A toothache can be a real nightmare when it occurs. Even though on a grander scale of things it is not that serious, the extent of referred pain is immense. Often times, toothaches are the result of cavities that have eroded the enamel of teeth, exposing nerves and causing sensitivity to a variety of factors such as temperature, or even specific food.
While cavities are not the only cause of tooth aches, often times a visit to the dentist is required in order to discover what the underlying issue is. Luckily, there are several remedies you can take advantage of at home that can bring you effective relief, whether that be on a temporary or longer term basis until you can visit your dentist.
These are the best natural remedies for dealing with toothache
1. Clove Oil
Clove oil is without a doubt one of the most popular remedies for dealing with tooth pain, simply because it works. It is said to possess both analgesic, anti-inflammatory and even mild anesthetic actions, thanks largely to the presence of a compound by the name of the eugenol, which also acts as an antiseptic to prevent infection.
You can find ready-made preparations which contain some amount of clove oil, or you can buy the concentrate and just apply a little to a cotton ball and subsequently dab on the affected area. If you do decide to use concentrated clove oil, it might be a good idea to dilute with a bit of coconut or olive oil prior to application because of its corrosive properties which may cause mouth ulcers.
2. Saltwater Rinses
A saltwater rinse is very effective at helping to reduce the severity of discomfort felt from a toothache primarily by decreasing bacterial colonization at the site of exposed nerve endings. While cavities have been implicated as a primary contributing factor to toothaches, infection and inflammation should not be taken for granted. It is a great idea to frequently rinse your mouth with saltwater after meals to help with removal of food particles from teeth, and also reduce bacterial colonies.
3. Ice Packs
Toothaches can occur secondarily to another cause, such as inflammation around the gum line or as a result of injury. Application of an ice pack or cold compress can be especially helpful when applied to the jaw area since cold has the effect of causing blood vessel constriction, and subsequently slows down the delivery of pain mediators to the origin of the discomfort. Ice is also very good for actively reducing swelling, making it very useful for secondary toothaches.
4. Peppermint Oil Or Mouthwash
Similar in action the clove oil, peppermint can also help naturally deal with pain resulting from toothaches thanks to the presence of menthol. Menthol also possesses antibacterial properties that can kill pathogenic bacteria and reduce the likelihood of an infection occurring. Applying a little to a cotton ball and compressing against the pained area can help lessen the intensity of discomfort you feel.
Many people do not realize that garlic is very effective at reducing pain, and also for its ability to kill bacteria. You can either chew on a clove of garlic, or crush it and make into a paste which can then be applied to the tooth, or you can even opt for the oil itself.
6. Cayenne Peppers
Does it sound crazy the thing that pepper can help you with your tooth ache? If you answered yes to this question, we totally understand. However, cayenne pepper is one of the best examples of fighting fire with fire, but not literally so.
Cayenne, and many other hot pepper varieties contain a compound by the name of capsaicin. Capsaicin is a very effective natural analgesic that works to reduce levels of a chemical mediator known as substance P. Depletion of this compound disrupts the transmission of pain impulses, and in turn you experience significant pain relief. Plus, cayenne pepper is also anti-inflammatory and can reduce associated swelling of the gums.
The popularity of turmeric has exploded in recent years, thanks to its multi-utilitarian approach to treating endless health issues. It is even considered a modern-day panacea (cure all), in the case of toothaches working to help reduce inflammation, pain, dealing with infections and even a mild anesthetic.
The best way to take advantage of turmeric is to either ground a small portion of the root, or use powder and make it into a semisolid paste which can then be applied to the affected area. The paste can even be combined with some honey to improve palatability and overall antiseptic potency.
8. Thyme Oil Or Leaves
There is much more to this versatile herb than using it for cooking, as it has excellent promise in dealing with a range of painful and infective conditions. A toothache can include both components making thyme oil well-suited for this purpose.
The oil or leaves are rich in a compound by the name of thymol which can be applied to the affected teeth or gum line to deal with pain or swelling. Thymol, like eugenol, is extremely potent and can irritate the mucosal lining of the mouth, so it should be diluted prior to use.
9. Vanilla Extract
Have you ever used vanilla extract for anything besides making yummy treats? If you haven’t, that’s ok too, but it is good to know that it can be used to help treat toothaches as well. Wondering what vanilla does to help?
It possesses excellent pain relief properties and can help to reduce the sensitivity of the affected area. In the same manner it can help to slow the firing of neurons, so too can it help to blunt the throbbing pain associated with certain causes of toothache.
Not extremely common, yarrow root or leaves can help you deal with the discomfort of a toothache by acting as an anesthetic. It is very non-irritating as well, and can help to promote healing of mouth sores or to address active bleeding from the gum line.
11. Coconut Oil
This is a very interesting remedy. For one, it is not appropriate for acute pain, since it really does nothing directly to address it. Rather, it is used for oil pulling- the process of swishing the oil around the mouth to promote overall oral health. Oil pulling is also said to help promote the regeneration of dentin, the secondary line of defense when the enamel is damaged and at risk of causing pain or leading to infections.
If you have an infection, it will not heal it, but it is a great insurance policy to promote healing and resolution without needing an extraction in some cases.
Onions are another uncommon natural remedy that is surprisingly effective for toothaches, possessing a mix of both anti-bacterial and analgesic properties. Simply apply a piece of onion to the affected tooth and let it rest there for a few minutes. Repeat as necessary if you get decent relief from this remedy.
A toothache can really be annoying and bring about unnecessary discomfort and suffering. While it is always advisable to visit your dentist, in the interim if you need rapid relief from the pain you can take advantage of these remedies which may be around your home right now.