Home Remedy: Salt Water for Toothache

The benefits of using salt water for toothache.

Toothache can be an extremely painful problem, especially when you are trying to sleep at night. This can be caused by a variety of different issues. The most common cause is cavities in the teeth which are caused by decay. Sometimes these can be very small and only seen on an x-ray. Broken teeth or damaged teeth can also cause some severe throbbing pains. This causes damage to the nerve. Infections also knew an abscess are extremely painful. This is where bacteria gets into the tooth. This can spread into the surrounding teeth and jaw bone. Gum disease and bleeding gums may also cause toothache and throbbing pains. All of the above problems should be immediately treated by a dentist, however during the time between appointments you can use salt water to keep the pain at bay.

Simply add one teaspoon of salt to 250ml of lukewarm water. Gargle with this mixture and then hold it in the mouth against the painful area for 2-3 minutes. Repeat this as often as you wish to ease the pain. This works very quickly in bringing down pain, reducing inflammation and also destroying surface bacteria which may be making the problem worse.

This is only a quick fix. It is important that you make an appointment to see a dentist as quickly as possible. If this does not work, over the counter numbing gels can be purchased and applied directly to the teeth to help in the short term. In order to maintain good oral hygiene, be sure to brush the teeth at least twice a day, morning and night. Use an antibacterial mouthwash to destroy any plaque or bacteria that has been missed, and see a dentist at every 6 months for regular check-ups.