Toothache hurts a lot and at the same time, its excruciating pain is just intolerable. Cavities cause tooth pain, and cavities which are basically bacteria present in the mouth, live on sugary and starchy foods. These bacteria release acids powerful enough to damage your teeth.
In case of an unbearable tooth pain, you can apply a pain-relieving gel, however, it is not the cure in some cases. Here are a few home-made remedies that will help lessen the tooth pain.
Whole cloves have a numbing effect. Put a few whole cloves into your mouth and let them moisten until they soften, rub them a little to release their oil, and then put the softened cloves on the painful tooth for around 30 minutes.
Powdered ginger and red (cayenne) pepper
Put some powdered ginger and red pepper into a bowl and add a few drops of water in them in order to make a paste. Roll a ball of cotton into the paste and apply it on the aching tooth. This will relieve you from toothache to an extent.
Stir a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with this water for around 30 seconds. Repeat it, if required. This treatment helps cleanse the area around the tooth and draws out fluid that may be causing swelling.
Not only does peppermint tea have a good flavour, but at the same time, it does render numbing effect too. Try rinsing your mouth with peppermint tea, or swallow it.
Cover an ice cube with a plastic bag, or cover it with a thin cloth, and then place it on the aching tooth for about 15 minutes to numb the nerves.
Use soft-bristled brush. This will help preserve the gum tissue and will prevent the gum from shrinking.
Applying warm and wet tea bag has the potential to numb the aching tooth, for black tea contains astringent tannins which are helpful in reducing swelling.