13 Tips To Relieve A Toothache
A toothache can be really painful, so it is hardly surprising that dentistry was one of the earliest medical disciplines which were been practiced. The Ancient Egyptians used some bizarre methods to ward off tooth pain, such as by placing a live mouse on the gums of a person with a toothache. They believed that because mice have very strong teeth, some of the effects might rub off on the sufferer. In Ancient Rome, things were much better. One historian noted that a frog tied to the jaws made teeth firmer and that toothache responded to ear drops made by boiling earthworms in olive oil. We have excluded all mention of rodents, amphibians or worms in the following tips; instead, we’ve taken some sound advice on toothache from the modern dentist: –
1. Rinse: –
Take a mouthful of tepid water and rinse vigorously. Toothache is due to trapped food, a thorough rinse may dislodge the problem.
2. Floss gently: –
If swishing doesn’t work you can try to prise a small bit of food like blackberry seed or corn husk from between our teeth by flossing. But be gentle as your gums are likely to be sore.
3. Numb it with alcohol: –
Hold a swig of whiskey over the painful tooth, your gum will absorb some of the alcohol and that will definitely numb the pain.
4. Rinse with salt water: –
After each meal and at bedtime, stir a teaspoon of salt into a 250ml glass of tepid water. Hold it in your mouth, rinse it around and spit it out.
5. Try an ice massage: –
Wrap a tea towel or handkerchief around an ice cube and rub it into the V-shaped area where the bones of the thumb and forefinger meet. Gently hold the ice on the area for five to seven minutes. This technique can ease the toothache pain.
6. Use clove oil: –
This remedy has been used by people for centuries. In addition, you need to drop a little oil directly onto the tooth or put a little on a cotton wool ball and pack it next to the problem tooth.
7. Don’t bite: –
If a toothache is caused by an injury to the tooth, try not to use that particular area while you eat. If nothing is damaged, resting the tooth may ease the ache.
8. Ice it: –
Treat your tooth as you would treat a bruise with ice. Put some ice in a small plastic bag, wrap it in a thin cloth and put it on the adjacent cheek for 15 minutes at a time, three to four times in a day.
9. Soothe and heal with Echinacea: –
It is very hard to concentrate on anything when a tooth is throbbing. But Echinacea is one of the best remedies for a toothache. It stimulates the immune system to clear the infection at the root of a tooth ache and it has a deadening effect on the pain.
Echinacea root tincture (1:5) can be easily brought from a health food store. Put a teaspoonful into your mouth and rinse it around the problematic tooth and after then swallow. Repeat this procedure four times a day ad this effect is often described as miraculous though it will take a day to begin working.
10. Keep your mouth shut: –
If the chilling air moving across the tooth hurts, just shut off the flow, but never clench your teeth. Some toothache arise when the bite isn’t quite right. If that is the case, just avoid shutting your mouth as much as possible until the dentist can take a look.
11. Swallow painkillers: –
Don’t believe the old-fashioned remedy that suggests applying an aspirin directly on the aching gum as this can cause an aspirin burn. In fact, for pain relief, take paracetamol or ibuprofen every four hours as needed.
Note: – Don’t give aspirin to children under 16.
12. Avoid heat: –
Try to keep heat away from your aching cheek even if it makes a toothache better. As if it is an infection, the heat will draw the infection to the outside of the jaw and make the infection even worse.