By Natasha Gayle
Have you ever had a toothache? Sometimes it's not easy to endure. What makes it especially difficult is when you are unable to see a dentist right away so they can treat it.
But there are ways to relieve some of that tooth pain while you wait to see a dentist--like using vanilla extract. Here's how you can use vanilla extract for toothache relief.
Vanilla extract has antiseptic and analgesic properties, which is why it is so effective at relieving tooth pain, though only temporarily. One of its properties, Eugenol, is often used in dental offices for temporary fillings.
Fortunately for anyone suffering from a toothache, vanilla extract is a common household good that you probably have nearby. It’s primarily used for cooking and baking, but it can also be used to help relieve your toothache, as long as it is pure vanilla extract (imitation vanilla may not be as effective).
Pour some pure vanilla extract onto a cotton ball and then apply it to the gums in the affected area. You may want to leave the cotton ball on the affected area for a few minutes.
Repeat the application of vanilla extract on the affected gums as often as needed.
If the pain lasts more than two or three days without any signs of relief, see your dentist as soon as possible. This home remedy only offers temporary relief. It’s important to visit your dentist to find out what the root of the problem is to prevent further damage. It could very well be a tooth infection, which vanilla extract will not be able to cure.
Word of Caution: Impacted teeth or those associated with tumors can have a negative effect on your overall oral health if not extracted in a timely fashion.
Toothaches can be caused by a number of things – a dental cavity, root exposure (also called receding gums), pulp inflammation and a dental abscess. These can all cause a toothache. In general, a toothache is defined as any varying level of pain you might feel in your teeth or jaw. The pain can often be excruciating, especially if you let it go longer than you should.
Understanding what causes a toothache helps us understand that though vanilla extract is one of the most effective toothache home remedies for relieving the tooth pain, it will not be able to actually cure the problem. The best medicine for a toothache is to visit a dentist. He/she will be able to see and understand what the root of the problem is and recommend treatment so your toothache will go away.
Looking for more toothache home remedy ideas? You’ll find many more here.