beaufort toothache remedies

Toothache Remedies

While in most cases, a toothache means a trip to the dentist for a filling, it can also be the sign of a more serious underlying medical issue. Instead of ignoring the pain and hoping it will go away, give your dentist a call and get the source of the toothache fixed before it becomes worse.

Ways to Naturally Ease Toothache Pain

1. Salt and Pepper
Both have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.


  • Mix equal amounts of pepper and common salt with a few drops of water to form a paste.
  • Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  • Reapply daily as needed.

2. Garlic
Can ease your pain and also strengthen the teeth.


  • Place the clove of garlic in your mouth and chew on it for several minutes a day.
  • Gargling saltwater is another option to ease pain especially if gum disease is at the cause of the toothache. Stir several tablespoons of salt into a cup of hot water and swish the mixture around in your mouth for a few minutes.

3. Onions
Antibacterial properties that plays a vital role in reducing toothache are found in onions. Onions are also rich in sodium vitamin E and vitamin B12, which is also good to be included in daily diet.


  • Chewing on an onion for at least three minutes is very effective in killing the germs in mouth that can cause toothache.
  • You can also try placing a small sized onion on the affected area.

4. Ginger
This herb has antibacterial properties that can heal tooth infections, redness, wounds and swelling associated with little toothache pain.


  • Cut off a piece of the ginger root and remove the skin. Put the piece in your mouth on top of the area of tooth pain and bite down on it. Keep the rest of the ginger refrigerated and replace the piece in your mouth as needed.

5. Guava Leaves
The juice of the leaves has an antibacterial element to reduce pain.


  • Clean the guava leaf and chew on it. Chewing on the leaf causes its juice to enter the hole of the tooth infection and reduce pain.
  • Burn a few leaves and use the ash created as a powder to apply to the affected area.

6. Cloves
Cloves contain a very strong anesthetic that numbs nerves and stops pain. It is also antiseptic which helps kill germs that may be contribute to an infection.


  • Place a few cloves in your mouth at the affected area. After they begin to soften, chew them a little to soften them more. This allows the clove oils to be released and mix with your saliva. Leave the cloves in your mouth for 30 minutes and then remove them. Use as needed to relieve pain.

7. Warm Salt Water
The Warm Salt Water can reduce inflammation and swelling, as well as fight any bacteria causing an infection.


  • Mix half a spoon of common salt in a glass of hot water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. Repeat as needed.

8. Pure Vanilla Extract (imitation vanilla extract may not be as effective)
Vanilla extract has antiseptic and analgesic properties, which are very effective at relieving pain.


  • Put 4 to 5 drops of pure vanilla extract on a cotton ball and apply the cotton ball to the affected area for a few minutes. Repeat as needed.

9. Tea Bag
The tannins in the tea bag can help to reduce the swelling and pain.


  • Hold a soaked tea bag against the area of the toothache. If your tooth is not sensitive to cold, you can try a cold wet tea bag.

10. Wheatgrass Juice
The antibacterial properties relieves the pain of the toothache and also aids in repairing the tooth decay problem by extracting toxins from the mouth.


  • Juice the wheatgrass in a juicer or blender and use it as a mouthwash, or you can just chew wheat grass.beaufort toothache remedies
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The Family That Brushes Together

Children love to imitate their parents – whether it’s a son putting shaving cream on his face like Dad, or a young girl dressing up in Mom’s necklaces and bracelets. They pick up good dental habits, too, when they see how Mom and Dad take care of their teeth and gums.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a good time to remind ourselves about the importance of learning good oral health practices at a young age. The earlier we begin using good practices on the road to dental health, the better our smiles will be as we grow older. In my family’s house, for example, we keep a timer by the sink so that our young daughter, Milla, knows how long she has been brushing and doesn’t stop too soon.  We find it really works!

To develop good habits in our children, it is helpful to let them see us when we brush and floss – even making it a regular family activity!  Going to the dentist with our children for routine appointments also lets them develop a trusting relationship with the dental experience.

Other tips to help children learn good dental habits include:

  • Don’t reward your children with candy. A hug and a big smile will do.
  • Teens should be given a prize for a “no cavities” report. Maybe a gift card or new phone app.
  • Limit sugary drinks to mealtime, and follow with water. Dilute apple juice with water to cut down on cavities.
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Sometimes a little change can make a huge difference

A couple months ago, I treated a young woman who had shown up in my office with a bunch of cavities. She had seen her dentist in New York maybe four months before seeing us in Beaufort.

It was hard to imagine how all these cavities could’ve cropped up in such a short period of time. But after a little discussion about her daily routine, we discovered that she was nursing a 16 oz bottle of soda throughout the day. Sometimes it was diet soda; but most times, it was regular cola. OMG! So much sugar swimming around in her mouth – providing the perfect storm for decay.

After some extensive dental work (with oral sedation), this young lady knew she had to change her habits. She’s replaced her daily can of soda habit with bottled water. And when she does drink that occasional soda, she knows she’ll be brushing her teeth soon afterwards.