Our teeth are small compared to the rest of our bodies but toothaches, or pain in or around the tooth or jaw, can sometimes feel larger than life. In addition to cavities, there are a number of reasons we might experience discomfort in the area, including trapped food, gum disease, broken fillings, tooth decay, and more.
Although it might be tempting to self-diagnose, it’s best to consult with a professional so that you can get the most accurate examination and proper treatment. You should contact your dentist if a toothache lasts for more than a day. You want to catch problems as early as possible so you don’t get an infection.
While you’re waiting it out, avoid hot and cold stimuli and chewing in affected areas. There are also some natural remedies you can try to help alleviate your pain. Continue reading for one example that has helped out many others.
#1 Toothaches are no picnic. Time to act fast!
If your toothache lasts longer than a day or two, it’s time to head to the dentist. You might already know the reason for your pain but only an expert can confirm that
#2 If for whatever reason you can’t make it to the dentist, try this.
“The best essential oil according to medical literature is clove oil,” Dr. Josh Axe said in his YouTube video “How to Cure a Toothache Fast.”
“Clove actually ranks as the highest antioxidant herb in the entire world today … take one single drop and you rub it right on the area.”
#3 But let’s get real. Who actually has clove essential oil in their medicine cabinet?
Not only is clove oil antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral, it is also an aphrodisiac. Even though it is the most effective at-home ingredient you can use for toothaches, most of us don’t have a bottle in the house. The good news is that you can go out and buy clove powder as an alternative.
#4 Next, mix the clove powder with some coconut oil.
This mixture alone will work well. Now, you have a paste-like remedy that you can apply easily. Some people grind whole cloves with a mortar and pestle, and others place a whole clove in their mouths. The important thing is to get those oils in the painful area.
#5 If you’d like, you can add half a teaspoon of salt and pepper to the mix.
Salt is an abrasive that works to remove stains on your teeth, brightening them in the process. It also contains fluoride. Black pepper isn’t just good for helping relieve toothaches, it’s also great for fighting tooth decay.