Tooth pain was as common before modern dentistry as it is now, but then people had no other option but rely on natural remedies to address their pain.
While modern medicine comes with its own options, natural remedies can help avoid the dentist and their solutions as long as used properly.
Tooth Pain Causes
Although cavities is believed to be the underlying cause of tooth pain, there are many other causes, too. Among them are:
– Repetitive motions, such as chewing hard foods or grinding teeth
– Infected gums/ Gum disease
– Tooth decay
– Tooth eruption ( in small children)
– An abnormal bite
– Abscessed tooth
– Tooth fracture
– A damaged filling
As for the symptoms, some of the most common include a sharp, throbbing or constant pain, fever, headache, and swelling around the teeth.
12 At Home Toothache Remedies
1. Clove Oil
Clove oil contains high levels of eugenol, an anesthetic and antiseptic compound. It’s even used in modern dentistry to relieve gum pain and kill germs during extractions, fillings, and root canals. One study even found that it’s as effective in numbing pain as the synthetic local anesthetic benzocaine (3).
To use, mix 1 tsp of coconut oil with 2-3 drops of clove oil. Apply directly to the area of pain using a cotton ball and leave on for a few minutes. Once the area is numb, remove the ball and rinse your mouth to avoid swallowing the clove oil.
Alternatively, chew a few cloves using the teeth closest to the site of your pain. Once your gums and tongue feel tingly, discard the cloves and rinse out your mouth. Repeat as needed.
2. Ginger Cayenne Paste
This antibiotic paste helps control bleeding, reduce swelling, relieve pain, and fight infection (4,5). To make, mix equal parts of ginger and cayenne with a little bit of water to make a paste. Saturate a cotton ball in the formula and apply to your tooth, away from your gums and tongue. Leave it on as long as possible and avoid swallowing if possible.
3. Salt Water Gargle
This simple solution uses a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of boiling water to fight infection and relieve throat pain. It’s also a great solution to flush away debris and ease swelling. Make sure to let the water to cool slightly and swish around for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out. Repeat as needed.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint oil is an effective intracanal antiseptic solution against oral pathogens, according to a 2013 study (6). The best way to make the remedy work for you is by drinking peppermint tea containing at least 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves steeped for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will also relieve bad breath and a bad headache, a typical side-effect tooth pain.
Alternatively, steep up some strong black tea, drink up, and place a warm wet tea bag against affected tooth.
“Myrrh’s astringent properties help with inflammation, and a rinse can offer the added benefit of reducing bacteria,” writes RDH (7). To make your own myrrh rinse, simmer one teaspoon of powdered myrrh in two cups of water. Let it cool and use five or six times a daily, after eating.
You can also simply buy a myrrh tincture at your local health food store, dilute in water, and apply the solution to the affected tooth using a cotton swab. Do not use myrrh long-term and avoid if you suffer from kidney problems.
6. Raw Garlic
Garlic is great for several reasons, one of them is a toothache. It contains allicin, which can kill bacteria and infections in the mouth. However, make sure you use the raw one because the heat will modify the properties of the garlic.
Just crush a garlic clove and give it 15 minutes to release its beneficial qualities. When this is done, you can puree it and mix it with salt. Then, apply it to the spot or chew where it hurts. Do this 2-3 times a day.
7. Turmeric Paste
Turmeric is another wonderful anti-inflammatory herb, and a great toothache healer. Turmeric helps relieve pain, is highly antiseptic and works as an effective antibacterial.
Make a past of turmeric by mixing 1 tsp. of turmeric powder with a little bit of distilled water, and then apply to the affected area with a cotton ball (leave the cotton ball in place for about an hour before bed).
You should use opposite thumbs to press the affected area. Make sure you keep the pressure for 2 minutes and enjoy the relief.
Ice will do wonders for a toothache. Just apply some ice cubes on the affected area. Make sure you use external compresses on the cheek. This will, however, fix the problem only temporarily, you will still need to go to the dentist’s.
10. Essential Oils
A2014 study published in the Journal of International Oral Health writes:
“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.”
Here are a few essential oils you can try:
– Tea Tree Oil
Preventing Tooth Pain
Regular tooth hygiene is important to prevent many of the causes of tooth pain. Brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and at night. While the jury isn’t out on whether you should floss or not, it may be a good idea to it anyways, especially if you often get food stuck in your teeth.
Additionally, if you’re prone to gum disease and cavities, rinse with warm salt water after eating. With proper daily care, a healthy diet, and the odd use of the toothache remedies above, your smile will shine brightly for years to come.