Throbbing toothache is one pain I have experience. This article provides homemade organic remedies that fights infection and bacteria
What is toothache?
The use of natural homemade organic remedies against toothache is increasingly becoming acceptable and pertinent. Toothache is defined as any pain experienced in the tooth and usually around the nerve in the root of a tooth. Good oral hygiene is achieved by brushing regularly twice a day and eating lots of food low in sugar content. However, dental problems, especially toothache is unpredictable because bacteria can find their way into the teeth and cause an infection. Unfortunately regular use of prescribed antibiotics will offer temporal relieve but over time can become drug resistant. Hence, the use of natural home remedies to stop further spread of infection and halt toothache is recommended.
What are the causes of toothache?
Toothache can be caused by an eruption or removal of tooth, damaged filling, and a tooth fracture. However, this article is directed towards toothache caused by bacteria infection often called abscessed tooth, infected gums, toothache developed from grinding, and clenching teeth.
What are the symptoms of toothache?
Several symptoms have been reported by people but vary accordingly. They include swelling around the teeth, toothache induced headache or fever, foul taste from the infected tooth, constant pain around the gum, sharp throbbing pain around the tooth, and sharp ache when pressure is applied to the teeth. It could also be in the form of sting or soreness around the gum, and inflammation to the pulp or pulpits.
How can I treat toothache at home?
Most often, toothache can be temporary treated with home remedies before scheduling a visit to the dentist or while waiting for the doctor’s appointment. I once had a nagging toothache that took almost three days before a scheduled visit to the dentist was confirmed but luckily it never befell pulling out the tooth nor caused permanent damage because I used certain organic pain relievers, and natural antibacterial resistant plants at home. Two of the plants were found out of serendipity, while the other three had been tried by people whom I know and reported to be effective. The most advantageous reality is that they instantaneously halt the toothache, stops further deterioration, and cross infection to the other side of the tooth or gum.
Dentists tell you not to pick your teeth with any sharp metal object. Then you sit in their chair and the first thing they grab is an iron hook
— Bill Cosby
What are the benefits?
These nature–friendly organics have been referenced by several published scientific research papers. For example Gul et al. (2012) had reported the inhibitory effect of some of these plants. The function against pathological infections and are anti–drug resistant germs. They are resistant to bacteria and functions by getting to the root of the problem to instantly initiate therapeutic actions by relieving stress, reducing anxiety, provide better sleep, and stops further spreads of infection. Additionally, extracts from some of these organics are now used in over the counter regular herbal toothpaste found in ASDA, SPAR, TESCO and WALMART.
Why should I use them?
The natural homemade remedies are non toxic, and do not contain synthesized laboratory chemicals. Moreover, the offer some other benefits beyond healing of toothache to providing a healthy gum, healthy gut, and blood detoxification. Hence for people that want to reduce the burden of high cost of treatment, reduce toothache before and after booking appointment, and stop the spread of bacteria to other side of the teeth, and gum, this natural home remedies is for you.
What are these plants and how should I use them?
1. Indian Gum Arabic
Class: it is the class of herbs (Acacia Arabica) and shrubs that includes so many species from acacia in gum-form and commonly known as babul or kikar.
Source: can be obtained in grocery stores in crushed, ground, and whole form. It can also be planted at home in the garden.
Benefit: it is used in toothpaste formulation to relieve toothache, and irritation, helps wound healing, and promotes oral health.
Uses: it can be used in cooking, drinks and other substances, or chewed against the sore tooth and spit out the fiber.
2. Bark and Fruit of Blackberry
Class: it is a fruit often referred to as the powerhouse of antioxidants and rich in vitamin A and Vitamin. K. It’s also know as fruit of Kentucky and belongs to the Genus Rubus L. family
Source: blackberry is available at grocery stores but the bark is essential in curing toothache. The berry can be obtained from the spice stores, online stores and farmers. It is a bush plant with thorns and can be planted in the garden or used as ornament.
Benefit: it is used in treating mouth (pain and swelling) and eyes disease and tipped with the potential to treat oral cancers. It is commonly known in the Asia as “mouth rinse” for throat irritation.
