A toothache is one of the most unbearable pains in the human body. It is especially dangerous because it’s close to the brain compared to any other organ.
Dentists normally perform severe treatments simply to ease the pain. However, there are easier, natural ways to relieve this pain.
Shall we look at those natural toothache remedies?
What Causes Toothache?
Several factors can trigger tooth aches. They include:
- Tooth crack
- Tooth decay
- A damaged filling
- Unusual bites
- Abscessed tooth
- Tooth eruption (in young children)
- Teeth grinding
- Inflamed gums
Any tooth pain that lasts more than a few days needs immediate attention. If the pain is followed by an earache, fever, or oral cavity pain that makes chewing and swallowing difficult, you should take further actions to treat it.
Here are 10 Home Remedies You Can Use for A toothache:
- Clove Oil
Clove oil has antiseptic and anesthetic properties. It’s also rich in eugenol. It can neutralize bacteria and alleviate gum pain.
Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with 2-3 drops of clove oil. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture on the affected area and leave it to act for a couple of minutes.
Remove the cotton ball when the area starts to stiffen. Don’t swallow the mixture.
- Ginger Cayenne Paste
This remedy is effective in relieving teeth pain, swelling, infection, and bleeding. Prepare a paste by mixing equal amounts of ginger and cayenne. Then, soak a cotton ball in the paste and apply it on the affected tooth. Avoid contact with the tongue and gums. Leave it thus until the pain subsides.
- Salt Water Gargle
Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of boiling water. This solution effectively promotes the oral cavity and throat health. Simply gargle it for about 30 minutes and then spit it.
- Peppermint Tea
To relieve a toothache, simply drink peppermint tea prepared with at least a teaspoon of peppermint leaves soaked in water for about 20 minutes.
According to RDH:
“Myrrh’s astringent properties help with inflammation, and a rinse can offer the added benefit of reducing bacteria.”
Add a teaspoon of powdered myrrh to two cups of water. Allow the solution to cool and then use it up to six times every day. You should use the remedy after meals.
Alternatively, mix a myrrh tincture with water, soak a cotton ball in it, and apply it on the affected tooth.
- Raw Garlic
Garlic contains allicin, which combats bacteria responsible for oral cavity infections. After crushing a garlic clove, leave it for about 15 minutes to release its beneficial properties.
Then, puree it and mix it with salt. Afterward, apply it on the affected area. You can also chew it at the affected tooth. Do this 2-3 times a day.
- Vanilla Extract
To relieve a toothache, rub some vanilla extract on your finger. Then, massage both your tooth and gums equally. You should do this 2-3 times a day.
- Turmeric Paste
Turmeric is effective in treating toothache, fighting irritation, neutralizing bad breath, as well as combating gum redness.
Here’s how to prepare this remedy.
- ½ -1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- A tablespoon of coconut oil
- Some drops of peppermint oil
Blend the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Then, collect some of the paste using a wet toothbrush. Brush your teeth thoroughly and leave the paste to act for about 5 minutes. Lastly, spit everything before rinsing properly. You should do this every day.
Use opposite thumb and press the aching tooth. Maintain the pressure for about two minutes. Enjoy the relief.
10. Essential Oils
According to 2014 study published in the Journal of International Oral Health:
“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.”
These essential oils are the most effective in relieving toothache:
- Tea Tree Oil
Besides these natural treatments, you should also maintain proper oral hygiene. Always brush your teeth twice a day. If your teeth are prone to decay, consider doing salt and water rinses after meals. For flossing, your dentist should advise if it’s right for you.