A toothache is one of the most unpleasant issues that you can imagine. It is often followed by sharp and constant pains, swelling, fever and even headaches.
There are several possible causes of a toothache, such as:
A cavity, fractures in the teeth, decay, damaged fillings, gum disease, abscesses, an abnormal bite, chewing hard foods, or grinding teeth.
Follow these 12 natural remedies if you want to try to avoid a trip to the dentist:
Peppermint oil is a rich antiseptic. In order to treat a toothache as well as bad breath, prepare some peppermint tea. Boil a teaspoon of these aromatic leaves for about 15-20 minutes. Drink this tea to fight oral pathogens.
Clove oil has both antiseptic as well as anesthetic features. It also eases the gum pain. Some studies have shown this oil is as efficient as benzocaine when it comes to numbing pain.
To treat the sore areas, mix several drops of clove oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply it with a small piece of a cotton ball. Once you feel the treated area is numb, just remove the cotton ball and wash your mouth. Instead, you can chew several cloves. You get the same effect.
3. Turmeric Paste
Turmeric has powerful antibacterial but also antiviral features. It can fight bad breath, gum issues, various irritations as well as tooth stains. To achieve these, just blend one teaspoon of turmeric (powder), a few drops of peppermint oil, and one tablespoon of potent coconut oil. Brush your teeth with this paste and let it work a couple of minutes, then rinse your teeth.
4. Ginger Cayenne Paste
To prepare this paste, blend cayenne with ginger (1:1) and add some water. Treat the painful areas with it. Apply a small amount on these areas, leave it for a few minutes to act. Then, rinse your mouth.
5. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla proves to be great for numbing and relieving the pain. Therefore, rub the painful areas with vanilla extract and enjoy its soothing effect.
According to research, myrrh is rich in anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial features. Boil one teaspoon of myrrh with 2 cups of water. Cool it and rinse a few times a day.
7. Raw Garlic
Garlic turns out to be an omnipotent fighter of bacteria, viruses, and fungus. To use it, you should first crush a piece of garlic, then leave it a few minutes to release its healthy substances. Add salt, and finally, apply the mixture on the sore area in your mouth. You can also chew it.
8. Salt Water Gargle
Salt water is great for fighting infections, pains and soothing the swelling. Make a mixture of one teaspoon of salt with one cup of a boiling water. Leave it to cool down, then gargle it as often as possible.
Before you go to your dentists, apply some ice on a painful or swollen area. This will help.
In order to stimulate the endorphins that will ease the pain, try some acupressure. You should press the exact place on your hand (do this on the side that hurts!) where the thumb meets the very base of your index finger. Hold it for a few minutes, until the pain is gone.
Research has proven that essential oils are abundant in antimicrobial features. For this reason, use peppermint, clove, tea tree, myrrh, spearmint, and cinnamon.
You can check out our other natural remedies to heal your mouth and teeth by reading about homemade toothpaste here.