Most of us will suffer from some form of tooth ache within our lifetime and we never know when this will strike. Many dentists offer dental emergency appointments and are open 6 or 7 days a week, but what if the pain strikes on a bank holiday or at 1am when your dentist is likely to be in bed? Here are some home remedies for those emergencies:
Cloves or clove oil
Both cloves and clove oil contain antiseptic properties that bring down infection and decrease pain. When using this method, apply the clove or clove oil to the tooth or pain area directly. Make sure that you onlyuse a drop or two of clove oil.
Tea tree oil
This is another natural antiseptic that is effective in relieving tooth pain. Just rub two or three drops on and around the tooth. Massage the oil into the gums surrounding the tooth.
Garlic doesn't scare off the vampires and enhance the flavour of your food. The chemical allicin found in garlic attacks bacteria in the mouth and reduces the pain. Apply a crushed clove of garlic directly to the affected tooth.
Wheatgrass juice draws out toxins that may be in the gums and works as a natural antibiotic to stop pain and reverse tooth decay. Use it as a mouthwash or chew on wheatgrass for similar results.
Although this isn't good for your breath, chewing on raw onion for three minutes may ease your tooth pain. Placing a piece of raw onion directly on your tooth should help soothe any pain.
Chewing is probably the last thing you want to do when pain in the mouth strikes however, chewing raw spinach leaves against the aching tooth or by crushing it into a paste to press against the affected area, should help fight the discomfort.
Salt and pepper
This might surprise you, but salt and pepper aren't just good for putting the taste into our food, its also a well known home remedy for tooth aches. Mix teaspoon of salt with teaspoon of pepper and a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and let it sit for a few minutes.
Applying three- to four drops of vanilla extract onto a cotton swab and holding it against the affected tooth for several minutes is another popular home remedy to help numb that tooth ache.
Remember these treatments are only temporary remedies that might work in the short term, but as soon as you can get a dentist appointment its extremely vital that you visit. No one can treat a toothache better than a professional trained dentist who will be able to solve your pain and prevent it from becoming a more serious issue. At Bamboo Dental you can receive emergency treatment 7 days a week, the telephone lines are open 24 hrs a day together with an online booking system. The on-call dentist will carry out an examination and determine the most appropriate type of treatment to be administered. This can either be emergency temporary or emergency permanent which may be followed up by subsequent appointments.