Toothaches range from excruciating to throbbing, but fortunately, with a good dentist as your savior, the pain should be short-lived. If it’s not possible to get a dental appointment immediately, you can buy a pain-relieving gel from your local pharmacy. Alternatively, you can take acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve).
You could also try the following natural remedies for a toothache:
- Dab clove oil directly on the affected tooth. This oil has strong bacteria-killing properties. It also has a numbing effect – that’s why it has been an acclaimed folk remedy for toothache. Clove bud extract contains a compound called eugenol, which acts like a local anesthetic. At first, the oil may sting, but you should soon experience welcome relief.
- The same numbing effect can be obtained from whole cloves, as well. Pop a few in your mouth, allow them to moisten until soft, and then bruise them slightly between your pain-free molars to release the oil. Then hold the soft cloves for about 20 minutes against the painful tooth.
- If you don’t have cloves on hand, make a paste of cayenne pepper and powdered ginger. Pour the ingredients into the bottom of a cup, and then add 1 or 2 drops of water to make the paste. Take a small cotton ball and saturate it in the paste, then place it on the painful tooth. Be sure to keep the cotton on the tooth, as the paste may irritate your gums. You can also use the spices separately – either one can help relieve a toothache.
Got a toothache in Lakeland FL? Visit us at the dental office of G.R. Sheumaker Jr. DDS. Our friendly and caring staff are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Give us a call today.