Toothache common symptoms are sharp, throbbing or constant pain, swelling around the tooth, fever, and a headache. Tooth pain in most cases is a result of cavities, but it might also be a result of other causes as well, such as:
- Infected gums/ Gum disease
- Tooth fracture
- Repetitive motions, such as chewing hard foods or grinding teeth
- Tooth eruption
- An abnormal bite
- Tooth decay
- A damaged filling
- Abscessed tooth
Nowadays, we have numerous options to choose in order to soothe a toothache, but before modern dentistry, people used natural remedies only.
Natural alternatives are much more effective and can be of great help when you suffer from a toothache and would rather avoid visiting your dentist.
Twelve most effective ones:
According to one study in 2014, essential oil are equally effective in inhibiting plaque. One study carried out by Pizzo et al. on plaque inhibitory effect of amine fluoride/stannous fluoride and essential oils and found no significant difference in efficacy of both.
Essential oils can be used as an alternative to chlorhexidine rinse. These essential oils possess antimicrobial activity against subgingival periopathogens, too.”
Use clove, tea tree oil, peppermint, myrrh, cinnamon, and spearmint for best effects.
According to study in 2013 peppermint oil has antiseptic properties that are useful against oral pathogens. Consume peppermint tea with a teaspoon of peppermint leaves steeped for 15-20 minutes, to treat bad breath and toothaches.
This oil is high in eugenol, that has powerful antiseptic and anesthetic properties that destroy germs and relieve gum pain. It was found that it is as effective as benzocaine in numbing pain.
Combine a few drops of this oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil, and using a cotton ball, apply the mixture on the painful area. If the place is numb, remove it, and wash the mouth. Also you can chew a few cloves using the painful side of the mouth.
You should know that the scent of vanilla soothes the anxiety linked to a toothache, and its alcohol content numbs the pain. You should dab vanilla extracts on the finger and rub it onto the painful tooth twice daily to relieve the pain.
You should combine a teaspoon of turmeric powder, several drops of peppermint oil, and a tablespoon of coconut oil, and prepare a paste. After that brush the teeth and leave it to act for a few minutes and rinse.
This paste has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties and will help you fight bad breath, irritations, gum redness, and tooth stains.
Ginger Cayenne Paste
In equal amounts mix cayenne and ginger, add some water and prepare a paste. After that apply it on the painful place using a cotton ball, and leave it to act in order to soothe the pain and swelling, fight off infection, and control bleeding.
Salt Water Gargle
You should add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of boiling water, and as soon as it cools, gargle it for half a minute. This remedy will alleviate pain and infections, remove debris, and ease the swelling.
Myrrh’s astringent properties help with inflammation, and also offer the added benefit of reducing bacteria, according to RDH. Simmer a teaspoon of myrrh in 2 cups of water to prepare a homemade myrrh rinse, leave it to cool, and use it several times during the day.
It can fight fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Crush the clove, leave it for a couple of minutes to activate its compounds, add some salt, and apply it on the painful tooth. Also you can chew clove several times daily using the affected tooth.
Apply an ice or a cold compress on the cheek to soothe the swelling and pain before going to the dentist.
You probably know area around a broken tooth, or around a tooth which lacks the filling is irritated and painful. Chew a gum on the opposite side of the mouth and apply it onto the painful tooth to relieve this pain.
You should press the hand on the affected side, on the place where the base of the index finger and the thumb meet, and hold for several minutes. That stimulate the release of endorphins, which will relieve the pain.