Common symptoms of a toothache include throbbing or constant pain swelling around the tooth, a headache or fever.
Mainly, tooth pain is a result of cavities. However, there are some cases wherein its causes are as follows:
1. Tooth decay
2. Infected gums/ Gum disease
3. Tooth fracture
4. Tooth eruption ( in small children)
5. A damaged filling
6. Abscessed tooth
7. Repetitive motions, such as chewing hard foods or grinding teeth
8. An abnormal bite
At present, we do have a lot of options to choose from in order to ease a toothache. Yet, there are some natural remedies you may opt to use if you suffer from tooth pain.
These are the twelve most effective ones:
1. Essential Oils
Essential oils are effective in reducing plaque. As chlorhexidine causes staining of teeth, essential oils can be used as its alternative. It also possesses antimicrobial activity against subgingival periodontal pathogens. For best effects, tea tree oil, use clove, peppermint, spearmint, myrrh, and cinnamon.
2. Peppermint Tea
Because of its potent antiseptic property, peppermint oil is useful against oral pathogens. To treat toothaches and bad breath, drink peppermint tea with a teaspoon of peppermint leaves steeped for 15-20 minutes.
3. Clove Oil
Clove oil contains a high amount of eugenol. This eugenol is considered as a powerful anesthetic and antiseptic that can relieve gum pain and destroy germs. It’s as effective a benzocaine in numbing pain.
Combine few drops of this oil and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the painful area using a cotton ball. When the affected area is numb, remove the cotton then wash the mouth. Using your painful side of the mouth, you can also chew a few cloves.
4. Vanilla Extract
The scent of vanilla eases the anxiety connected to a toothache. Additionally, its alcohol content has the ability to numb the pain. Using your finger, rub the vanilla onto the painful tooth. Do this twice daily to relieve the pain.
5. Turmeric Paste
Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and several drops of peppermint oil. Prepare a paste. Brush the paste onto the teeth and leave it for 3 minutes. Rinse it.
It has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps fight irritations, tooth stain, bad breath, and gum redness.
6. Ginger Cayenne Paste
Prepare a paste using an equal amount of ginger and cayenne and water. Use a cotton ball to apply the paste on the painful area. Leave it for a few minutes in order to fight off infections, soothe the pain and control bleeding.
7. Salt Water Gargle
Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of boiling water. Gargle it for half a minute as soon as it cools. It will ease the pain and swelling and remove debris.
According to RDH, the properties of myrrh are the one that helps with inflammation. A rinse of it can reduce the amount of bacteria. Here’s how to prepare a myrrh rinse: Boil a teaspoon of myrrh in 2 cups of water. Leave it cool and use several times throughout the day.
9. Raw Garlic
Garlic effectively fights viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Crush the clove. In order to activate its compounds, you have to leave it for a couple of minutes. Add some salt and apply on the painful tooth. You may also opt to chew clove using the affected tooth.
Before going to the dentist, apply a cold compress or an ice on the cheek to relieve the pain and swelling.
11. Chewing Gum
You usually feel the pain on areas around a tooth lacking its filling or on areas with a broken tooth. To ease you from suffering, chew a gum on the opposite side of the mouth. Then apply it onto the painful tooth.
Try to press the hand on the affected side, just on the place where the thumb and the index finger meet. Hold it for several minutes. This will fuel the release of endorphins, which will ease the pain.