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Toothache Causes and Home Remedies


Toothache is a common problem. When the core of a tooth or pulp gets inflamed, toothache occurs. The pulp bears nerve endings that are highly sensitive to pain. Toothache aggravates at night when one lies down and the blood pressure towards the head increases. Toothache also worsens in response to pressure, hot or cold stimuli. Toothache may radiate to ear, jaw or cheek. Toothache may be accompanied by symptoms like pain while chewing, swelling around tooth, swelling of jaw, hot or cold sensitivity, bleeding gums, redness along the tooth’s gum line, bad breath etc. Sometimes the pain originates else where and a referred pain occurs in the tooth. The causes of toothache may be listed as follows:

  1. Dental cavity
  2. Fractured tooth
  3. Temporomandibular joint disorder
  4. Dental infection
  5. Periodontal disease or gum disease (due to thriving of bacteria)
  6. Ear infection
  7. Sinusitis
  8. Heart problems

Home Remedies

  1. Put 2-3 drops of vanilla extracts on the aching tooth. This will relieve pain immediately.

  2. An ice compress generates numbness and thus lessens toothache.

  3. Soak a cotton ball in clove oil and tuck it near the gum line of the aching tooth. This is a popular toothache remedy.

  4. Coat a clove of garlic with rock salt and place it on the aching tooth. This is a good pain relief method. You can also chew garlic cloves in the morning to combat toothache.

  5. Wash mouth with the juice of wheat grass. It forbids bacterial growth, dental decay and relieves toothache.

  6. Dab Vicks vapor rub on the cheek encapsulating the aching tooth and place a paper towel on top. The heat from the vapor rub is absorbed in to the skin and brings down toothache.

  7. Place a potato slice on the sore tooth to get relief from pain.

  8. Pressing a hot tea bag against the affected tooth reduces the ache.

  9. Gargling with saltwater destroys bacteria and minimizes toothache.

  10. Chew guava tree leaves to get rid of toothache.

  11. Make a paste of bayberry bark, add vinegar to the paste and apply on aching tooth. This is an effective home remedy for toothache.

  12. Using lime juice as a mouth wash is a means to cure toothache.

  13. Chewing raw onion to do away with any kind of dental problem.

  14. Soak a cotton ball in brandy and press it against the aching tooth. This will numb the pain and give relief.

  15. Soak cotton swab in oil of oregano and place on the aching tooth. This is beneficial in treating toothache.

  16. Combine asafetida with lemon juice. Soak cotton ball in the mixture and place on the aching tooth. This will cause the pain to subside.



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