Home Alone With A Toothache? 4 Natural Ways To Dull The Pain
Your parents finally left you home alone for the weekend. You've been dreaming about the moment when you'd be old enough to outgrow adult supervision. Sadly, you can't enjoy the moment because you've got a raging toothache.
You could call your parents, but then your weekend alone would be cut short. So, what do you do? Well, you try one of the following home remedies designed to alleviate toothache pain fast.
Gargle With Salt Water
When you're trying to get rid of a toothache, the first thing you should try is salt water. Salt water cleanses your mouth, reduces the swelling, and fights the pain. Pour about 8 ounces of warm water into a glass. Add about 2 teaspoons of salt and mix the solution with a spoon.
Place a small amount of the salt water in your mouth and swish it around for about 15 seconds. Spit the water out into the sink and repeat the process until you've used all the water.
Swab on the Vanilla Extract
If the salt water didn't work, you may need something a little stronger. Look in the spice cabinet for some vanilla extract. Dip a cotton swab into the container to saturate the cotton tip. Apply the extract to the gums surrounding your painful tooth. You can also saturate a cotton ball and place it on your tooth between your gums and cheek. Repeat the process several times a day until your parents can get you to the dentist.
Chew on an Onion
Onions probably aren't your favorite things to chew on, but they can act as a natural antibiotic. This is important, especially if your toothache is caused by an infection. Peel an onion and slice off several small pieces.
Place the pieces in your mouth and carefully chew on them with the painful tooth. The juices will work their way down into the gums around the root of your tooth. Chew on the onion until the pain subsides.
Make an Ice Pack
Ice works well at soothing a painful tooth. But, ice cubes aren't all that comfortable to place on your face. That's where this homemade ice pack comes in handy. Find a sandwich sized resealable plastic baggie. Place equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol in the baggie.
Add a few drops of blue food coloring and seal the bag – to prevent someone from thinking the bag is filled with ordinary ice. Place the bag in the freezer for about an hour to allow the liquid to freeze. The water and alcohol will freeze to the consistency of a soft slushy, so you won't have any hard ice cubes on your painful tooth.
Toothache pain can be unbearable, especially if there's no way to get to the dentist. Use these home remedies to reduce the pain until your parents can get home.
To learn more, contact a dentist like Dr Tupman Family Dentistry.