer is unable to get to the dentist right away. Cloves have traditionally been used as a remedy to numb the nerves, thanks to its primary chemical compound: eugenol, a natural anesthetic. It can fight against all kinds of dental pain, including cavities, mouth ulcers, and sore gums; in fact, you’ve probably seen it as an ingredient in dental products.
3. Guava Leaves
Guava leaves are also known for alleviating toothaches as well as relieving swollen gums and mouth ulcers, due to its potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties, as well as its high level of flavonoids. Herbalists recommend using them in paste form to maintain good oral hygiene as they’re known to reduce gum inflammation and leave breath fresh and clean.
Simply chew a leaf or two until the juice starts going to work on the affected tooth. Or, place five guava leaves into boiling water, allow the liquid to cool to warm temperature, and then add a sprinkle of sea salt. Use the solution like you would a mouthwash, swishing and then spitting it out, several times a day.
4. Cold Compress
If your face is swollen, put an ice pack on your cheek. It may help ease the pain, especially if you’ve chipped your chopper or knocked it loose. Swelling could also mean you have an abscess, a sac of pus and gunk deep in the roots of your tooth. This can cause serious infection in your jaw and other teeth. Signs include fever and red gums.
5. Turmeric Paste or Powder
Turmeric is one of the most medicinal spices on the planet. It has a whole series of uses and benefits. Turmeric contains an active ingredient called cur cumin. This has many antiseptic, analgesic and antibacterial properties. Cur cumin can help stop your tooth pain and can prevent infections and abscesses.
If you want to use turmeric to help with your tooth pain, make a paste. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a small amount of water. Add some of this paste to a cotton ball, and apply it directly to your sore tooth. You can even mix this paste with raw honey to improve taste.