You don’t need to suffer from the throbbing pain of a toothache when you can find relief using some natural home remedies. You may have a deep cavity that needs to be filled, an infection, or a cracked tooth. Your discomfort can also stem from other causes such as an exposed root, a loosened filling or even gum disease. Pain can also emanate from a jaw joint disorder. The main reason you are probably feeling dental pain can be due to inflammation of the tooth’s pulp, which is composed of nerve endings. Of course, when nerves become irritated or inflamed, the resulting pain can be very intense.
If your tooth or any part of your mouth or jaw is giving you discomfort, it is always a good idea to see your dentist and discover the source of your pain so it can be treated before the issue becomes worsened. Since you may not be able to see a dentist right away, or if you don’t believe your discomfort requires immediate treatment, you may wish to ease your pain using some natural home remedies.
The following home remedies for toothache have been proven over many years to relieve tooth pain and discomfort to varying degrees. None of these treatments can harm you if they are done correctly, and all of them can be performed in your own home, usually with ingredients you have right now in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. If you don’t have a certain item, it can be easy enough to find at your local drugstore, health food store or supermarket.
A clove is the flower bud of a tree that is native to Indonesia. Cloves are mainly used for spicing foods and used in baked goods. But they also have proven medicinal uses due to their innate anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anesthetic properties. When cloves are applied to a tooth that has a cavity and is causing you pain, the pain is numbed. The reason that cloves can work as an anesthetic is because of eugenol, a natural numbing agent and an extract of the clove bud. Here are a few ways to use cloves to relieve toothaches:
You can purchase clove oil, which contains up to 90% of eugenol, and apply some right on the tooth and/or gum that is causing you pain. The clove oil will both numb the ache and work on killing the bacteria in the area. If you’ve ever wondered why cloves can stay fresh for so long, it’s because of the bacteria-fighting eugenol in them.
If you don’t have time to buy clove oil, use the whole cloves you may have in your kitchen cabinet for cooking or baking. Soften a few of the cloves up by putting them in your mouth and rubbing them around with your saliva. This way, the oils will be released. Once the cloves are soft and oily enough, apply them directly to the painful tooth and hold it there for up to 30 minutes.
No cloves around the house? Put together some ginger and red cayenne pepper and make a paste of it with a couple of drops of water. Wet a cotton ball with the paste and place the saturated cotton directly on the tooth, avoiding the gum area.
Salt and Pepper
One of the oldest remedies for toothache is making a paste of salt and pepper. Pepper has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can lessen pain and fight infection. Salt works to relieve aches, lessen swelling and also kill bacteria. Mix some salt and pepper together and add a little water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the tooth and/or gums for pain relief and to lessen any bleeding from the gums.
Garlic has many healthy attributes, including its antibiotic properties, making it an excellent toothache-fighting agent. Garlic contains a natural compound called allicin which works as a natural broad spectrum antibiotic. If you crush a clove of garlic, the allicin is released, however it is quickly oxidized and loses its potency. As soon as you crush a clove of garlic, apply it immediately to the aching tooth for relief.
You can also mix the garlic with salt and place it on the tooth, or even chew the clove for pain relief. Try the garlic remedy for two to three days for optimal effect.
You can either chew some raw onion or apply a piece of onion directly on the aching tooth for relief. Raw onion can kill bacteria and relieve discomfort.
Asafetida is a spice that comes from a fennel-like plant grown in Iran and India. It has an onion and garlic flavor and comes in a powder or lump form that can be purchased in some markets. Mix some asafetida power (about a half teaspoon) with two teaspoons of lemon juice. Warm this mixture up a little bit. Then soak a cotton pad with it and apply it to the painful tooth area. You should achieve instant pain relief. You can also fry fresh asafetida in a bit of butter and put it on the affected area.
Salted Warm Water
Remember that salt is a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory agent and anti-bacterial agent. You can use very warm, plain water in a glass that is mixed with up to three tablespoons of table salt. Rinse your mouth with this solution, swishing it around completely and spitting out after each rinse. The salt water will cleanse the cavity, reduce swelling and lessen your pain.
The leaves and bark extract of guava are full of flavonoids, which fight bacteria. Diseases of the gums, like gingivitis, can be greatly helped with guava leaves. They also can alleviate toothaches and help bad breath. Use fresh guava leaves to chew on, allowing the released juices to coat your pained area.
