When all you want to do is enjoy your food, it can feel as if there is nothing worse than the dull ache of a painful tooth or sore gums.
Dentists Near Me, a website and app which help you book your dentist appointment, has put together a list of home remedies which can provide you with some temporary pain relief until you can get to the dentist’s chair.
1. Peanut butter
This toast favourite is especially good for relieving the pain of a wisdom tooth.
Applying peanut butter again and again on the affected area is great for soothing the discomfort, by acting as a barrier between the bacteria which causes the pain, and the tooth.
2. Olive oil
Heat up a little olive oil and leave to cool until lukewarm. Then take the oil, and pour it into the ear of the side of your mouth where the toothache is.
This can relieve the pain that you feel on the side of your head and is great for those with a sore tooth.
To reduce any swelling, place thin slices of potato in the freezer.
Once chilled, take a slice and place it onto the gum where there is discomfort. This will cool and sooth the area.
Chop an onion in half and place a piece into the side of the mouth that is most painful.
Occasionally bite down. This will release the juices which will help to sooth the discomfort.
Though not so great for your breath, placing slices of garlic on an aching tooth can help relieve the pain.
Chewing garlic is also beneficial for those who suffer from gum disease.
A more traditional herbal remedy for wisdom tooth pain, try swirling some vinegar around in your mouth for 30 seconds then spit it out.
7. Tea bags
Steep a tea bag in boiling water for a few minutes, then remove and allow it to cool.
Hold the cooled teabag around your gums for about five minutes. The tannic acid helps to relieve gum infections.
After brushing your teeth try rubbing honey into your gums, avoiding the surfaces of your teeth as much as possible. This trick can work to treat infections.
Manuka honey in particular has antiseptic properties that make it a great natural remedy for gum infections.
Though these natural remedies are great for relieving the pain you have in your mouth and gums, we don't recommend that you put off a trip to the dentist.
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