Loose fillings, a cracked tooth, an abscess, a sinus condition, or a cavity can regrettably cause a person to suffer toothache pain. Unfortunately, this pain may occur on a weekend or during the night when it is impossible to see a dentist. Therefore, it is important to have a few basic home remedies for tooth nerve pain that can alleviate toothache pain until you have an opportunity to visit your family dentist.
One of the better traditional toothache remedies is cloves. The main chemical compound in cloves is a natural anesthetic called eugenol. You will need to be careful with this remedy and especially if you are planning to put cloves oil on top of the infected area. If you pour cloves oil on an infected area it may worsen the pain by causing an overspill onto your tongue or sensitive gum tissue. You should rather use a cotton ball and put a couple of drops of clove oil onto the cotton ball. You then can place the cotton ball against the aching tooth until the pain disappears. You can also, in a pinch, use a whole clove or some powdered clove on the tooth.
Another easy to use remedy for toothaches is a mixture of ginger and cayenne. Take equal parts of cayenne and ginger and add enough water so that it turns into a paste. Take a small ball of the cotton and roll it in the paste and then place it on the aching tooth. Try to make sure that this mixture does not come into contact with your tongue or gums. The concoction will burn but you need to keep it on the infected tooth until the pain recedes or for as long as you can take it. Both of these spices are effective painkillers and if you prefer, you can use either one by itself.
A proven simple solution for toothaches is to take a cup of boiling water and add a teaspoon of salt. This mixture will reduce swelling while at the same time cleaning away any irritating debris. For 30 seconds, swish it around in your mouth and then spit it out. This saltwater solution will draw out a bit of the fluid that is responsible for the swelling and also clean the area. You can repeat this saltwater treatment as often as you like.
A cup of tea is also an excellent toothache remedy. For example, a cup of peppermint tea has some numbing powers. Steep dried peppermint leaves in a couple of boiling water for 20 minutes. Once the tea is cool, you can swish it around in your mouth and either swallow it or spit it out. There is a suggestion that the astringent tannins that are found in black tea can also help to reduce swelling and dull the pain. There is an interesting old folk remedy that suggests putting a wet teabag against the tooth which will provide temporary relief.
Some other excellent home remedies for tooth nerve pain include rinsing the affected area with hydrogen peroxide, using an ice pack, washing the area with myrrh, using a “sensitive teeth” toothpaste, and acupuncture.