Home Remedies for Toothache
In this article I am going to discuss about toothache causes, symptoms and some of the home remedies that can be followed easily.
Toothache: Pain in or around a tooth, also called as odontalgia.
Causes: Dental cavity, cracked tooth, infected teeth, ulceration on the gums due to excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars. Gum diseases, formation of the cavities in the teeth, infection and diseases of the ears and sinuses can also cause pain around the teeth, irritation of the tooth root, dental abscess, bad eating habits like over indulgence in sweets, ice creams, soft drinks, sour and sugary items also are causes.
Symptoms: Toothache may be constant throughout the day and night or it may occur now and then for a short period of time depending on the degree of dental damage. Headaches, pain while eating, bleeding or discharge around the tooth, swelling of increased pain when chewing are some of the symptoms.
Home Remedies For toothache -
- Antiseptic lotion for gargling can be used.
- Take clove oil, eucalyptus oil in equal parts, apply this on affected area.
- Make a paste of cloves of garlic with little rock salt and apply on the affected area and this helps to relieve toothache. Garlic is a good pain killer with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It contains allicin which gives the antibiotic effect.
- Rub a piece of lime on the aching teeth. It will help to relieve pain.
- Put a warm tea bag on the sore tooth. It will help overcome the pain.
- Chew some leaves of Guava and spit them out.
- Lime juice application internally helps to prevent tooth decay.
- For tooth decay use juice of wheat grass as daily mouthwash.
- Onion is high in sodium and rich with vitamin E and B12. Place a small piece of onion on affected tooth. It helps to kill the germs of that particular area.
- Spilanthes acmella also known as toothache plant contains spilanthol which acts as a local anesthetic. For toothache rub a leaf on the gum of affected area. The area tingles and then goes numb within a few seconds and give relief. Ref: How to use Herbs in daily life.
- Salt water mouthwash is also advisable as an effective home remedy for toothache.
- Soak 10gms of Triphala powder in a glass full of hot water. When solution gets lukewarm, use it for gargling. Regular use may help prevent further decay of teeth.
- Put a bag of the crushed ice on and around the sore tooth. It will help to numb the nerve endings and to relieve the pain.
- Take a mouthful of whisky and savor it over the affected teeth for some time and spit it out.
- Oil of oregano is useful to relieve toothache. It has an anti microbial activity against food borne pathogens which cause tooth decay.
- A pinch of pepper powder mixed with common salt and applying to affected area is effective against the increased sensitiveness of the teeth.
- Add pinch of salt in Turmeric powder (Curcuma longa), then add mustard oil to it. Make a paste and then rub this on the teeth and gums to make them strong. If turmeric powder is not available take Turmeric herbal supplements along with Neem or Melia azadirachta supplements.
- Green tea has antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. According to the University of Maryland Medical center green teas’ anti-bacterial property may be helpful to stop or slow the development of cavities.
- Oolang tea extract helps to reduce the formation of plaque even in small doses. Ref. According to German Language Wochenblatt news paper of 17 November 1999.
- Clove Oil: Clove oil kills bacteria. It calms the nerve endings and numbs the site of pain. Make sure that you do not swallow this, as it irritates the stomach. A few drops should be applied twice or thrice a day with the help of sterilized cotton swabs.
In a 2006 study conducted by Kuwait University, researchers concluded that a clove preparation and benzocaine gel were equally efficacious when administered as a topical anesthetic for intraoral infection. Ref: Study published in the journal of Dentistry in 2006.
I hope the above home remedies will be helpful to most people that are trying to address toothache. Again for all severe and chronic cases one should consult a dental physician.
By Satya Narayana
Dr. Satya Narayana is the moderator and editor of this article originally written by Dr. Veena Deo, an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. To consult Dr. Satya Narayana, please send an email to email@example.com