Experiencing a toothache can be really excruciating as in some cases can lead to a severe pain which is manifested by a sharp, throbbing or constant pain, headache, swelling around the tooth, and fever.
The common reason for this pain is a tooth cavity, but it can be a result of other reasons too, like the following ones:
Gum disease or infected gums
A damaged filling
An abnormal bite
Repetitive motions like grinding or chewing hard foods or grinding teeth
Tooth eruption ( in small children)
Nowadays a toothache can be treated in many ways; however before the development of modern dentistry, people used only natural remedies to treat their dental issues.
These natural remedies should not be neglected as they have been effective for centuries and because of that we can still use it and thus avoid the visit to the dentist’s office.
Here are the most effective ones:
12 Natural Toothache Remedies
This oil is rich in eugenol, a potent antiseptic and anesthetic compound that can kill germs and soothe gum pain. According to conducted studies it is as effective as benzocaine in numbing pain.
Use: mix a few drops of clove oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil, and then with cotton ball dip in this mixture and apply it on the painful area. Once the affected place becomes numb, remove it, and rinse the mouth with water. Likewise, you can chew a few cloves on the painful side of the mouth.
Garlic is a potent herb showing many powerful properties. This plant can fight off fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Therefore, crush a clove, and then let it aside for a few minutes in order to activate its powerful compound allicin, and then add some salt, and apply it on the painful tooth. Likewise, you can chew clove several times during the day by using the affected tooth.
This natural toothpaste shows powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties which can be of great assistance in gum redness, irritations, foul breath, and tooth stains. For that purpose mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder, several drops of peppermint oil, and a tablespoon of coconut oil. The resulting mixture apply it in your toothbrush and with it brush the teeth. Let it act for a few minutes, and after that rinse.
Ginger Cayenne Paste
The ginger cayenne paste will relieve the pain and swelling, regulate bleeding and fight off the infection.
Here it is how to prepare it: mix equal parts of cayenne and ginger, and then add some water and thus create a paste. Apply it on the painful area by using cotton ball, and let it act.
According to a 2014 study essential oils can be extremely beneficial for the dental health. Here are the findings of this study:
“Essential oil rinses are found to be equally effective in inhibiting plaque. A study carried out by Pizzo et al. on plaque inhibitory effect of amine fluoride/stannous fluoride and essential oils showed no significant difference in efficacy of both.
As chlorhexidine causes staining of teeth on long term use, essential oils can be used as an alternative to chlorhexidine rinse. Essential oils have shown to possess antimicrobial activity against subgingival periopathogens, too.”
For optimal results, you should use clove, tea tree, myrrh, cinnamon, and myrrh and spearmint essential oils.
As per the findings of RDH, “myrrh’s astringent properties help with inflammation, and a rinse can offer the added benefit of reducing bacteria”. Hence, prepare a homemade myrrh rinse by simmering 1 teaspoon of myrrh in 2 cups of water. Turn off the heat and let it cool off, and once it is cooled use it several times during the day.
According to a conducted 2013 study peppermint oil displays powerful antiseptic properties which are very beneficial against oral pathogens. In order to treat a toothache and as well as a bad breath you should drink peppermint tea prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves for 15 to 20 minutes.
The famous scent of vanilla will relieve the anxiety caused by the toothache, and the alcohol content will numb the pain. For that purpose, you should dab vanilla extracts on your finger and then rub it carefully on the affected tooth two times a day and in that way soothe the pain.
Salt Water Gargle
This gargle will relieve the pain and infections, eliminate debris, and ease the swelling. Prepare it by adding a teaspoon of salt into a cup of boiling water. Leave it aside to cool down, and then gargle it for 30 seconds.
In order to alleviate the pain and swelling before visiting your dentist, apply an ice or a cold compress on the affected cheek.
The chewing gum can help you in soothing the irritation and pain on the area that is around a broken tooth, or around a tooth which lacks the filling. Chew a gum on the opposite side of the mouth and then apply it onto the painful tooth.
You can perform a simple acupressure by pressing the hand and thus relieve the pain. Use the place where the base of the index finger and the thumb meet, and hold it for several minutes. This pressure will stimulate the release of endorphins, and thus soothe the pain.