Teeth are an amazing balance of form and function, aesthetic beauty and engineering. Good and healthy teeth are an important part of one’s health and appearance. Toothache is one of the most common problems that can be encountered by anyone without any warning.
Toothache is characterized by a sharp, throbbing, shooting or constant pain that is considered to be the first sign of the upcoming problem. If not treated within the proper time, the tooth may eventually be required to be extracted.
The main cause of toothache is the tooth decay that results from diet comprising of excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates, soft drinks, candy, pastries and sugar in all forms. Bacteria present in the mouth break down sugar in acids that combine with calcium in the enamel and also cause decay or erosion.
Proper brushing of the teeth is essential to prevent tooth decay and further resultant toothaches. Brushing in circular motion ensures that all the dental surfaces are cleaned properly. For gentle stimulation to improve blood circulation in the gums, massage the gums with the toothbrush or finger lightly.
Dental decay, destruction of the bone around the teeth and infection of the gums can be prevented by taking an appropriate diet. Restrict the intake of sugar and ensure that your diet includes plenty of raw vegetables, whole wheat bread and whole foods. Given below are some of the natural home remedies that are effective in treating toothache.
- Chewing raw onion for approximately four minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth and ensure protection from host of tooth disorders.
- A paste prepared from the bark of bay berry mixed with vinegar and applied to the affected area will alleviate the pain and strengthen the gums.
- A clove of garlic with a little of rock salt, placed on the affected tooth will relieve the pain. Alternatively you can chew a garlic clove daily in the morning.
- Lime prevents decay, loosening of the teeth, dental cavities, toothache and bleeding of the gums.
- Clove oil applied to the cavity of the decayed tooth provides relief from tooth pain.
- A pinch of pepper powder mixed with clove oil can be put on the cavities to alleviate the toothache.
- A pinch of pepper and ¼ tsp of common salt prevents dental cavities, foul breath, bleeding from the gums, painful gums and toothaches.
- Gargle a glassful of water mixed with 1 tsp of salt after each meal and at bedtime.
- Put ice cube on the aching tooth or on the nearest cheek for 15-20 minutes at least 3 or 4 times a day.
- Asafoetida grounded in lemon juice cures dental ache. Heat the solution, soak a cotton swab and place it in the cavity of the tooth to relieve pain quickly.
In addition to this, floss your teeth gently to remove tiny bits of hard food. Be soft on your gums as they are likely to be sore. If the pain in the mouth is caused by trapped food, take a mouthful of water and rinse it vigorously. A thorough rinse may dislodge the food particles.
And last but not the least the reader should exercise all the necessary precautions carefully before administering these home remedies. If any person has an allergy to any of the above home remedies they should not be used as it may deteriorate the condition further.