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Get Rid of Toothache Naturally

Even the most simple toothache can feel like the worst pain you’ve ever suffered from. They can affect everyone, from children to adults, and range in pain from mild to severe. The best way to treat a toothache is to see the dentist at the first sign of trouble as a toothache can be caused by serious problems such as cavities, broken or cracked teeth, infections or abscesses!

 

How do I know if I have toothache?

  • Sharp pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pain around a specific tooth
  • Pain that radiates to the jaws and ears
  • Pain that moves to the shoulders, head and heck
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Worse when chewing
  • Tooth that is tender to touch
  • Gums tender to touch
  • Pain that prevents you from sleeping
  • Bleeding gums
  • Redness around the gum line
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Swelling of the jaw

Call a doctor or see your dentist immediately if:

  • You have a fever
  • You have chest pain
  • You have nausea
  • Your toothache lasts more than two days

 

How can I prevent toothache?

  • Keep up good oral hygiene habits! Brush your teeth and floss regularly.
  • See a dentist twice a year.
  • Keep things such as sinus infections (which can cause severe toothaches) under control.

 

How can I treat toothache?

  • Make a saltwater mouthwash with a tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swirl and swish to help clean out infection then spit it out and rinse.
  • Make a hydrogen peroxide wash with a bit of hydrogen peroxide in some water. This will help kill off bacteria. Spit out and rinse when finished.
  • Vanilla, peppermint, almond and lemon extract can all be used to help numb the area. Put some on a cotton ball and hold against the tooth.
  • Tea tree oil will do the same as hydrogen peroxide and salt water. Add a few drops to water, swish, spit and rinse.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a great antibacterial wash!
  • Ginger root helps to decrease inflammation.
  • Garlic is naturally antibacterial, mash some and hold it against the tooth. Same with onion!
  • Potato mashed with salt can be used to decrease inflammation and kill bacteria.
  • A bit of cucumber will cool and soothe an aching tooth.
  • A cup of tea is full of tannins that will naturally numb up your tooth.
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