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12 of the Best Known Home Remedies for a Toothache

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Folk remedies for tooth achesToothaches are a pain, literally! They can be some of the worst pain a person ever has when it comes to pain. It never stops aching. Toothaches can cause or mimic many other symptoms such as sinus pain, sore throat, and it can keep you feeling miserable for hours! And worst of all, if it’s late at night, the dentist’s office is closed.  What can you do to relieve the pain until you can visit your dentist?

There are plenty of toothache remedies out there and some of them work quite well, some even eliminating the toothache completely.  However, it depends on the person’s pain threshold and severity of the problem. There are several remedies you can use for short term relief, many remedies you can use until you visit the dentist, and some will “cure” the problem.

One of the reasons you may have a toothache is because the root can have an infection in it. That’s why it hurts so much. The best way to deal with a toothache that has an infection is to clear up the infection. Another reason a tooth becomes painful is due to unhealthy or infected gums. If your gums are sensitive or an area hurts or throbs, the tissue around the tooth is irritated, possibly infected.  Brushing your teeth may further irritate the gums and “push down” the infection further into the gums. This can affect a specific tooth or region.

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Of course, the best preventative is to take better care of your teeth, but sometimes that doesn’t help. You can have a particle of food stuck in the gum that is causing trouble, or have a cracked tooth, abscess, decayed or damaged filling. While it is true some remedies will just help for a couple of hours, it is worth considering some of the remedies below, and you may be surprised at the dramatic relief you can receive from an aching tooth.

  1. An excellent way to help an infection is to use Dr. Christopher’s Infection formula. You break open the capsule and add to a little water and swish it around your mouth. Hold it in your mouth for about 5 minutes so the tooth is thoroughly exposed. Do this 3 to 5 times a day and also swallow two capsules with water every 4 hours. The pain should subside in about 10 to 30 minutes. It depends on how severe it is and how bad the infection. The infection will be less in a couple of hours. It should be gone in several days, sometimes overnight. Note: this is not intended to substitute for proper dental care but is an idea to use until you get to the dentist. Of course, if the problem is gone before you see the dentist all the better.
  2. If the irritation or infection is caused by gum problems, then using Dr. Christopher’s Tooth Powder is the perfect cleaning remedy for your mouth. It provides polishing, protects from the destruction of tooth enamel, and helps to clean off tartar. It also strengthens the gums, stops bleeding gums, and promotes nutrition and fresh breath. You won’t believe how clean your mouth and teeth will feel.

Short Term Remedies for Toothaches

  1. Clove oil – use your finger or a piece of cotton soaked in clove oil and hold it on the gum next to the aching tooth.
  2. Oregano Spirits or Oil of Oregano — Mix a few drops with olive oil or an oil of your choice, sesame seed is a good anti-bacterial oil, then saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and apply to aching tooth. You can also replace the olive oil with lukewarm water, if preferred.
  3. Echinacea or Echinacea & Goldenseal – use a cup of Echinacea tea or a tincture and take 20 to 40 drops (a dropper full) every 30 minutes until the aching tooth subsides.
  4. Turmeric mixed with a little Cayenne – open two capsules of turmeric, add a little cayenne, mix in water, swish around in mouth. This can help reduce the inflammation around the tooth.

Folk Remedies That Work Until You Can See Your Dentist

  1. Salt and pepper – make a paste of table salt and pepper with water. Apply directly to aching tooth.
  2. Glove of garlic – will help with an aching tooth.  Mince it up and apply directly on the tooth that is hurting. (Be careful it might burn)
  3. Willow bark – chew on a willow tree twig or piece of bark; this only works if you have a white willow tree in your yard! Willow bark is the original source of aspirin.
  4. Calendula – has a long history of being used for the gums and teeth. Mash with water or oil to make a paste out of the flower and put it on the infected tooth.
  5. If you lose a filling you can use slippery elm to cover it until you can make it to the dentist.  Make a paste of slippery elm powder and water and then put around the tooth where the filling has come out– unless it is too painful.
  6. You can also use Calendula, sage, and a pinch of salt if you have bleeding gums. Make a strong tea with these herbs, add salt to tea, and swish around in your mouth for several minutes.
  7. Yarrow herb is a healer and also may take away some of the pain. To help relieve toothaches, apply the fresh root or leaves to the gums and teeth.
  8. A few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil can be added to water. Cleansing the mouth with this solution can give rapid relief to inflamed gums. It is a very potent antibacterial.
  9. The root of an Echinacea plant is also good for an aching tooth. The extract can be mixed in a little water and swished around in the mouth.

Long Term Remedies for Toothaches

  • Brush your teeth twice or three times a day using Dr. Christopher’s Tooth Powder
  • Take Green Foods like Jurassic Greens, Spirulina, or Klamah Lake Blue Green Algaen
  • If you can’t brush, at least rinse your mouth out after eating, using warm water or salt water
  • See your dentist twice a year
  • Most cities have free dental clinics if you can’t afford to have work done by your own dentist. Not all of them just pull teeth because they hurt. They do very good dental work and usually don’t charge you anything, but they can always use a donation

Did you know you can use any of these tooth ache remedies on your pets?  Yes, indeed, you can!

Visit us at our Herb Shop for more information about teeth and how to take care of them to prevent toothaches.  You can also purchase any of the herbs needed to prevent tooth and gum problems.

How do you take care of your toothache? Leave us a comment and share your folk remedy with us…

Yours Truly,

“The Herbal Explorers,” Jacks Smithson and Laurence Layne

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