8 Natural Ways to Cope With Toothache
Toothaches have a way of hitting you at the most awkward moments and can severely thwart your ability to accomplish your everyday activities. A toothache is a dreadful pain that sends a lot of people running straight to the dentist. Unfortunately, toothaches have a nasty habit of striking in the night, thanks to changes in blood flow, and especially when the dentist’s office is closed.
Or, you simply can’t make it to a dentist at that precise moment.
For example, if your city is hit with a disaster, it might not be possible to get to the dentist immediately. So, I am listing below some established home remedies for toothache pain that you can use to soothe you until you can seek medical attention.
Keep in mind that the solutions below are just a temporary patch to get rid of the pain. It is NOT something that will cure whatever is making your tooth hurt. Brushing and flossing regularly and eating less processed sugary/salty foods can help prevent toothaches in the long run as well.
Again: The solutions below are very effective if your toothache starts on a Friday night and you have to wait until the next Monday to go to your dentist, they are NOT permanent solutions.
The winner: Clove Essential Oil
Place a couple of drops of clove essential oil on the affected tooth and gum to help alleviate pain. This is by far the best remedy in its effectiveness because Clove Essential Oil has numbing properties that temporarily prevents nerve endings from sending a pain signal. When you use clove oil for toothache pain, it’s the eugenol (an ingredient within clove oil) that provides relief. Eugenol is a natural anesthetic and antibacterial, and it works well at reducing inflammation in the mouth. In fact, a study by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons showed that eugenol is much more effective than using another analgesic and doing nothing else. Researchers examined the symptoms of 270 patients who had a tooth extracted, and found that patients who had received a eugenol-based paste suffered the least pain, inflammation, and related aftereffects.
I rarely cite brand companies, but Colgate (yes the makers of the dental paste) are recommending Clove Essential oil in case of toothache. Clove has been used for dental health for thousands of years.
The 6 other remedies for toothache (ranked from most efficient to less efficient)
- Oregano Essential oil is another substance that is well-known to have pain-relieving properties. Moisten a cotton swab with this Oregano Essential Oil, and place it around the tooth that is hurting. Leave it there for five to ten minutes, and you should notice relief almost immediately.
- Rinsing your mouth with a high saline water solution or hydrogen peroxide can often be effective whenever a toothache is caused by inflamed gums. Actually, rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide on a regular basis may even help to prevent gum infections in the first place. To get a high saline water solution, you need to boil the water, add a lot of salt and let it cool down.
- Boil guava leaves to make a tea, and then rinse the teeth and gums with it. The leaves have analgesic properties, and when used to make tea, can provide some very long lasting benefits.
- You can also use a regular tea bag that has been steeped in hot water as a compress. Leave it on the affected area as long as needed in order to obtain relief.
- Chewing on an onion or clove of raw garlic can sometimes help reduce tooth pain. The reason why this is an effective natural toothache remedy is because both of these foods contain antibacterial properties.
- Hold a cold compress on the side of your jaw or suck on some ice to help numb the pain of a toothache.
And now the challenger: Tea Tree Essential Oil
If clove essential oil is the#1 for toothaches, Tea Tree essential oil, is a close #2! Australian tea trees are green shrubs that grow in the wet coastal regions of Australia. These shrubs grow very quickly and can reach heights of seven to 20 feet when mature. Australian tea trees have soft, thick, white bark and white flowers that bloom in the summer.
Place a couple of drops of Tea Tree essential oil on the affected area. Tea tree oil seems to be used these days in almost every “natural” dental product. Tea tree oil is used in toothpaste, dental floss, dental picks, and mouthwash. It can also be used to reduce the spread of infection in hospitals and dental offices. In Australia, where Tea Tree grows and has been used by the Aborigines for thousands of years, dental patients are often instructed to apply tea tree oil to their gums a few days before dental work occurs to prevent postoperative infections.
In addition to trying the above methods to reduce tooth pain, here are a few things you should not do:
- Eat hard or crunchy foods
- Fail to brush or floss
- Drink carbonated or sugary beverages
- Attempt to pull the tooth yourself
- Use prescription painkillers that were prescribed to someone else
A toothache is always a sign that something more serious is wrong inside your mouth. You absolutely should visit a dentist at the first sign of a toothache, because it WILL only get worse over time. Should you find yourself unable to do so, one of the natural toothache remedies listed above can help you obtain relief, but only until help from a professional dentist is finally available.
DIY: Clove Oil Toothache Compress
Like I already said above, Clove Essential Oil is the most effective way to get rid of a toothache. If the pain is very intense, you may want to to make a compress.
You will need…
- Clove essential oil
- Cotton balls
- 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil
- Cotton swabs (optional)
Floss and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to get it nicely flushed out. By doing this beforehand, you’re allowing the oil to do its job the very best it can since there are no food to block it or make it hard to sink down into the sore spot.
Mix a few drops of clove essential oil with ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Thoroughly soak a cotton ball in this mixture and then hold it gently but firmly against the sore tooth or gum. If you wanted to take a shortcut, you could try putting some of the oil on a cotton swab and dabbing it directly where it hurts, however, jabbing a cotton swab onto a hurting tooth or gum may not be too comfortable.
Remember: with essential oil, less is always better and however you use essential oils, be cautious and consult a specialist first.
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