You should always be aware of the general health of your body, take care of yourself and see doctor before the problems arrive. But, sometimes we drop the ball, get busy and forget to take care of ourselves as well as we should. Tooth pain is a real thing, and these tooth pain remedies I've made at home have helped me immensely.
*These remedies are in no way a fix-it or a replacement for dentistry, but they may help ease the pain until you can get to a dentist.
I love a good natural DIY. My tooth was KILLING ME for the last two days. I put Pinterest to work in the meantime until I was able to be seen by a professional!
SALT WATER SWISH
Dissolve salt water into a glass of warm water. This really helps when I'm having a tooth ache, and it doesn't taste that bad! Swish for as long as you want, and spit! I usually do this a few times an hour if the pain is particularly bad.
Try crushing or chewing a clove of garlic and placing it right where the pain is. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which is what gives it its antibiotic properties. You can repeat this every few hours for ten minutes at a time. If this helps the pain, you can use it more often since it's all natural. Just be prepared to have some stinky breath!
Turmeric has endless possibilities when it comes to at-home DIYs! I particularly love turmeric because of its natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It's used worldwide as a pain reliever and cleaner.
Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with just enough purified water to make a paste. Apply this directly to the area or on a cotton ball to place in your mouth.
Using any sort of vegetable based oil (I use coconut), take about a tablespoon's worth and swish it in and around your mouth for 15-20 minutes.
Don't swallow because you'll just ingest all the yucky toxins, but when you spit coconut oil, make sure you do it in a trash can because the coconut oil can stiffen and clog your sink!
Kathryn wrote a great article introducing oil pulling - go check it out here!
I'm a big fan of hydrogen peroxide, so I thought I'd try it for my pain! Simply swish a tablespoon of 1% - 3% hydrogen peroxide around your mouth, or soak it in a cotton ball.
You may not believe in all that "hippie dippy" life, but I certainly swear by acupressure (or "pressure points")--so does Kathryn. Not unlike curing your allergies by way of acupressure, you can also speed along the relief of pain symptoms. Here's as great article highlighting the variety of ways pressure points can cure tooth aches.
Let me know if you give any of these a try, and I'd love to hear some of your own pain remedies!