Toothaches are part of life, from kids going through growing pains, to adults who may have slacked on their dental routine, or just anyone who has a sensitivity to cold and hot foods. Whatever the reason, toothaches can be quite painful, and most of us want a quick remedy to take away the pain, and fast!
But before you head to the store and grab a tube of toothache pain relief gel, which is likely full of chemicals you’d rather not have in your mouth, try some of these all natural remedies first, and you might just be surprised at how well they work!
What Causes Toothaches?
Toothaches can be caused by many different factors from cavities, infections, a cracked tooth, gum disease, loose filling, to a jaw and joint disorder, but they definitely don’t have to leave us writhing in pain. Because of their strength and hard enamel exterior, our teeth are what allow us to chew meat, and break down fibrous vegetables with ease.
But underneath that hard enamel exterior lies a softer material inside the tooth known as the ‘pulp’. The pulp is what houses all of the nerve endings and blood vessels that keep our teeth nourished and alive, but when they get irritated and inflamed, they can cause great pain in our teeth.
If you find you’re having severe tooth pain, you’ll absolutely want to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible to help treat any infections or issues that may be causing your toothache, but until you can be seen by one, try these at-home toothache remedies to help relieve some of that pain.
How To Treat A Toothache
When I think about treating a toothache, I think about prevention first and foremost. One of the most important prevention methods to make sure you don’t encounter frequent toothaches is to eliminate sugar and grains from your diet. According to Dr. Weston A. Price, diet plays one of the most important roles in the health of our teeth, and just by changing our diet, we can reverse cavities and remineralize teeth naturally.
Along with diet change, using a natural homemade remineralizing toothpaste can help rebuild your teeth, making them stronger and less susceptible to toothaches and decay. I personally use this toothpaste every day and have noticed that I have less sensitivity to cold and hot foods, and my teeth feel much cleaner and look whiter.
Now that we’ve talked about preventive care, let’s talk about how to treat that tooth pain once you already have it. I was surprised to learn about a lot of these tricks and tips to help relieve a toothache, but I personally know several friends and family members who have tried some of these remedies with pretty amazing results!
Natural Toothache Remedies
Here are some of my favorite natural toothache remedies:
Garlic has natural antibiotic qualities, among other amazing health benefits, that can help reduce inflammation and pain from a toothache. It’s one of the easiest ways to relieve pain quick, and there’s a few ways to use it:
- Mix some crushed garlic with a pinch of salt or pepper, then apply directly to the toothache for immediate relief. You can also chew on a fresh clove of garlic to get the juices to penetrate the sore tooth.
- Alternately, you can put some pure garlic oil extract onto a cotton ball and hold it onto your tooth to relieve pain.
Like garlic, onions have natural antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can help kill germs and bacteria associated with a toothache. This remedy is not for the faint of heart, as the onion is pretty potent smell wise, but if you’re brave enough, it can definitely help relieve some of your pain.
- Whenever you feel a toothache coming on, take a small piece of raw onion and chew it on the side of your mouth where the pain is. If you’re not able to chew the onion, you can also place a piece of it next to the painful tooth.
- Alternately, and one of the easier things to do, you can use pure onion oil extract on a cotton ball and hold it against your tooth to relieve the pain. It’s not cheap, but you only need a drop to get the full effects. I find that mixing the garlic oil and onion oil together makes a powerful pain reliever.
Cloves have been used for thousands of years to treat all types of ailments, but one of the things it’s mostly used for is pain relief, especially from a toothache. Cloves are loaded with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, and anesthetic qualities that are amazing for relieving a toothache, and I know several people who swear by this simple method for pain relief.
- Take a cotton ball and dip it into a small amount of olive oil, then add several drops of pure clove oil extract and hold the cotton ball onto the affected tooth for immediate pain relief. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to use cloves for a toothache.
- Another way you can use cloves is to take a small amount of ground cloves, that you likely have in your cabinet, and rub it around the painful tooth. Your saliva will then mix with the powder and provide instant relief.
- If you don’t have powder or oil around, you can take a few whole cloves and place them by your gums around the affected tooth and wait for them to start softening up. Once they are softer, you can chew them lightly to release more of the oils, but only if your tooth can tolerate the chewing.
4. Salt & Pepper
This one actually surprised me, but after researching into it a bit more, I understood why this can work as a pain reliever. Both salt and pepper have natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties that make a great pain reliever when used together, and can help relieve a painful toothache.
- Mix an equal amount of salt and pepper together in a small bowl, and add a few drops of water until it forms a paste. Apply the paste directly to the affected tooth, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, the longer the better. Repeat daily, or as needed.
5. Raw Spinach Leaves
I never though spinach leaves would ever help relieve a toothache, but I started to think back to a friend of mine whose tongue would go numb every time they ate a spinach salad. I always assumed it was an allergic reaction, but it actually has some analgesic properties that can help numb the pain!
- Take a few raw spinach leaves and gently chew on them to help relieve tooth pain, or crush the leaves into a paste and apply directly to the affected area.
6. Tea Tree Oil
I love tea tree oil because it’s full of anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and natural disinfectant properties, and I use a few drops in anything I can get my hands on. Not surprisingly, tea tree oil has been used for decades by dentists and surgeons as a natural antiseptic to clean and treat wounds, and now you can use it to help relieve a toothache.
- Dip a cotton ball into a small amount of olive oil, and add several drops of tea tree oil on top. Press the cotton ball against the affected area to help kill and disinfect any bacteria that lead to tooth pain. You can use tea tree oil as a daily treatment to help clean the affected tooth and gum.
7. Vanilla Extract
Did you know that vanilla beans come from the pods of an Orchid plant? I must have been living under a rock, because for some reason I never knew that! I always thought they just magically appeared from clouds and rainbows, with their delicious taste and fragrant aroma, making everything it touches smell amazing. Well if that fun fact wasn’t surprising to you, then using vanilla extract to relieve a toothache might be!
- Dip a cotton ball or cotton swab into some pure vanilla extract (not the imitation stuff!), and apply directly to the affected tooth. Repeat this daily, or as needed for pain relief.
Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water is a great way to help kill bacteria and disinfect the gums. This will help the above remedies work even better, as your mouth will be clean and free from any germs. You can also help relieve pain with an ice pack pressed against your outside cheek, but I definitely don’t recommend putting any ice directly on your tooth, otherwise you’re going to have a bad time.
While these all natural remedies are wonderful for relieving tooth pain in a pinch, they’re definitely not a substitute for seeing a dentist and making sure there are no serious complications surrounding your toothache. Yes I know, visiting the dentist is one of the least pleasant experiences (sorry dentists!), but if you’re having severe tooth pain, even moderate pain, you should definitely check with your dentist on what the cause could be.
Do you suffer from toothaches? Do you use any natural pain relief remedies at home?