Modern medicine has many options when it comes to tooth pain, but natural remedies also have their ways, which can help you avoid the dentist and their solutions as long as you use them properly.
Tooth Pain Causes
Cavities is the underlying cause of tooth pain of course, but there are many other causes, such as:
- Infected gums/ Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Tooth eruption ( in small children)
- An abnormal bite
- Abscessed tooth
- Tooth fracture
- A damaged filling
When it comes to the symptoms, the most common are: a sharp, throbbing or constant pain, fever, headache, and swelling around the teeth.
Here are the 12 At Home Toothache Remedies
1. Clove Oil
Clove oil is rich in eugenol, an ingredient with powerful antiseptic and anesthetic properties which is used in modern dentistry to kill germs and relieve gum pain. What’s more, eugenol is more effective than benzocaine in numbing pain.
Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and mix it with a few drops of clove oil and apply the solution to the area of pain with a cotton ball. After the area gets numb, remove the cotton and rinse your mouth well. Or you can simply chew a few cloves using the affected side of the mouth.
2. Ginger Cayenne Paste
The ginger cayenne paste reduces swelling, alleviates pain, fights off infection, and stops the bleeding. To prepare it, just mix ginger and cayenne in equal amounts and add just a little bit of water. Apply the formula onto the affected tooth with a cotton ball. Leave it on the spot for as much as you can.
3. Salt Water Gargle
Make this solution with a teaspoon of salt and a cup of boiling water. This solution is also good for combating infection and for alleviation of throat pain. It also eases swelling and flushes away debris. Leave tge water to cool down and swirl it around the mouth for half a minute.
4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint oil is a very effective antiseptic solution for fighting against oral pathogens. For best results, drink peppermint tea made of a teaspoon of peppermint leaves that are steeped for about 15-20 minutes. The best thing about this delicious tea, is that it will also alleviate bad headache and bad breath, both of which are typical side effects of tooth pain.
Myrrh has astringent properties that help with inflammation, and if you rinse your mouth with myrrh you will notice the benefits of reducing bacteria. Just simmer a teaspoon if myrrh in two cups of water, leave it for a couple of minutes to cool down and use it a few times daily.
6. Raw Garlic
Garlic is a natural antibiotic, it has the power to fight fungi, bacteria, and viruses. It is best to use raw garlic when using it for medicinal purposes. Crush a garlic clove and leave it for a few minutes so that it can activate its compounds. Add some salt and apply it onto the painful tooth. Or, you can just chew the clove a few times a day using the affected tooth.
7. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla’s scent acts as soothing agent that fights the anxiety associated to a toothache, and the alcohol content of vanilla acts as numbing agent. To alleviate your toothache, dab some vanilla extract on your finger and rub it onto the affected tooth. Repeat this twice a day.
8. Turmeric Paste
Turmeric paste has many antiviral and antibacterial properties that able it to fight bad breath, gum redness, irritation, and tooth stains. To prepare this paste mix a tablespoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a few drops of peppermint oil. Brush your teeth with the paste same as you would do with a regular one. Leave it to act for a couple of minutes and rinsing it.
9. Chewing Gum
It can be extremely painful to you lose a filling or break a tooth, especially near the exposed area. To alleviate the pain, even for a short time, chew a gum on the opposite side of the mouth and apply the chewed gum onto the affected tooth.
Just by applying ice or a cold compress on the cheek on the painful tooth can help you alleviate the tooth pain and swelling if you have one.
When you have toothache just apply some pressure to the hand on the affected side, at the point where the base of the index finger and the thumb meet. To start releasing the pain-relieving endorphins just hold for a couple of minutes on that place.
12. Essential Oils
Essential oil rinses are proven to be equally effective in inhibiting plaque. There is not a big difference when it comes to the effect of amine fluoride/stannous fluoride and essential oils on plaque inhibitory. Because hlorhexidine can cause staining of teeth if you use it for a longer period of time, you can use essential oils to rinse. You can use oils usch as cinnamon, clove, tea tree oil, spearmint, peppermint, and myrrh.