A cracked tooth can be a painful dental problem. While it’s best to see your dentist right away to get a diagnosis and treatment, there are some natural cures and self-care practices that can provide temporary relief and aid in healing.
Rinsing with salt water can help cleanse the area of a crack in your tooth and promote healing. Mix a teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water, and swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds. Spit it out and repeat several times a day. Clove oil can also be used to relieve pain caused by a cracked tooth. Soak a cotton ball in clove oil or use pre-soaked clove oil swabs that are available in some stores. Gently apply the soaked cotton ball to the cracked tooth and surrounding tissues several times a day.
Guava leaves are another effective natural remedy for a cracked tooth. Boil a few guava leaves in water and allow them to cool. Then, using a cotton ball, apply the cooled guava leaf water to the cracked tooth. This should help alleviate the pain and inflammation of a broken tooth.
Avoid chewing on hard objects that can put excessive stress on your teeth, especially the cracks in them. If you grind or clench your teeth, also known as bruxism, make sure to use a mouthguard as prescribed by your dentist. Also, be sure to floss regularly to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth.