Toothaches were common all throughout history, but have you even wondered how people resolved the problem before modern dentistry was invented? People in the past relied on natural remedies in order to soothe their toothaches, and while modern medicine does offer great treatments, treating the problem naturally isn’t out of the question.
The main cause of toothache are tooth cavities, but there is more than one factor involved in the pain. Toothache can be caused by gum disease, repeated motion with the teeth (grinding, chewing hard food), tooth eruption, abscesses, abnormal bite, damaged filling and tooth decay. You probably know the symptoms – a toothache manifests through dull or throbbing pain as well as swelling in the area, headache and even fever
Here are 12 natural toothache remedies that really work:
Clove oil contains eugenol, a natural analgesic and antiseptic that can soothe the pain in your teeth. Furthermore, the oil has antibacterial properties as well, meaning it can destroy the bacteria responsible for the problem. To use it, mix a few drops of clove oil with some coconut oil, then apply the oily mixture on the painful area with the help of a cotton ball. Leave the cotton ball on the spot until the area is numb and repeat the process for as much as you like.
A paste of cayenne pepper and ginger will reduce the inflammation in the surrounding area and relieve the pain quickly. To prepare it, mix equal amounts of both spices, then dip a cotton ball in it and put it on the painful tooth. Leave it to work until it dulls the pain.
Add a teaspoon of salt in a cup of boiling water, then leave the mixture to cool down before gargling it. This will reduce the inflammation in your oral cavity and relieve the swelling and pain.
A 2013 study has found out that peppermint oil has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can dull a toothache. If you can’t find peppermint oil, brew a cup of peppermint tea and gargle it for 10 minutes.
Myrrh is a herb with antibacterial, antiseptic and pain-relieving properties which work great against a toothache. Add 2 teaspoons of dry myrrh in a cup of water, then use the mixture as a rinse in order to soothe the pain.
Garlic can fight almost any type of germ and has been used for medicinal purposes for quite a long time. To reduce your toothache, all you need to do is take a garlic clove, sprinkle some salt on it, then chew it with the painful tooth. You can do the same with cloves as well.
Surprisingly, vanilla extract makes the list. It works in two ways – the scent fights off the anxiety associated with the pain, while the alcohol in the extract dulls it. To use it, just dab a bit on the tooth and the surrounding area twice a day.
Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and is highly useful in cases of gum disease and toothache. You can mix a bit of the powder with some coconut oil, then use a cotton pad or ball to apply it on the painful tooth. Or just brush your teeth with the paste like with a regular toothpaste to prevent oral problems.
If your toothache is caused by a loose or missing filling, chewing gum can temporarily close the spot and stop the pain. Chew a gum for 5 minutes, then apply it on the affected area to prevent further problems until you get to the dentist.
Applying an ice cube on the affected area will soothe the inflammation and swelling and reduce the pain. Just put an ice compress on the affected area of the cheek or directly on the tooth – it may hurt for a minute, but you’ll feel much-needed relief later.
Apple pressure on the spot between the thumb and index finger to boost the release of endorphins and temporarily soothe the toothache.
According to a 2014 study, essential oils such as clove, peppermint, tea tree oil and myrrh oil soothe a toothache just as good as painkillers. These oils also have antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can help destroy the bacteria that may be responsible for the pain.