Tackle Toothache Pain With At-Home Solutions That Actually Work

It has been said that a toothache is easily one of the hardest types of pains to deal with. If you have ever had a bad toothache of your own, you probably know this to be true. While heading to the dentist to find out what the problem is is always the best solution, there are always times when you have a toothache and have to wait to see a dentist for one reason or another. While the internet is filled with solutions that people claim do work, not every home remedy for toothache pain does a lot of good. Here are a few at-home solutions you should try that actually work to relieve toothache pain. 

Take over-the-counter ibuprofen. 

Most people see ibuprofen as a pain reliever, and it does usually effectively relieve pain. However, what most people don't know is that ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that works by decreasing hormones in the body that cause inflammation. Toothaches are often caused by inflammation around the nerves of the tooth. Therefore, taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen can sometimes provide more relief for a toothache than pain relievers like acetaminophen or aspirin. 

Use oil of cloves on the affected area.

Oil derived from cloves is actually a common ingredient in several dental treatment products. Therefore, it is safe to use at home for a toothache and is known to be quite effective. You can simply apply a few drops of the oil to a cotton ball or small piece of gauze and apply it to the affected tooth and soft tissue around the tooth to get a little relief. If you don't have access to oil of cloves, simply crush some whole cloves and allow them to soak in a teaspoon or so of olive or vegetable oil for a bit. The oil will absorb the cloves and can be used just the same as oil of cloves, albeit, it may not be quite as effective. 

Swish and gargle with warm water containing a high concentration of salt. 

Grab a good amount of sea salt and dissolve this in warm water. You want the water to be salty enough that it causes you to salivate as soon as it hits your tongue.Repeatedly swish and gargle the salty solution in your mouth and around the affected tooth. Salt is a natural anti-inflammatory agent because it pulls excess moisture from the gums and soft tissue around the tooth. This can bring the swelling down and in turn, reduce the levels of pain your feeling with your toothache.