In the past, people relied on natural remedies to treat toothache instead of modern medicine. They’ve had no other option, but natural remedies actually worked great until modern dentistry stepped onto the scene.
For a long time, medicine considered cavities the main cause of toothache, but over time, it was discovered that a variety of factors actually play a part in it. Toothache can be caused by fractured teeth, abscesses, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding), damaged fillings, abnormal bite, tooth eruption and tooth decay. The common symptoms of a toothache are sharp and throbbing pain, headache, fever and abnormal swelling around the affected tooth. And, although a dentist can help, there are many natural alternatives you can try to reduce your pain.
Here are the 12 best natural remedies for toothache:
Clove oil is considered one of the best natural remedies against toothache. It contains a lot of eugenol, a compound with analgesic properties that can dull and eliminate the pain. According to some experts, the oil is just as effective against toothache as benzocaine.
To use it, mix a few drops of the oil with some coconut oil and soak a cotton ball in it, then apply it on the painful area. Once the pain is numbed, rinse with water well. Another great option is to chew a clove on the affected area.
This powerful paste will relieve your pain efficiently and eliminate any bacteria that might have caused the toothache. Mix a bit of cayenne pepper powder with a bit of turmeric and water, then apply the paste on the painful tooth and let it work until the area is numb.
Salt water gargle
Gargling a bit of water with a pinch of salt in it can relieve the inflammation and swelling around the tooth and reduce the pain. Just gargle the mixture for about 30 seconds several times a day in order to relieve your toothache.
One study discovered, peppermint tea is a perfect antibacterial agent that can help in cases of toothache. Just drink a few cups of the tea per day and your will relieve all the symptoms of a toothache.
Myrrh is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent which can also kill bacteria. Add a teaspoon of the herb in 2 cups of water, then use the mixture to rinse your mouth in cases of toothache.
Garlic has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help in cases of toothache. Crush a clove and leave it for a few minutes (so its compounds can activate), then add a bit of salt on it and chew it with the painful tooth. You can repeat the process a few times a day for best results.
Vanilla’s scent has soothing properties on the affected tooth, while the alcohol in the extract numbs the pain. Dab some vanilla extract on the painful tooth to relieve the pain and treat the other symptoms of a toothache.
Turmeric has antibacterial and antiviral properties while also possessing the ability to treat gum inflammation, toothache and bad breath. Mix a bit of the powder with a tablespoon of coconut and peppermint oil, then brush your teeth with the paste in order to reduce the pain.
Something as simple as chewing gum can actually stop the pain until you get to a doctor.
Applying ice is the simplest method of numbing the pain caused by toothache. It will relieve the inflammation and swelling until you resolve the problem.
According to several studies, putting a bit of pressure on the spot where the thumb and index finger meet can relieve a toothache better than most medications.
A 2014 study discovered that clove, tea tree, cinnamon, spearmint, peppermint and myrrh oil can effectively reduce the pain caused by toothache and soothe other symptoms as well. They can also destroy the bacteria in your mouth which might have been causing various oral problems.