Many pains within the human body can become quite unbearable, but nothing comes even close to the seemingly innocent toothache. Toothache is particularly dangerous because it connects parts of the head and it is closer to the brain than any other organ. Dentists tend to perform severe treatments just to relieve the pain, but there are easier and more natural ways to get rid of this discomfort.
However, if any of these methods fail, you should be wise and visit the dentist’s office at once.
What Causes Toothache?
Aside from cavities, which are the leading reason for toothache, there are other factors that can, too, contribute to the pain.
Here is what else can trigger your suffering:
- Tooth decay
- Abscessed tooth
- Tooth crack
- A damaged filling
- Chewing aggressively and teeth grinding
- Inflamed gums
- Unusual bites
- Tooth eruption (in young children)
These conditions are followed by various symptoms, such as:
Severe tooth pain, sharp sudden toothache or occasional discomfort. In some cases the pain arrives with every pressure applied on the tooth. It can also be activated by a tooth swelling or by a fever or a migraine.
Aching tooth that lasts longer than a couple of days asks for immediate attention. If it is followed by a fever, earache, or oral cavity pain which disables chewing and swallowing, you need to take further steps to treat it.
For every less severe tooth pain, here are 11 home treatments that could help:
- Clove Oil
Rich in eugenol, an anesthetic and antiseptic substance, clove oil is able to reduce gum pain and kill off bacteria.
Prepare a cocktail of 1 tsp. coconut oil and 2-3 drops of clove oil. Place liquid on the area and let it act for several minutes. Remove cotton ball when the area begins to stiffen and be careful not to swallow the clove oil.
As an option, you can chew a few cloves where the pain is stronger. Afterwards, rinse well and remove cloves.
- Ginger Cayenne Paste
This remedy will promote amazing oral health while keeping you safe from bleeding, swelling, pain, and infection.
Combine parts of ginger and cayenne and form a paste. Use cotton ball to soak into the paste and apply on aching tooth. Keep paste away from gums and tongue. Leave it on until the pain is reduced and make sure not to swallow it.
- Salt Water Gargle
Mix one teaspoon of salt with one cup of boiling water. This keeps the oral cavity healthy and also helps the throat heal. Be careful not to burn yourself with the water. Gargle for about half a minute then spit it out and repeat if necessary.
- Peppermint Tea
Peppermint oil has been proven to reduce inflammation and according to many studies, this is the go-to plant when it comes to pain. Drink peppermint tea made from 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves minimum, soaked in water for 20 minutes.
Also, you can try the chewing thing again and apply it of the painful area.
“Myrrh’s astringent properties help with inflammation, and a rinse can offer the added benefit of reducing bacteria,” says writes RDH.
Mix a teaspoon of powdered myrrh with two cups of water. After it has cooled off, use it as treatment up to six times per day. Always do this treatment after eating.
Furthermore, you can mix a myrrh tincture with water and soak a cotton ball in order to apply it on aching tooth.
This remedy has a short-term use, so avoid using it for longer periods of time to avoid kidney damage.
- Raw Garlic
Garlic is marvelous for various purposes, including toothache. It contains allicin, which kills off any bacteria or infections in the mouth. Make sure to always use raw garlic, since the heat changes its properties.
Crush a clove of garlic and give it 15 minutes to release its beneficial qualities. Now, you can puree it and mx it with salt, after which you need to apply it on the painful spot, or chew it at the affected area.
Proceed with each of the treatments 2-3 times during the day.
- Vanilla Extract
According to Arizona Family Dental, the vanilla extract can be used with alcohol, in which way it will release its beneficial properties immediately.
To treat toothache, rub a little vanilla extract on your finger and massage both the tooth and gums equally. Repeat two to three times during the day.
- Turmeric Paste
Aside from being able to treat toothache, this paste can provide a lot of antibacterial and antiviral characteristics. You can also use it to fight irritation, gum redness, bad breath, and tooth stains.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ -1 tsp. turmeric powder
- A few drops of peppermint oil
First, combine all ingredients in a blender and form a thick paste. Use a wet toothbrush to collect parts of the paste.
Give your teeth a good brushing and let the paste act from 3-5 minutes. Finally, spit everything out and rinse well. Repeat on a daily basis.
Use opposite thumb and press the affected area. Keep pressure on for two minutes and enjoy the relief.
As traditional as it may sound, ice works wonders for an aching tooth. Apply ice cubes on the affected area. Use external compresses on the cheek. This is a temporary fix, meaning you’ll still have to hit the dentist’s office.
10. Essential Oils
Back in 2014, a study conducted on the topic and published in the Journal of International Oral Health explained:
“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.” (11)
The following essential oils are the best option to relieve toothache:
- Tea Tree Oil
Aside from the aforementioned treatments, you need to keep an ideal oral hygiene and make sure to brush your teeth twice a day. Flossing is an option, thus you can consult your dentists about it.
In case your teeth are subjected to more decay than the others’, make salt and water rinses after every meal.
Remember, the dentist is your friend and natural products are too!