Which is one of the safest and most utilized toothache home remedies to relieve pain?
• Sips of Whiskey
• Warm salt water
• Crushed aspirin
• OTC Painkillers
Answer: Warm Salt Water
Warm salt water is one of the safest and most utilized toothache home remedies to help relieve pain. Here’s why…
In general, warm salt water can play a key role in inhibiting bacterial growth, partly by making the pH balance of your mouth less acidic, which is harmful to bacteria.
Because it is an isotonic solution that is compatible with your body’s chemistry, salt water generally doesn’t irritate or inflame the fragile tissue inside your mouth; in fact, it is conducive to the healing of damaged and infected tissue.
For best results, use warm (not “hot”) water in order to avoid getting burned, use sea salt (if you prefer), and hold the water in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out. Repeat the process as needed.
Although there are many ways to tend to a toothache, not all of them are safe. Other important considerations are how does each treatment last, is this a short or a long-term solution and how well (if at all) can you afford to pay for the treatment(s) that you need?
Aspirin & Other OTC Painkillers
Because aspirin contains salicylic acid, it’s best if you don’t apply it directly to your tooth, as some people ignorantly suggest. Having said that, because of its many CVD benefits, aspirin is generally a safe and effective painkiller, preferably orally and not on an empty stomach.
Some people, however, need to be wary of aspirin. Such people include anyone on blood thinners, who has had intestinal ulcers, or who has been warned by a physician to not use it.
Bourbon, Vodka or Whiskey
Of all the home remedies listed here, this one is the most questionable one. In fact, some experts advise that you not use this option, unless other options are not available—in other words, let this be merely a “no other option” type of choice.
Ignore this idea altogether if you are taking a medication which may negatively interact with alcohol, are pregnant, or have any medical condition (including an alcohol addiction) that would make this an unacceptable idea.
Having said this, if you do decide to use this option, simply dip a cotton ball in the alcohol of your choice, after which you can place the moistened ball on the tooth or gum area in question. Hold the ball in place for a few minutes.
You can also take a sip of alcohol of your choice, after which you can hold it inside your mouth for as long as you can. Don’t swallow any of the brew—instead, spit out the liquid completely.
Repeat the process several times, as needed. Some people attest that this idea works, while others think it doesn’t help much.
Unfortunately, home remedies are often, at best, a temporary, makeshift solution; your goal, however, should be to permanently (not just safely) resolve the issue.
For the record, if you can afford it or can find some way to pay for it, making an appointment ASAP to see a dentist is the best way to deal with a toothache that won’t go away or doesn’t respond well to home remedies.
~To Your Survival!
The benefits of using salt water for toothache.