There’s little else as miserable as having a bad case of toothache. Toothache can be caused by tooth decay (cavities), a broken tooth, an abscess under a tooth, a loose or damaged filling, gum disease and stress to teeth and jaw caused by excessive gum chewing or teeth grinding. It can result in pain in the teeth, jaw, face and even eyes and ears. In the case of an abscess, it may be accompanied by fever and a foul tasting discharge in the mouth. To add insult to injury, there’s the awful prospect of having to visit the dentist. Fortunately, there are a number of simple home remedies one can use to relieve the pain and discomfort of toothache. The starting point is, of course, good dental hygiene and a healthy diet.
- Clove Oil
How To Use: Dip a cotton bud into clove oil and dab onto the affected tooth. You can also dilute a few drops of clove oil in about 100ml of water and use as a mouthwash.
Why It Works: Cloves contain powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing) compounds which will relieve the pain, reduce the inflammation and fight infection.
Additional Info: If you don’t have clove oil handy, simply crush a few cloves and mix with some olive oil. Place in a small glass container with a lid and allow to steep for a while, then apply the oil to the tooth.
How To Use: Peel and crush a fresh clove of garlic and apply a little to the affected tooth. Repeat as often as needed.
Why It Works: Garlic contains powerful compounds that are antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. In particular, allicin, an oily substance in garlic, is a powerful antibacterial agent that has been shown to fight infection and may help to relieve toothache.
Additional Info: You can also make garlic oil by peeling and crushing a few cloves of garlic into some olive oil. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month. Be sure to wash the cloves before crushing them to prevent any fungus or bacteria from contaminating the oil.
- Guava Leaves
How To Use: Thoroughly wash a guava leaf or two and then chew well. The natural oils in the leaf will coat the affected tooth and help to relieve the pain.
Why It Works: Guava leaves have powerful natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic compounds that help to reduce the pain and infection of the toothache.
Additional Info: You can also make a decoction by boiling 4 -5 washed guava leaves in a cup of water. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat after a few minutes and remove the leaves. Allow to cool, then mix in a little natural sea salt. Use as a mouthwash, paying special attention to the area where the affected tooth is.
- Ice Cubes
How To Use: Wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth and place in the cheek next to the sore tooth. Keep renewing the ice cube as it melts to get maximum benefit. Obviously, this won’t help if your tooth is sensitive to cold.
Why It Works: The cold will temporarily numb the nerves in and around the affected tooth and ease the pain.
Additional Info: If you don’t have ice cubes available, try swilling iced water in your mouth. Alternatively, wrap a bag of frozen peas, or any other frozen vegetable, in a towel and hold against the cheek next to the sore tooth.
- Vanilla Essential Oil
How To Use: Soak the tip of a cotton bud in some natural vanilla oil and apply to the sore tooth.
Why It Works: Vanilla contains natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic compounds that will help to reduce the pain and fight the infection causing the sore tooth. Vanilla also contains calming agents that will help relieve the stress caused by the toothache. It’s a great remedy for calming small children.
Additional Info: Be aware that synthetic vanilla flavouring will not give any benefit as it is manufactured from petrochemical sources and has no medicinal properties.
Anyways, keep smiling, it’s good for you!
Happy Teethlicious Tuesday, Stay Gorgeous & Stay Professional.
Credit: Dr Oyaks