What is a Toothache?
A toothache is any pain or soreness within or around a tooth or the jaw. The most common cause of toothache is dental cavities. Bacteria in the mouth can form plaques that stick to teeth and form acids that eat through tooth enamel, causing a cavity. This toothache pain is usually worse when you eat cold or hot food.
Other common causes of toothache are gum disease, tooth abscess, cracked tooth, irritated tooth root, and a condition called temporomandibular joint, which affects the jaw.
Toothache can also be a sign of heart attack, ear infections, and sinusitis.
Natural Remedies for a Toothache
Although there haven't been clinical trials on natural toothache remedies to date, the following two home toothache remedies have been used in folk medicine to reduce toothache.
1) Clove Oil Compress
Clove oil contains eugenol, a natural pain killer and antibacterial. Mix 2 to 3 drops of pure clove oil with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil. Saturate a cotton ball with the mixture and place the cotton ball beside the tooth.
If the toothache involves a molar at the back of your mouth, you can bite down gently on the cotton ball to keep it in place. Leave it there for as long as possible (but don't go to sleep with it in your mouth.) Pain relief should begin quite rapidly.
Side effects: Undiluted clove oil inside the mouth can causing burning, tissue or nerve damage, and pain. In large doses, clove oil taken orally can cause vomiting, sore throat, seizure, difficulty breathing, kidney failure, or liver damage. Clove oil shouldn't be applied to broken skin.
Children, pregnant or nursing women, and people with diabetes, kidney or liver disease or bleeding disorders should avoid taking clove oil.
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2) Activated Charcoal Compress
Activated charcoal is available at many drug stores and natural health food stores.
Mix two teaspoons of activated charcoal powder with just enough water to make a paste. Apply it to a piece of gauze and place the gauze on the tooth. Bite down.