Few body pains are as horrible as the toothache. We’ve all had them – you can’t sleep, you can’t eat; you pretty much just sit there, let it throb, and hope the dentist wants to come in on a Sunday afternoon to take an emergency peek. (How come the pain only occurs on weekends and holidays, anyway?) If you find yourself feeling like our dinosaur friend here, I have a few natural remedies for the toothache that you might try. They’re simple and effective.
Garlic – We’re supposing if you have a nasty toothache you probably won’t be going far from home anyway, so you might as well give garlic a shot! Peel a garlic clove, give it a nice little squish with your teeth, and place it right on the sore tooth or in the cavity. Also said to repel vampires. And your spouse.
Clove Oil – This one is actually good for teething babies as well. I like to keep a bottle of clove oil around the house at all times. Simply dip a Q-tip in the bottle, then rub on gums or around affected tooth. Try not to use too much with children. It won’t burn but it is strong. I recommend trying it on yourself first to get an idea of how much you think they’d be able to handle.
Salt Water – Many people swear by this remedy. Simply add sea salt to warm water to make a very salty solution. Rinse your mouth repeatedly by holding the water in your mouth and sloshing it around for as long as you can. This also helps irritated gums and abscessed teeth.
Ginger – Just as with the garlic but let’s just say no vampire protection. Cut and peel a small chunk of fresh ginger and chew it if you can. Strong but effective. (Also great for upset stomachs, morning sickness, and coughing spells.)
These are just a few simple tips to help relieve that toothache naturally. Keep them in mind, keep them on hand, and tell that dentist you’ll see him Monday instead.