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Common Cures For Toothache

Toothache is a painful condition which can cause a lot of discomfort.  You could try taking ibuprofen to help ease the pain and inflammation but there are also plenty of natural solutions that can provide some relief.

Natural Pain Relief for Toothache
It is surprising how effective some of the following tried and tested methods for toothache can be.  Toothache will not go away until you have been to the dentist and got the cause of the pain sorted out but these methods can provide you with relief in the meantime.

Cold Treatments
Cooling treatments can help to reduce the pain and swelling of toothache and gum inflammation.  You can use some ice wrapped in a tea towel (or a cool pack) and press it to the side of your face with the toothache.  Don’t place anything very cold directly against your face as this can cause skin damage, (always wrap first) and don’t use cold treatments for more than 20 minutes at a time.  You could also try sucking an ice cube, but avoid placing anything cold against the actually tooth as this can cause even more pain.

Clove Oil
Clove oil is an age old remedy for toothache and should be dabbed directly onto the affected tooth. Cloves have natural anti-bacterial properties and can help to fight infection and swelling.  Cloves also help to numb the area and reduce pain.  If you do not have clove oil then you could try sucking a whole clove or mixing a little ground clove with olive oil before dabbing onto the tooth.

Garlic and Onion
Garlic and onion are known for their anti-bacterial properties and can help to reduce the infection and swelling.  You can pound a little raw garlic or onion into a paste and then place over the tooth.  Hold the paste in place for a few minutes and then rinse out your mouth.  It doesn’t matter if you swallow any of the paste but raw garlic and onion can taste very strong.  Repeat this until the pain is eased.

Salt water Rinse
Salt water has many healing properties and can help to draw infection out of the tooth and gums and numb pain.  Pour some freshly boiled water into a cup and then dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt.  Leave the salt water to cool until just warm to the touch.  Use this to rinse out your mouth every ten minutes or so and then spit out.  Don’t swallow salt water as this can upset the balance of minerals in your system.  Once the water has gone cold refresh with a new batch of warm salt water.

Massage
Head massage can help relieve the tension brought on by tooth ache and can help to increase blood flow to the area to aid healing. If you feel pain on the right side you could try rubbing your right hand or earlobe and left hand/earlobe for left side pain. These are important pressure points on your body and can help to stimulate natural pain relief.

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