Toothaches can be one of the most painful things imaginable; and, if you don’t know how to cure a toothache next time an emergency hits, you’ll be in a world of hurt (literally).
However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of fancy medications (or even a dentist if things get really bad) in order to help cure that aching in your mouth.
In fact, there are at least 17 ways you can cure a toothache naturally. And, once you discover these, you’ll want to keep an eye out for these cures once SHTF (or, better yet, stock them in your bug out bag for disaster preparedness).
Note: Keep in mind these tips are great if you have a bearable toothache; however, if you are in severe pain, you’ll need to go straight to an emergency room (they often have dentists on-call) or seek professional help ASAP.
Note #2: If one side of your mouth is in severe pain, it’s possible that you actually have a sinus infection rather than a toothache. Try taking a decongestant or breathing in steam in order to see if the pain goes away. If the pain doesn’t decrease, seek medical attention right away.
We here at Survival Frog want to help you become as prepared as you can be for any unexpected emergencies that may occur in an SHTF situation – and that includes the crises that occur with your teeth and gums. That’s why we want to make sure you discover these tips on…
How To Cure A Toothache Naturally
1 – Baking Soda
Combine baking soda with a little water until it forms a paste. Then lather the paste onto a Q-tip and apply liberally to the affected tooth. You can also add extra water in order to create an effective, healing mouth-rinse.
2 – Tea Bag
Take a bag of black tea and steep it in a hot cup of water for a few seconds. Then take the warm tea bag and lay it against the sore tooth, applying pressure for as long as possible. The tannins in the tea can help ease the pain.
3 – Fresh Ginger
Wash and dry the fresh ginger, and then cut off a piece about half an inch thick. Remove the skin, and bite down using the hurting tooth (if you can), letting the juice from the ginger run around the area. Run the juice around your tooth with your tongue. Do this a few times a day and, in a few days, the pain should completely cease.
4 – Salt Water
Add salt to a glass of water (as much as you can muster) and swish the mixture around in your mouth for a few minutes. This will allow your pain to decrease for approximately a half hour.
5 – Onion
Peel a fresh onion and cut off a small chunk. Bite down on the onion using the affected tooth, and rub the juice onto your tooth and around the affected gums. This will help kill any harmful bacteria around the area.
6 – Vinegar
Take a cotton ball and soak it in vinegar until it’s absorbed completely. Then bite down on the cotton , allowing the vinegar to soak into the hurting tooth/gums. This will help provide temporary relief.
You can also combine a couple teaspoons of vinegar with a couple teaspoons of baking soda. Lather the mixture onto the tooth and leave for two minutes. Rinse your mouth with water.
7 – Cloves
Cloves contain natural antiseptic and anesthetic properties, allowing you some temporary relief from that painful toothache. To reap these benefits, simply suck on/chew on the cloves using the hurting tooth. You can also press the cloves against the area for a few minutes.
8 – Hard Alcohol
Alcohol can help kill harmful bacteria in your mouth, and can even help numb the pain from a toothache. Simply swish your favorite hard alcohol (i.e: vodka, whiskey, etc.) in your mouth for a few minutes and feel the pain melt away.
9 – Cayenne Pepper
You may be surprised to see cayenne pepper on the list; however, cayenne controls inflammation and wards off pain from even the most persistent toothaches. Add a little water to the pepper to form a paste, and apply liberally to the aching tooth. Leave it for a few minutes, then rinse.
10 – Garlic
Garlic contains allicin: a very powerful natural antibiotic that starts fighting the pain from an infected tooth immediately. Chew on cloves of raw garlic, or make a garlic mouthwash by smashing 6-8 cloves and combining with water.
11 – Vanilla Extract
This one may surprise you, but vanilla extract will really help that pain in your mouth subside. Pour a few drops onto your finger and rub the affected tooth and gum with it. Then, add a few drops to a cotton ball and press it against the sore tooth. Repeat this process 2-3 times daily.
12 – Peppermint Leaves
Chew fresh peppermint leaves with the affected side of your mouth, allowing the peppermint juices to seep into your gums. You can also chew dried peppermint leaves if fresh aren’t available.
13 – Hydrogen Peroxide
Peroxide seems to be one of the cure-alls people have used for generations – and toothaches are no exception to the rule. Swish peroxide in your mouth for some relief from the pain. If the taste is too unbearable, you can always dilute the strong stuff with water.
14 – Cucumber
For best results, use a fresh piece of cucumber at room temperature (NOT refrigerated), and hold it against the affected area. You can also mash the cucumber, add a little salt, and apply it to the sore tooth.
15 – Cinnamon and Honey
Cinnamon and honey together can create a powerful combination to help combat that nasty toothache.Here’s a fellow prepper to teach you just how much you need in order to get some relief:
16 – Plantain Leaves
Plantain leaves are a great, natural way to help cure a toothache – and luckily, many preppers have these growing in their own backyard.
To take advantage of the health benefits of these miraculous plants, simply wash and dry the fresh leaves and chew up a handful. Once the leaves are moist, push the leaves to the side of the mouth that’s hurting, and leave them there; the leaves will naturally draw out the infection.
17 – Limes
High vitamin C content and low acidity levels make limes a perfect tool to help heal that nasty toothache. Simply cut up a lime and press a segment of it to the affected area – or chew it up and rub the juice onto the hurting spot.
Note: Want even more natural cures and helpful tips for toothaches? Read our blog about it here.
There’s no doubt about it; toothaches are some of the most annoying and painful things your mouth can experience. And, when SHTF, you can bet that you’ll need to be prepared for quite a few toothaches on your way to survival.
Now don’t get me wrong – the above list of ways to heal a toothache are completely valid and helpful. However, in an emergency, the fact is you may not have access to some (if not all) of these cures.
The other fact it, toothaches aren’t the only mouth emergencies you can experience once SHTF. There’s also pain from cracked teeth, cracked dentures, pain from braces, and oral sores to worry about.
And, without access to hospitals, dentists, or care centers, you could be in a world of hurt if you don’t have the right supplies.
Thankfully, Survival Frog can help your mouth stay virtually pain-free with our Emergency Dental Kits.
These crisis-ready kits will give you peace of mind and freedom from pain in a dental emergency. That’s because each of our emergency kits provides you step-by-step, easy to follow instructions (with illustrations!) for a variety of common dental emergencies, such as toothaches, cracked dentures, cracked teeth, oral sores, braces, and many others.
These instructions were revised by professional dentists, ensuring you can easily and confidently treat almost any dental emergency when a professional dentist or orthodontist can’t be reached.
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Nobody knows when they’ll encounter a dental emergency – especially one that will leave them in a world of pain and agony. And, without the right supplies, you could be doing even more damage to your mouth, while causing yourself excruciating pain in the process.
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