Using all natural remedies at home for toothaches
The problem: Severe/intense toothache pain – and you’re unable to find relief!
Unless you have a regular dentist you visit or can even afford to go see one, you are one of the many people who suffer for days, weeks, even months with intense toothache pain.
Even if you could see a dentist, if you are pregnant you will find it difficult for a dentist to treat you – some will extract your tooth or teeth without x-rays, but this is risky and will be very painful if your tooth is infected in the root (the part the dentist can see using an x-ray).
My wisdom tooth was infected. I took antibiotics for a week before the dentist would extract my tooth and even with three shots of novicaine it was still one of the worst pains of my life and I did not find relief until a few days after it was pulled.
That was years ago. Now I am 30 weeks pregnant and Tylenol and Orejel no longer give me relief. Plus, using these medicines for a long period of time is not a good idea. I have a feeling my tooth is infected due to the severity of the pain. I have found a dentist who will extract my tooth without doing and x-ray, but I decided to do some experiments at home on my own, all natural of course, over the weekend to try to find some kind of relief.
Using all natural home remedies to relieve toothache pain or sensitivity
What you will need: Common items/ingredients found around the home.
Remember: Every toothache is not the same. Some remedies may work for you, but may not work for everyone. (Note: the toothache remedies listed here are ones that I myself have tried.)
All natural remedies to alleviate toothache pains:
- Vanilla extract.
- you must use pure vanilla extract. many types of vanilla extract you commonly see are a mixture of vanilla and other ingredients. pure vanilla extract is darker in color, a dark tan or brown.
- Apply onto the tooth using a cotton swab.
- Many people find relief instantly with this home rememdy, I did not however.
- One source cited that mixing vanilla extract with cloves (powder or oil) increases this home remedies effectiveness. I did not have any clove oil at home, so I am not sure how effective this mixture would be.
2. Mouth rinse using alcohol based mouthwash (aka Listerine rinse).
- Any type or brand of alcohol-based mouth wash or rinse will work.
- Simply pour into mouth and swish around for a minute or two. Just follow the directions on the bottle.
- This provided immediate relief, but the relief was short lived.
- A rinse using actual alcohol (liquor) will work in the same manner, but is not recommended for most people. Simply pour a small amount of alcohol (Vodka or whiskey are said to work best), swish in mouth for a minute or so before spitting out. I have not tried this alternative, so I cannot say how effective this home remedy would be.
3. Warm salt and water rinse.
- Mix about a teaspoon of salt with lukewarm water in a small glass.
- Swish around mouth for a couple minutes before you spit.
- This did work, sort of, for myself. However, it did not work as well as rinsing with Listerine.
4. Tea bags.
- Prepare a cup of lukewarm tea by placing a tea bag in a cup of about 8 oz. of water. Do not get liquid super hot, or wait until liquid has cooled before trying this home rememdy.
- Remove the excess liquid from the tea bag and place onto the problem tooth, holding there for several minutes.
- If your toothache pain is heat sensitive DO NOT try this one. This only aggrevated my tooth even more. Many people swear by this method though, so it’s worth a shot!
- There was no immediate relief, but over the course of five to ten minutes I felt a slight improvement. Using a more room-temperature tea bag may work better next time!
4. Muscle rub cream.
(Not 100% all natural, but is commonly found as a home remedy for mouth or tooth pain.
- Apply a muscle rub cream OUTSIDE of your mouth, on the area of your cheek where the tooth that is hurting is located.
- Use a small amount as the vapors from the crème do tend to travel towards your eyes and this is not pleasant!
- Doesn’t work for all types of tooth pain. It will numb the side of your face, which does provide some relief, but is not the most benefitial of tooth ache remedies found here.
- Vicks vapor rub has also been used in a smiliar way by applying outside the mouth on the cheek.
5. Baking Soda.
- Used as a paste: Moisten a cotton swab and dip into a small amount of baking soda. Apply generously to tooth that hurts.
- Used as a rinse: Dillute a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of lukewarm water (about 4 oz. or less). Swish in mouth for a minute or two before spitting out.
- Some relief from tooth pain when used as a paste. Rinsed with mixture and then applied paste, but still some minor discomfort five minutes later.
6. Sensodyne toothpaste.
- My friend Liz, also pregnant, swears her toothache pain was relieved by switching to Sensodyne brand toothpaste.
- From their official website: Sensodyne® toothpaste is the dentist recommended toothpaste for sensitivity, offering a range of specifically formulated toothpastes. Sensodyne® toothpaste works to relieve tooth pain due to sensitive teeth and provides lasting protection all day, every day when used as directed.
- It is also a commonly found home remedy to apply a small amount of toothpaste directly onto the affected area using a cotton swab. This would most likely provide more immediate relief for severe tooth pain.
Other things to consider when dealing with a toothache:
- Always brush and floss prior to using any home remedy. This will remove any extra food particles or debris from your teeth and make these remedies more affective. A toothpaste containing fluoride has been found to work best when dealing with toothaches and pain.
- Avoid sugar and foods containing a lot of sugar. You must be aware by now that sugar is a leading cause of cavities and therefore can cause extra pain when dealing with a toothache. Always brush or use a rinse after eating foods containing sugar to prevent additional pain.
- Toothache pain is sometimes aggravated by either hot or cold, or sometimes even both. Make sure any home remedies you try accommodate for your specific sensitivity. Using ice cubes in the mouth for example is not a good idea if you know your tooth hurts more after eating ice cream for example.
- On that note, you may want to consider that your toothache is actually just tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity, also described as a short, sharp pain most frequently occurs when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drinks. You may also feel discomfort when consuming sweet or sour food and drinks, or when you brush your teeth and rinse with cold water. Many adults have only occasional tooth sensitivity. Some adults experience chronic pain. Tooth sensitivity may be an indication of an underlying dental problem. Please consult your dentist. (Source: http://us.sensodyne.com/faq.aspx)
- Do your research and find a reputable dentist in your area. Ask your friends and family for one they have visited before and make sure you explain any issues or pain you are having with your dentist. Regular dental visits will provide long term relief of future toothache pain – although this can be costly without insurance. Check with your local health department to see if there are any low-cost dental clinics in your area. They often will offer services on a sliding scale fee based on your income – although the waiting list to be seen is often lengthy. Regular checkups will prevent future problems though, and prevention is the best remedy in the long run!