Natural Remedies for Toothache

2 Ways to Ease Tooth Pain Naturally

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What is a Toothache?

A toothache is any pain or soreness within or around a tooth or the jaw. The most common cause of toothache is dental cavities. Bacteria in the mouth can form plaques that stick to teeth and form acids that eat through tooth enamel, causing a cavity. This toothache pain is usually worse when you eat cold or hot food.

Other common causes of toothache are gum disease, tooth abscess, cracked tooth, irritated tooth root, and a condition called temporomandibular joint, which affects the jaw.

Related: Natural Remedies For TMJ and Natural Remedies For Gum Disease.

Toothache can also be a sign of heart attack, ear infections, and sinusitis.

Natural Remedies for a Toothache

Although there isn't any scientific support for the use of alternative medicine for toothaches, the following two home toothache remedies have been used in folk medicine to reduce toothache.

1) Clove Oil Compress

Clove oil contains eugenol, a natural pain killer and antibacterial. Mix one drop of pure clove oil with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place the cotton ball beside the tooth.

If the toothache involves a molar at the back of your mouth, you can bite down gently on the cotton ball to keep it in place. Leave it there for as long as possible (but don't go to sleep with it in your mouth.) Pain relief should begin quite rapidly.

 Undiluted clove oil inside the mouth can causing burning, tissue or nerve damage, and pain.

In large doses, clove oil taken orally can cause vomiting, sore throat, seizure, difficulty breathing, kidney failure, or liver damage. Clove oil shouldn't be ingested or applied to broken skin.

Children, pregnant or nursing women, and people with diabetes, kidney or liver disease or bleeding disorders should avoid taking clove oil.

More about clove oil.

2) Activated Charcoal Compress

Activated charcoal is available at many drug stores and natural health food stores.

Mix two teaspoons of activated charcoal powder with just enough water to make a paste. Apply it to a piece of gauze and place the gauze on the tooth. Bite down.

See Activated Charcoal: What You Need to Know.

Using Alternative Medicine for a Toothache

If you're experiencing any symptoms, it's important to consult your doctor first. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. 

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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