While dentistry has come a long way over the years, many people still fear a visit to the dentist, even when they are suffering with a brain-numbing toothache. My father was a very respected dentist in my town, and have literally grown up my entire life learning how to keep teeth healthy. Because of this, I have never had a significant toothache, or even a cavity. Although I have never had a chance to try these methods on myself, I know people who my father helped, and what he found to be little known secrets.
Tooth pain generally occurs due to:
- Exposed Tooth Root
- Cracked Tooth
- Gum Disease
- Loose Filling
- Jaw Joint Disorder
- Tooth Loss/Extraction
Depending on which issue you are dealing with, the pain can be excruciating and seemingly unending. Thankfully there are a number of natural toothache treatments that don’t involve a visit to the dentist. However, if you ARE suffering from a toothache, you should really use these suggestions to get the pain under control, then get yourself to your dentist for a check up. I also urge you to understand the real cause of tooth pain, and see how you can take long term steps to keep your teeth pain free.
Diet and Lifestyle in Oral Health
A number of dietary habits and lifestyle factors can affect oral health, here is a rundown of what you need to know.
Limit Sugar Consumption
A high sugar diet will contribute to tooth decay and gum problems, because bacteria in the mouth thrive in this environment, and produce tooth and gum-destroying enzymes and acids.
Alcohol can contribute to oral problems indirectly by dehydrating the mouth, which allows bacteria to run rampant, Often times people who have alcohol addiction issues are also less likely to consistently perform good dental care habits.
Some medications, like certain antibiotics, can cause internal staining of the teeth, such as tetracycline staining. But this depends on the age at which you take them. There are also 200 to 400 medications, prescribed or over-the-counter, that have the side effect of drying up saliva, and again a dry mouth is more prone to gum disease and tooth decay, as well as bad breath.
Changes In Weight
For those who wear dentures, changes in body weight tend to affect the way dentures fit. Just as weight gain or loss affects the way your clothes fit, it can also affects the gum pads on which dentures rest. To help maintain a healthy weight and fight tooth decay, it is advised to eat a diet rich in high-fiber fruits and vegetables.
Dental care experts have long known that smoking cigarettes, cigars and using tobacco products can cause periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay, and oral cancer. Cigars can also cause throat cancer, because the smoke from tobacco has a toxic effect on gum tissue, and can interfere with blood flow. It also stains the teeth, is a direct cause of oral cancer, and can contribute to bad breath.
Healthy Mouth = Healthy Body
Maintaining your oral health, will aid good overall health. Practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly in to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing problems. There is nothing a dentist can do that a patient can’t undo by neglecting dental care.
Types of Tooth Pain
This is not meant to be a replacement for dental advice, but to help you understand what you are dealing with and needing.
- Pain: Temporary sensitivity to hot or cold foods without recent dental work. Cause: Minor breech of nerve or beginning gum disease.
- Pain: Lasting sensitivity and more constant awareness of hot or cold foods without recent dental work. Cause: The pulp is likely infected, the tooth may be cracked or chipped, or the beginning of gum disease.
- Pain: Temporary sensitivity to hot or cold foods after recent dental treatment. Cause:Dental work can cause pulp inflammation which would be an intense but very short pain. Tooth pulp should heal within 2-4 weeks.
- Pain: Lasting or prolonged sensitivity and constant awareness of hot or cold foods after recent dental treatment. Cause: The cavity may have been too close to pulp and dental treatment did not protect the pulp sufficiently. People have complained about this after having their mercury amalgams replaced. Dentists will normally recommend root canals to treat this.
- Pain: Constant and severe pain with pressure, swelling of the gum, and sensitivity to touch. Cause: Dental abscess (infection).
- Pain: The tooth hurts when you tap your finger from the side. Cause: The periodontal ligament is degenerating or inflamed
- Pain: Sharp pain from biting down on food Possible Causes: Loose Filling, Tooth Decay, Cracked/Fractured Tooth, Infection
Below are some effective home remedies for a toothache that can help to treat tooth abscess and tooth infection.
If you follow my blog and home remedies, you know how invaluable the many benefits of garlic can be for health issues, and it is also one of the most popular of home remedies for a toothache! The use of garlic has been passed down for years to treat this condition. Garlic has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, as it contains a powerful compound called allicin, and it is this compound that makes up garlic’s antibiotic properties. When garlic is crushed, this compound is released, which is what slows bacterial activity upon application and ingestion.
Try applying a crushed garlic clove or garlic powder to the area. It may burn, but the pain should normally vanish within minutes, although it could take hours, so just be aware. Repeat this over a few days, and you all should be well. Needless to say, this is only one of.
Onions also have about the same antiseptic and antimicrobial properties as garlic that can control a toothache. It can provide relief from pain by killing the germs causing an infection. At the first sign of a toothache, chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve the pain. If you are not able to chew it, place a piece of raw onion directly on the bad tooth or sore gum.
One of the most potent anti-inflammatories with anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, cloves also make up an extremely popular remedy for toothache, tooth infection, or tooth abscess. Cloves are effective against toothaches and sore throats due to their eugenol content, a phenylpropene that makes up cloves’ anesthetic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The simplest way to utilize cloves is with clove oil, which can be dabbed on the area with a cotton ball or swished around in your mouth after mixing 2-4 drops in 1/4 glass of water. My father always had eugenol on hand in his practice because of its effectiveness.
Coconut Oil/Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the act of swishing around coconut oil in your mouth. It may sound crazy, but this technique was used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. all you do is put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, swish it around slowly for 15-20 minutes, and the problem could vanish within days.
Oil pulling draws toxins/bacteria from your oral mucosa & destroys mouth germs while stimulating bodily eliminations and increasing metabolism, thus reportedly leading to various (sometimes dramatic) healing benefits and enhanced health. Not only is this activity one of the most interesting toothache remedies, but oil pulling benefits are especially recognized for promoting oral health. Other things oil pulling has been used for is teeth whitening, eliminating bleeding gums, stopping tooth sensitivity, decay & abscesses, and helping prevent cavities.
Warm Salt Water
A simple glass of warm salt water can help treat a toothache. Mix half a spoon of salt in a glass of hot water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. It will help reduce swelling and inflammation, and also fight the bacteria that cause infection.
Another remedy that many individuals swear by is using hydrogen peroxide. All you have to do is hold a half-tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in your mouth and on the infected tooth for a few minutes. Alternatively, you could soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply it to the tooth. Repeat the treatment twice a day.
For those of you who have fresh guava leaves at your disposal, you can also alleviate toothache pain chewing on these, thanks to their anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties. Simply chew one or two tender guava leaves until the juice starts working on the affected tooth. Another remedy is to put four to five guava leaves in water and boil them. Allow the solution to cool to a warm temperature and add some salt, and use the solution as a mouthwash.
Ice can are also helpful in a pinch, as they alleviate tooth pain by numbing the nerve endings. Wrap a some ice cubes in a thin cotton cloth. Hold it on your cheek near the aching tooth for a few minutes. If you have exposed nerves, contact with the cold can cause more pain.
An acupressure technique that can ease tooth pain is to rub an ice cube between your index finger and thumb for a few minutes.
In addition to trying these remedies, make sure to consult your dentist, as many dental and gum problems require more aggressive treatment than home remedies. Don’t forget to share what worked and what hasn’t worked for you!