Uses: the blackberry fruit can be consumed with breakfast or used in making smoothies, but the bark of the tree or the root (soaked in water for 10 minutes) can be chewed against the sore tooth and spit out the fiber to relieve toothache.
Class: Tulsi an Indian herb know as holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) known for its long standing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Source: basil can be obtained in grocery stores, organic shops, and Asian stores or planted in the garden.
Benefit: the basil not only provides relieve but fights inflammation, and infection caused by toothache. Whether it is cuts or wounds basil have unique healing powers that alleviate pain, and triggers healing process.
Uses: pluck about 3-4 leaves of basil and wash them thoroughly from dirt and dust. Add a teaspoonful of turmeric into each leave, and put it inside your mouth to be held against the toothache with your teeth for 5 minutes. Do not swallow but spit it out. Repeat the process thrice a week for best results.
Using any of the named plants in combination with Garlic and Ginger is one of the surest ways to get faster healing results and instant relieve from toothache. The garlic and ginger should be peeled off before chewing. Chew gently against the painful tooth and allow the juice to soak into the teeth and swallow after chewing. This homemade remedy for toothache is very effective.
Class: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a herbaceous rhizome and perennial plant with characteristic deep orange to yellow color and often powdered before been sold.
Source: Turmeric can be bought from herbal stores, spice stores and Asian stores. It’s beginning to appear at the shelves of conventional supermarkets as more people are demanding for it.
Benefit: the turmeric not only provides relieve because it contains antiseptic, and antifungal properties that fights gum diseases, and toothache.
Use: pluck about two leaves of basil and wash thoroughly from dirt and dust. Add a teaspoonful of turmeric into a mortar, add a little water, and the basil leave and pound into paste. Use a cotton wool and apply the mixture at the affected tooth and hold it tightly for 5 minutes. Do not swallow but spit it out. Repeat the process twice a week for best results.
5. Guava Leaves
Class: Guava (Psidium guajava) is a tropical fruit typical grown in Africa and Central America. It belongs to the myrtle family
Source: Guava fruit though beneficial to health can aggravate toothache when chewed notwithstanding; howbeit, the leaves are loaded with essential nutrients and minerals. Guava leaves can be sourced from farmers or online but commonly found at peoples’ garden and backyard. One may be lucky to find packaged guava fruits together with the leaves at the supermarkets
Benefit: the guava leaves are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus minerals found in toothpaste. So instead of synthetic chemicals why not try this natural remedy with anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial ability to fight tooth infection and kill germs.
Uses: pluck two guava leaves and wash thoroughly from dirt and dust. Add a teaspoonful of turmeric and chew or add powdered ginger or garlic into the leave, and chew against the paining tooth for 5 minutes, making sure the juice circulates around the tooth. Do not swallow but spit it out the chaff and rinse your mouth with warm salty water. Repeat the process thrice a week for best results.
When should I see a Dentist?
Dentists are health professionals that look after our teeth. You should have your teeth checked regularly by a dentist twice a year or at least once a year for early detection and treatment of any teeth infection and gum disease. However, in the event of trying the above home remedy and an overbearing toothache persist whereby you can’t eat, drink, prepare dinner or drink, then officially consult your dentist. It is best to see a professional also in the event of toothache persisting after 2 days application of the home remedy.
Conclusion and Recommendation
There is no one panacea to toothache, because the underlying causes and body response differs. However, like the proverbial saying that "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," similarly these natural remedies have superior healing properties for toothache and gum infection than normal toothpaste. Although there no known side effect from them, but it is recommended that you speak to your doctor. Especially, if you have specific medical condition, pregnant women or nursing mothers, and those on medication as well as people with sensitive skin types.
Oluwasina, O.O., Ezenwosu, I.V., Ogidi, C.O. et al. Antimicrobial potential of toothpaste formulated from extracts of Syzygium aromaticum, Dennettia tripetala and Jatropha curcas latex against some oral pathogenic microorganisms. AMB Expr 9, 20 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13568-019-0744-2
Gull, I., Saeed, M., Shaukat, H. et al. Inhibitory effect of Allium sativum and Zingiber officinale extracts on clinically important drug resistant pathogenic bacteria. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob 11, 8 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-0711-11-8
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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