If you don’t want to chew the leaves, you can put a few of them in boiling water, let it simmer for a while, then bring the water to room temperature. Add a couple of tablespoons of salt to the water, then use the solution as you would a mouthwash. It will work similarly to the way chewing the leaves would, alleviate pain and work as an antiseptic. Guava leaves will also relieve bleeding or inflamed gums and mouth sores.
Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is most often used when baking and as a calming scent in candles or potpourri, but this powerful natural extract has other uses that extend to helping tooth pain. You probably have a small bottle of vanilla extract in your kitchen right now. Vanilla extract is both an antiseptic and a pain reliever. It contains eugenol, the same numbing agent found in cloves. As a matter of fact, some dental offices use eugenol for temporary fillings in cavities.
Use vanilla extract for tooth pain by placing three to four drops in a small bowl and dipping a cotton ball in it. Place the soaked cotton onto your gums and leave it there for a few minutes. You can repeat this application as needed for temporary pain relief.
Wheatgrass is a young grass in the wheat family that is chock full of nutrients. It is sold in different forms, such as powders, capsules and juice. It can eliminate bacteria, boost the immune system and get rid of body toxins. Since you may have toxins in your gums or a decaying tooth, wheatgrass is a great remedy. Swish some wheatgrass juice in your mouth as you would mouthwash. You can also chew on fresh wheatgrass leaves for a similar effect. You will find that wheatgrass will alleviate pain and help cleanse the bacteria that is causing your toothache or gum soreness.
Ice is a wonderful remedy for numbing pain and relieving swelling and inflammation. Plus it’s usually readily available in your freezer. Wrap a small-sized ice cube with one layer of plastic wrap and put a piece of thin cloth over that. Hold it against the area that is causing you pain. If you have any exposed nerves, however, this can worsen your pain, so try it for just a few moments at first. You can also rub your forefinger and thumb on the bare ice cube and then rub your ice-cold fingers over the achey area in your mouth. This will help dull the pain and relieve any swelling.
Bayberry comes from a tree or shrub and it has antimicrobial capabilities. You can use the bark of bayberry to make a paste that will dull your toothache pain. Use about a 3 cm patch of Bayberry bark and mix it with 1.25 ml of vinegar to make a pasty solution. Spread the paste on the painful spot in your mouth and leave it there until you feel some relief.
Look in your medicine cabinet and you should be able to find a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, which can destroy bacteria. Rinse your mouth with 3% hydrogen peroxide, but do not swallow it! Spit it out after each rinse and follow with a few rinses of just plain water.
Peppermint is a numbing agent and can also calm the skin. Some of its healing properties are similar to those of cloves. You can use peppermint tea bags by applying a cooled, used tea bag right on the affected area. Or you may put the tea bag in the freezer for five minutes or so, then apply it. Keep on the area for about ten minutes to feel relief.
You can also chew dried or fresh peppermint leaves for similar effects.
Tea Tree Oil
Rinsing the mouth with tea tree oil can be a very effective balm for a toothache. You only need a couple of drops of the oil placed in a cup of warm water. Rinse and spit it out. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent. Just remember not to swallow the mixture!
Turmeric is a herb used as a spice in foods. It has natural healing, pain-releiving and anti-bacterial properties. Take a teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix it with a small quantity of purified water to make it into a paste. Place the paste directly onto the painful tooth or gum, or pat it on with a cotton swab. You can also put some honey or cayenne pepper into the paste for both flavor and more healing activity.
Oregano Oil Solution
If your problem is due to an abscess or other type of mouth infection, you can make a solution that can begin the healing process before you can see a dentist. Place a few drops of oregano oil under your tongue and keep it there for a few moments. Next, use some colloidal silver and swish it around the mouth once every hour. Do not use more than 8 ounces of colloidal silver per day. Between every other colloidal silver swish, rinse with warm salted water and rub your gums with more oregano oil.
Baking soda has multiple uses and not just in the kitchen. It has useful benefits for your skin, your hair and even your health. Take a dampened cotton swab, dip it in baking soda and apply to your toothache. You can also make a solution of warm water and baking soda and swish it around your mouth to ease your pain.
Tincture of myrrh is an astringent that can reduce inflammation and destroy bacteria. Take a teaspoon of powdered myrrh and place it in two cups of water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let it cool and strain it. Use one teaspoon of this solution in a half cup of warm water to rinse out the mouth. Repeat up to six times a day.