A toothache is pain in or around a tooth. It can cause mild to severe discomfort to a person suffering from it. Toothaches have several causes; it can be caused by tooth decay, abscess in the tooth, fracture in the tooth, damage in the filling of the tooth, excessive repetitive motions like chewing gum or of grinding teeth and having infected gums. Toothaches are recognizable when suffering from symptoms like the pain in or around the tooth is sharp, throbbing or constant. For some people, the pain can be experienced when pressure is applied to the tooth. The person suffering from the toothache may also be feverish. The area around the tooth may also be swelling. There can also be a foul tasting drainage from the infected tooth. A dentist must be seen when the toothache lasts longer that two days and the ache is severe. It is also important to see the dentist once you experience fever, earache or pain upon opening your mouth wide open. Like in all kinds of illnesses, prevention is still better than cure. To prevent toothache, practice good oral hygiene. Brushing teeth fluoride toothpaste regularly, flossing in between the teeth once day and rinsing once or twice a day with antiseptic mouth wash should become habits. Also, visit the dentist two times a year for professional cleaning. But when already experiencing toothaches, here is a list of natural remedies to help you rid of the discomfort.
1. Clove Oil
Cloves can originally be found in Indonesia and Madagascar. They are harvested from an evergreen tree as pink unopened flower buds by hand. These buds are then dried until brown and are ground into fine powder. The powder is then used in cooking or turned into essential oils for medicinal purposes. Cloves can be grown all throughout the year and is considerably high in manganese, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Cloves have been used as a traditional remedy for numbing out nerves. It contains eugenol, a natural anesthetic compound. Applying cloves oil or powder on the toothache needs to be done carefully. Directly pouring the oil on the aching area can worsen the pain if too much oil gets on sensitive gum tissue or on the tongue. The better way to apply oil would be to put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and carefully dab it on the aching area. When using powdered clove, pinch some directly on the tooth. It is also advisable to chew on a whole clove a little to release the oils and keep it in place on the aching area up to half an hour or until the pain subsides.