Having a toothache is never on anyone’s -todos list. Neither is going to
the dentist. Most of us grew up in a time when the modern dental practice
was in its infancy. Numbing medicines and injection techniques left the
experience less than optimal. Today’s modern dentistry has advanced light-years, however; the emotional response to dental visits remains ingrained. Much of the anxiety experienced from a dental visit is from feeling a lack of control.
I can honestly say that my dentist does not hurt me when I go to have work
done anymore. I can also honestly say that I would much rather see him
outside of the office than inside. Some things will never change.
Anatomy of a Toothache
The enamel is the nice white hard part of the teeth that we brush. It is
comprised of calcium phosphate one of the hardest substances known.
Just below the enamel is the dentin. Living tissue that makes a hard
mineral substance. Running through the dentin is a channel called the pulp
another living tissue. Contained within the pulp are blood vessels and the
nerve that supplies sensation to the tooth. Each tooth has its own nerve.
Any irritation of the nerve results in a toothache. The most common causes
are a fracture through the dentin that exposes the pulp and nerve and
infection. Any collection of material from infection puts pressure on the
nerve resulting in pain.
The pulp and the structures within are usually contained in a closed space. When that space is interrupted it leaves a portal for bacteria to invade and multiply. The earliest evidence that space has been compromised may be sensitivity to liquids, hot and cold exposure.
Cavities cause tooth pain by at least two mechanisms. Cavity actually
means a hole or crevice. The dental cares erode the tooth into the pulp
exposing the nerve. In addition, the process is produced by bacteria so local infection further creates pain.
Occasionally a toothache doesn’t originate from a tooth. Irritation of
adjacent nerves can mimic a toothache. Gingivitis or a gum infection can
feel like a toothache. A pain from a sinus infection can feel like tooth pain. Temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome often presents as pain in the back molars.
Salt water rinse
A salt water rinse may just be the answer to your toothache pain. This is good for reducing swelling, boost healing and loosen the remains from the cavities and teeth.
Apart from relieving the pain, the salt water rinse will keep your mouth well sanitized and cleaned and bacteria will not have the right environment to grow. Do this after each meal for a longer period of time and you will see some good changes to your oral health.
Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of boiling water. Hold it in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.
Garlic is a very good vegetable that is used in many health conditions. It has great medicinal properties and in case of a toothache, it acts as a painkiller.
Use it crushed and mixed with a bit of salt. Crushing the garlic makes the allicin to release – this is a natural oily liquid found in the garlic that fights diseases. Apply this made paste to the affected area. You can also chew a fresh garlic clove.
If you feel like the taste left in your mouth is too strong, make yourself a cup of peppermint tea and this should do it.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties cinnamon is a great health ally for everyone. It is great in soothing a toothache.
You need to mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 5 teaspoons of honey. Mix it well until it creates a paste and apply it directly to the affected area. Do this for 2 or 3 times a day until you no longer feel any pain.
Clove used naturally or as an oil has a great effect on relieving the pain caused by a toothache. It contains eugenol – a chemical that is a natural anesthetic and antiseptic. It has a good effect on both your nerves and also prevents the teeth from other infections.
You can choose to rub the oil directly on the tooth or take a cotton ball, soak it in the oil and do this with it instead.
You can also choose to chew some clove and keep it in the place it hurts for half an hour. You will feel how the pain slowly fades away.
Ginger does not taste very well but it has great health benefits and it can be used for a lot of natural remedies this is why having some in the house is a great idea. Ginger is known to minimize swelling and inflammation and thus reduce the pain that comes with those.
What you need for this is a small piece of ginger root, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, water, and 1 cotton ball. Make a thick paste with the above and then take the cotton ball and apply this paste on your tooth. Leave it for as long as you can stand it. However, the mix can cause some irritation if held for too long or if you touch your gums with it, so make sure you repeat the process rather than hold it for too long on the painful tooth.
Another option is to chew some raw ginger and the effect will be faster.
All the above are some tips to help relieve a toothache. However in case of a more serious problem, fever or very harsh swallowing, it is better to consult a doctor.