According to Iqaluit Dental Clinic, if you experience a mild or severe toothache, you may have to get your dentist to take a look at it. While the following evidence-based home remedies do work to alleviate minor irritation and toothache, if the condition persists for a few days, visit the dentist.
- Clove – Clove has been used for treating toothaches throughout history for hundreds of years. Just biting down on a clove pod can alleviate the pain. If you want better results, you can use clove oil to reduce inflammation and numb the pain. To do this, you need to dilute clove oil with a carrier oil like jojoba or sunflower oil.
Mix it in a ratio of 15 drops of clove oil to an ounce of jojoba oil. Dab that oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. Clove contains eugenol, a natural antiseptic that has been extracted from cloves and used in dentistry since the 19th century. The use of clove oil for toothaches is also recommended by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.
- Wheatgrass – Wheatgrass has several immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. The same things that make it a superfood, also make it an excellent ingredient for treating toothache. Wheatgrass is rich in nutrients, one of them being high in chlorophyll content. This helps to fight fungi and bacterial growth. You can make wheatgrass tea and use it as a mouthwash or drink it directly for killing off bacteria that are causing a toothache.
- Toothache plant – The toothache plant is appropriately named. It is grown in tropical and subtropical regions with warm weather and plenty of rainfall and is high in spilanthol. Spilanthol has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for treating toothaches for a long time. When you chew it and spread it over the affected tooth, you’ll feel a numbing sensation. However, you should avoid this plant if you’re pregnant, use diuretics, are allergic to plants in the daisy family, have prostate cancer, or drink alcohol.
- Thyme – Thyme is an indispensable herb in many dishes. Apart from adding excellent aroma and flavour to your food, it can also treat toothaches. The herb has powerful antioxidants and antibacterial properties that can fight and kill harmful oral bacteria. However, thyme oil is more effective and should be used the same way as clove oil, with carrier oil.
- Guava leaves – Research shows that the guava plant, along with a few other plant species, is very effective at preventing certain dental diseases and has strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Parts of the plant are also used in some dental medicines. For the best effect, buy or pick fresh guava leaves, clean them under the sink and chew on them to relieve toothache.
Iqaluit Dental Clinic suggests that you use evidence-backed home remedies for solving minor toothache. This is the age of misinformation and that means you need to scrutinize every piece of information on the internet, especially if it concerns your health.