Toothache is painful and almost no one enjoys having it. It’s that painful sensation that you have when you’re chewing or drinking something, especially when it’s hot, cold or sour. The pain you felt can be so excruciating that it can affect your daily activities and even will wake up at night. If possible, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to have your affected tooth checked as soon as possible.
There are many causes for toothache. If you haven’t been brushing your teeth as often as you should, be prepared to face toothache! Below is a list of the common causes and why they can cause your tooth to ache:
Cracked or fractured tooth: This happens when you forcefully bite something that is hard, either consciously or unconsciously. It can also happen when you receive a powerful blow to the mouth (like a punch). When your tooth is cracked, the inevitable result is pain.
Tooth decay: This is very common. Decay happens because of the presence and growth of bacteria which secretes harmful acids that can destroy tooth enamel. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth cavities.
Exposed tooth root: This is usually happens when you brush your teeth the wrong way. It can also be caused by tooth decay or untreated gum diseases. This is especially true if you have tooth root that are super sensitive.
Exposed tooth nerve: This happens when you have accidentally cracked, chipped or shattered your tooth. An exposed tooth nerve can cause agonizing pain.
Wisdom tooth: An impacted wisdom tooth can cause toothache.
Tooth abscess: Usually happens to tooth decays that were left untreated. It can also happen with cracked tooth cases.
Ulceration of the gum: Inflammation of the gum around an affected tooth can also cause pain.
Damaged pulp: The pulp is that inner core of your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp is inflamed, the pain is felt in the jaw and face.
Changes in weather: There is a connection between tooth pain and changes in temperature (for some people) though the pain will be temporary in most cases.
So if you’re experiencing pain in your tooth, you will want to start paying attention to the type of foods you eat and how often you keep your teeth clean. If you have been eating sugary food, it’s time to make that change.
What can you do to prevent toothache?
Prevention is better than cure so let’s talk about how we can prevent this pain from happening in the first place. Below is a list of things you can do to help take good care of your gum and teeth.
Consume less sugary foods and drinks: Sugary foods are bad for your health anyway. It makes perfect sense that you reduce the amount of sugar you feed your mouth. When you eat less sugary food, you won’t have to worry so much about things like tooth decay and tooth cavities.
Brush your teeth properly: Brush three times a day but make sure you brush using a proper toothbrush (ideally soft) and with the right technique. You don’t want to brush too hard because you might cause enamel breakage. You should also brush in small circles instead of side-to-side. When brushing chewing surfaces, it’s ok to use the straight lines technique. Brush for at least three minutes and be sure to clear off any loosened plaque and bacteria.
Use dental floss: For areas that cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush, dental floss is the right tool for the job.
Visit your dentist twice a year: Just to make sure your teeth are clean and healthy, you should visit your dentist every 6 months.
Home remedies for treating tooth pain relief
If your toothache is caused by broken tooth or cavities, these natural remedies won’t do you much good because you need the help of a dentist for more immediate treatment. If you have serious toothache problems, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. However, if you can’t afford a dentist or you can’t wait until the scheduled date, these remedies will surely help you. It is interesting to know that most of the materials you need for treating tooth pain can be found in your kitchen and they are usually natural spices or herbs.
Before you use any of these remedies, for the best result, you should clean your mouth first with a homemade mouthwash (warm salt water), brush your teeth and use dental floss to remove the food stuck between your teeth. If you have sensitive tooth, avoid using mouthwashes with harsh chemicals and the can backfire on you and cause you more pain.
Garlic: Garlic is a universal herb that is used in many cuisines worldwide. It is a natural antibiotic because it contains the chemical Allicin which is antibacterial. To use garlic as a home remedy for tooth pain, just crush it and apply it on your affected tooth. You can add a little bit of rock salt over the crushed garlic for better result. You may feel a burning sensation as the Allicin got released but the pain should vanish after a few minutes as it kills and slows down the bacterial growth in your gum. By decreasing the bacteria activities on the affected area, the pain will gradually lessen too. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can just chew it raw and let it Allicin flow into the affected gum. For severe tooth pain cases, you may need a few hours before relief be felt. If applying garlic doesn’t help after a couple of days, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Raw onion: Just like garlic, it contains anti-septic and anti-bacteria properties. The proper way to use it is to chew on it. If you find chewing too painful, just place a piece of the raw onion on the affected area and hold on it for a few minutes.
