Toothaches are a common ailment for people of all ages – and can range from mild discomfort to a dull ache to excruciating pain if the nerves in the teeth and gums become exposed. While it is always best to consult with a dentists and undergo an examination to determine what is causing the toothache to begin with, in the meantime there are a plethora of natural remedies to help ease the pain and increase comfort levels. The best remedies for this are discussed below.
Home Remedies for Tooth Pain
Pain and inflammation are generally the top complaints from people with a toothache – and many herbs and other plant-based therapies out there can help with both! So instead of popping a Tylenol for that toothache, try reaching for one of these naturally therapies instead.
Herbs and Other Plant-Based Remedies
Oil of Clove
This is an old-fashioned remedy which is still incredibly popular as a toothache remedy because it is so effective. Oil of clove contains a compound called eugenol which is a natural anesthetic and when applied to the gums, can instantly numb them and take away the pain. Aside from this, it is also able to reduce inflammation, fight infections and promote the healing process.
Making a paste of garlic and mixing it with a little salt and pepper and then applying it to the affected area can help to relieve pain and inflammation in the area due to the analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds of all three ingredients.
This is another old-fashioned but very effective toothache remedy. Powdered asafetida can be purchased at most health food stores and making a paste from this and applying it to the affected area can provide fast relief from pain and also help treat any underlying infections that could be causing the problem to begin with.
Vanilla Bean Extract
The extract from vanilla beans is not just a great addition to desserts and baked goods! It can also be applied to the affected area of the teeth/gums to help numb it and reduce inflammation as well.
Swishing and spitting with a “mouthwash” of myrrh tincture in warm water can help this condition in a number of ways. It is a natural anti-microbial and astringent remedy which can keep the area clean and free of infection. It also has natural anti-inflammatory compounds to bring down redness and swelling in the area.
Ginger and/or Cayenne Pepper Paste
A paste made from water and either one or both of these herbs together can also be an effective toothache remedy. Gingerols in the ginger itself can help reduce inflammation in the area while the capsaicin that is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper can promote comfort by interrupted pain signals to the brain. To use, form a paste with these two herbs, apply it to a cotton ball and then apply the cotton ball to the affected area, avoiding the tongue due to the heat from the cayenne pepper.