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4 Natural Solutions for Toothaches

written by Guest Blogger June 6, 2014

Tooth pain is one of the most unbearable pains for most people. If you’re into natural living and you have a toothache, try some of these suggestions by Theo Schmidt! 

Toothaches can be distracting and painful, but regular painkillers aren’t a perfect solution for everyone. If you have health issues that prevent you from taking certain painkillers, or personal beliefs that mean you’d like to steer clear of traditional medication try these natural solutions instead.

According to Sierra Dental, the first thing you should do when treating a toothache is rinse your mouth with warm water. Then carefully brush and floss your teeth to remove any particles. If symptoms persist, call a dentist or try one of these four natural solutions below.

It is important to note that these solutions are targeting the symptoms associated with a toothache, but that they aren’t cures for the root cause.

1. Salt Water Rinse

  1. Dissolve about a teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water.
  2. Swish the solution around in your mouth for up to a minute.
  3. Repeat for several days as needed.

While the rinse may briefly hurt, it should provide immediate relief. However, if the tooth has been covered by a sealant, the salt water may not help. If the pain persists or the rinse makes the pain worse, you probably have a more serious problem that will require the help of a dentist.

2. Hand Acupressure

  • Find the spot on the back of your hand where the base of your thumb and index finger meet.
  • Use the thumb on your other hand to apply pressure for about two minutes.

This technique releases endorphins (otherwise known as your brain’s feel good chemicals) that relieve pain. See this chart for details. Please note that this method is not safe for pregnant women because it may induce contractions.

3. Cloves

Cloves help relieve pain because they contain something called eugenol that acts as an antiseptic and an anesthetic. There are three typical ways to use cloves to treat a toothache. You can use ground cloves, whole cloves, or clove oil. Be sure not to go overboard with any of these methods as overuse of cloves can deaden the nerves in your tooth.

Ground Cloves

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
  • Take a pinch of ground cloves and place it between your sore gum and cheek.
  • As the cloves mix with your saliva, the pain should subside.

Whole Cloves

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
  • Hold two or three cloves next to the aching tooth until they become soft.
  • Then, if the pain isn’t too severe, chew the cloves to release the oil.

Clove Oil Compress

This method is considered by many to be the most effective, but you will need a few more supplies.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
  • Mix a few drops of clove oil with ½ teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and hold it firmly against the sore gum.

4. Tea

  • Choose a tea that is high in tannins like black tea or green tea.
  • Soak the tea bag in warm water, then drain most of the water.
  • Hold the tea bag between your aching tooth and your gums for several minutes, but be sure not to chew or tear the bag.

The tea bag draws out the toxins to relieve pain while the tannins have a numbing effect similar to cloves.

Although none of these treatments will entirely cure a toothache, they can help to relieve the pain. If you are experiencing severe, lengthy pain it is wise to visit a dentist or even emergency dentist as soon as possible.

About the Author

Theo Schmidt enjoys spending time in the outdoors and is passionate about protecting the environment. 

Do you have any natural toothache solutions that have worked for you?

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