Clove: This is also another herb / spice which has been used a natural remedy for treating toothache for thousands of years. You should be able to find it in your kitchen. If not, you can easily purchase it at most supermarkets. Clove is great for treating tooth infection because of its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacteria properties. It can also be used to treat sore throat. The proper way to use clove as a home remedy is to simply apply a few drops of clove oil over the affected tooth and gums. Alternatively, you can apply a few drops of pure clove oil on a cotton wool ball and place it on the affected area. You may want to dilute it with water if you find it too strong. You can also mix it with some olive oil or grind some fresh clove and apply the powder on the affected area. Alternatively, you can simply mix it with a pinch of pepper. Initially, you may feel a little pain but after a few minutes, the nerve endings will become numb and you will experience less pain. Repeat the process as necessary but make sure that you use no more than 1 or 2 drops of clove oil because more can harm your gum.
Ice: The idea of using ice is to dumb the pain. You can either apply it from outside or inside.
Cucumber: Believe it or not, cucumber can be used to relieve the pain too. Just place hold thick slices of cucumber under the affected tooth.
Sunflower oil: Just put a tablespoon of sunflower oil in your mouth and swish it around for a few minutes. This may sound like a weird method for relieving tooth pain but it’s actually good for promoting oral health too.
Sesame oil: Same as sunflower oil. Just swish it around in your mouth for few minutes.
Oregano oil: As this oil contains antibiotic properties, you can place a few drops of the oil under your tongue and hold it for a few minutes for it to do its magic. Be sure to swish it around. You should do this every hour until the pain goes away but make sure you use no more than 8 ounces in a day.
Nutmeg oil: Although not as popular clove oil or oregano oil, it can be equally effective. Basically, you would place one drop of nutmeg oil on a cotton swab and apply it on the affected tooth. Repeat several times a day as necessary.
Turmeric: Just like garlic, turmeric has the ability to relieve tooth pain because of its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. To use this natural herb for pain relief, mix a teaspoon of turmeric with some purified water to create your own healing paste. You would then put this healing paste on a cotton ball and apply it on the affected tooth. Add some honey if you want some extra flavors or goodies. Alternatively, you can just ingest raw turmeric or take turmeric supplements.
Warm salt water: This is good for cleaning the bacteria in your mouth and teeth. To make warm salt water, just some sea salt and mix it with some purified water. Use this to swish it around in your mouth. After that, rub some oregano oil into your gum.
Peppermint: This is a natural pain killer which you can use kill the bacteria in your mouth. Simply apply the dried peppermint leaves on the affected tooth or make yourself a fresh cup peppermint tea.
Lime: This fruit is great for preventing tooth decay. Put a few drops of lime juice over the affected tooth for pain relief.
Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass is a natural antibiotic which can kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth, reverse tooth decay, and draw toxins out of your gum. Wheatgrass juice is used as a natural mouthwash. You can also chew on it for its antibiotic properties.
Guava leaves: Just like wheatgrass, guava leaves can be chewed to treat tooth pain. Simply chew a couple of the leaves until the liquid come out and sip into the affected tooth. If you don’t want to chew, just boil 4-5 leaves in a pot with some water and bring it to a boil. Let it cool down and add some sea salt. You would then use it as a mouthwash. Remember to spit it out when you’re done! Repeat until the pain goes away.
Spinach leaves: This is also something else you can chew for pain relief. Just chew on it like the guava leaves for the liquid to flow on the affected tooth. If you don’t want to chew, you can make a quick paste by crushing them. Apply the paste on the affected tooth.
Asafoetide: Although this thing is bitter and extremely pungent, it is actually quite effective at providing instant toothache relief.
Salt and pepper: Believe it or not, the simple salt and pepper can be used to treat tooth pain. Just mix a 1/4 teaspoon and pepper, 1/4 salt and a few drop of purified water to make the paste. Apply the paste on the affected tooth and wait for a few minutes. The pain should go away.
Liquor: Basically, you’re using the alcohol as an anesthetic agent to kill the bacteria in the affected tooth and numb the pain. You can use whiskey or brandy for this. Simply swish it in your mouth for 1 minute or soak a cotton ball with it and place it on the affected tooth for a few minutes.
Vanilla extract: The alcohol content of the vanilla extract can be used to kill the bacteria on the affected gum. Put a few drop of vanilla extract on a cotton ball and hold it directly on the affected area for pain relief.
So there you have it, a list of natural home remedies for treating tooth pain. If the pain is extreme, you should definitely schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible before the damage becomes worse. If you feel that I have missed out some of your favorite home remedies, just send me a note and I will update the list.