Some of the most common toothache symptoms are constant, sharp and throbbing pain, tooth swelling, headache and fever.
In many cases, cavities can be the reason for toothache, but in some cases there are other reasons as well and those include:
• Damaged filling
• Tooth decay
• An abnormal bite
• Gum disease / infected gums
• Abscessed tooth
• Tooth fracture
• Repetitive motions, including grinding teeth or chewing hard foods
• Tooth eruption (common among small children)
Nowadays, there are different options for relieving a toothache and in the past people mostly used natural medicines instead going to the doctor immediately.
Some of them are very efficient and they can help a lot and the best part is that you can be able to avoid the dentist.
We present you some of them:
1. Essential Oils
It was discovered in one from 2014 that rinsing with essential oils can be extremely effective for inhibiting plague.
The study was conducted by Pizzo et al. about the inhibitory effect of plague of stannous fluoride/amine fluoride and essential oil – there was no difference in both.
Instead of chlorexeidine which can cause teeth staining use essential oils that have potent antimicrobial properties and can treat subgingival periopathogens as well. For achieving best results use peppermint, clove, cinnamon, spearmint, myrrh or tea tree oil.
2. Peppermint Tea
In a study conducted in 2013 it was discovered that peppermint oil contains powerful antiseptic properties and they can be used as a weapon against oral pathogens. Take peppermint tea made of 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves that are steeped in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. This can help you to treat toothaches and bad breath as well.
3. Clove Oil
Clove oil contains a lot of eugenol. It is a potent anesthetic and has antiseptic properties which are able to kill of germs and reduce gum pain. It was discovered in studies that it can just as effective as benzocaine.
Take couple of drops of clove oil and mix it with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Take a cotton ball and apply the mixture on the area that hurts. Once the area is numb, you can remove the cotton ball and rinse the mouth. Another option is chewing cloves on the area that you feel pain.
4. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla scent is able to sooth the anxiety related to a toothache. It contains alcohol as well which can numb the pain. That is why when you have a toothache, dab the fingertip in vanilla and rub the aching tooth, 2 times in a day.
5. Turmeric Paste
Combine one teaspoon of turmeric powder, few peppermint oil drops and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix and make a paste. Brush your teeth with the paste. The mixture should act for couple of minutes and after you should rinse your mouth.
It has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is amazing for irritations, bad breath, gum redness and tooth stain.
6. Ginger Cayenne Paste
Combine ginger and cayenne pepper in equal parts and add some water in order to make the paste. Apply the paste on the area that hurts and leave it to act. It is amazing for swelling, infections, bleeding and pain soothing.
7. Salt Water Gargle
In one cup of boiling water add one teaspoon of salt and when it is cooled down gargle for couple of minutes. This is going to reduce the infections and pain, remove debris and help you to reduce swelling as well.
Myrrh contains astringent properties and it can fight off inflammation. Rinse with myrrh is great for reducing bacteria growth in the mouth as well. You can make homemade myrrh paste by simmering 2 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of myrrh. Once it is cooled down you can use it as a rinse, couple of times in a day.
9. Raw Garlic
Garlic is efficient for treating bacteria, fungi and viruses. Crush one garlic clove and let it sit in order to activate its compounds. Couple of minutes later, add a little bit of salt and place the clove over the painful tooth.
For reducing pain and swelling before your visit to the dentist, keep cold compress or ice on your cheek.
11. Chewing Gum
If a tooth lacks its filling or the tooth is broken it can cause pain and irritation. For reducing the pain, take a gum and chew it on the opposite side of the tooth that hurts. Place the gum over the painful tooth.
In addition to these amazing homemade remedies there is also an option for making your own homemade toothpaste which requires 3 ingredients only:
– 3 tablespoons of baking soda
– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 8 to 15 drops of essential oil (use some of the abovementioned)
Combine the ingredients and once you form a paste transfer it into a small jar. Because the ingredients can separate it is important to mix them before you use them.