12 All Natural Toothache Remedies Your Dentist Doesn’t Want You To Know About
Written by: Sara Wylie
Have you ever wondered how people in the past dealt with toothaches?
Obviously they didn’t have the same dental care and technology and medicinal advancements that we do in this day and age. No one really talks about it, but there are actually some natural alternative remedies you can try to help ease your pain.
What Cause Toothaches?
While cavities are the common assumption for why someone must have a toothache, there are actually several other causes that can trigger that horrible, uncomfortable pain:
- Fractured teeth
- Gum disease
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Damaged fillings
- Abnormal bite
- Tooth eruption
- Tooth decay
What Are They Symptoms Of A Toothache?
The most common symptoms people experience are:
- Sharp and throbbing pain
- Abnormal swelling/inflammation
While there are clearly some severe causes of a toothache that may need medical attention from your dentist or doctor, there are some natural alternative remedies that you can try to help ease and relieve your pain and even help you weather the ailment until you receive medical attention if that becomes necessary.
12 Natural Alternative Remedies For Toothaches
#1. Clove Oil
Clove oil is considered one of the top, most effective natural remedies against toothaches. It contains an element known as eugenol, which is capable of dulling or numbing pain, very similar to popular painkillers often prescribed for toothache pain.
How to use it: mix a few drops of the clove oil with some coconut oil, soak the mixture into a cotton ball and then apply it to the inflamed area. Once area feels numbed, clean and rinse well with water.
#2. Ginger-Cayenne Paste
This is a strong mixture that can help relieve your pain and also kill off any potentially threatening bacteria that might have contributed to the toothache.
How to use it: mix a bit of cayenne powder with some ginger and water to make a paste, then apply it to the infected tooth and let it sit until the pain starts to numb.
#3. Salt Water Gargle
Simply gargling some salt with water can help reduce pain and also help combat any inflammation or swelling.
How to use it: just put some salt in enough water to gargle and gargle the mixture for about 30 seconds several times a day.
#4. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea is a potent antibacterial drink that can help relieve toothaches.
How to use it: simply brew some basic peppermint tea and enjoy it a couple times a day to help remedy the toothache.
Myrrh is a natural inflammation-reducing, analgesic agent that can help combat potentially harmful bacteria.
How to use it: add a teaspoon of myrrh to two cups of water, then use it as a natural rinse.
Garlic is a powerful and potent food that contains inflammation-reducing, antibacterial properties that can also be effective against toothaches.
How to use it: crush a clove of garlic (to help activate its remedying properties), add a bit of salt and chew on it with the painful tooth. You can repeat this a few times a day.
#7. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla has a scent that is naturally soothing and can help when it comes to the stress and pain of a toothache. Vanilla extract also typically contains alcohol, which can help numb the pain as well.
How to use it: simply dab some vanilla extract onto the pained tooth to help remedy the pain.
#8. Turmeric Paste
Turmeric is one of the most powerful spices known to man and has antibacterial, antiviral and strong inflammation reducing properties that can be great in the fight with a toothache, especially if there is swelling and bacteria involved. It can help remedy bad breath, too!
How to use it: mix some turmeric powder with a tablespoon of coconut oil and peppermint oil, then brush your teeth with the paste, focusing on the pained tooth. Spit paste out just as you would toothpaste once finished.
#9. Chewing Gum
If you’re making your way to the doctor or dentist to help with your toothache, chewing gum can actually help soothe the pain until you get the medical attention you need.
How to use it: get some safe, preferably naturally sweetened gum to carefully chew on until you reach the doctor.
One of the simplest and most popular go-tos for pain and toothaches is pressing ice against the hurting area. This can help relieve the pain and also reduce the inflammation and swelling.
How to use it: get some ice wrapped up in a towel or fabric, an ice pack, or something else frozen and carefully press against pained area for about 20-30 minutes at a time.
Acupressure is an increasingly popular choice for helping approach and deal with pain. When it comes to a toothache, it can be an effective alternative.
How to use it: on your hand, pressing the spot between where you thumb and index finger meet can help sooth the pain of a toothache.
#12. Essential Oils
Certain essential oils, such as clove, tea tree, peppermint and myrrh can help reduce the pain of a toothache and sooth other symptoms as well. They can also help combat bacteria and protect the pained tooth and keep it from getting further infected.
How to use it: if you’re going to try using essential oils, be sure to carefully follow the instructions of the essential oil providers and never swallow or ingest oils, unless instructed by someone who knows what they’re doing. Essential oils are most often meant to be used topically or aromatically.
Of course, when it comes to any sort of alternative approach to ailments such as toothaches, it’s still recommended that you seek out medical attention or guidance to make sure there isn’t any serious or severe underlying cause for your toothache and that your chosen approach is best for your individual condition.
Have you ever tried any of these remedies for a toothache? Did you know that you had other options for soothing toothache pain? Share your thoughts and experiences with us, we’d love to hear from you.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Sara Wylie resides in Utah where she is currently working as an Editorial Intern for Fitlife.tv while also pursuing a career in writing. She hopes that through her words and fiery passion, she will be able to not only inspire others to seek out and nourish their own passions, but to also help others feel what it’s like to truly be alive.
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