Toothaches are a result of dental cavities or decay. Seeing a dentist right away is the best option if your toothache lasts more than 24 to 48 hours, if you experience excruciating pain, or if you have an earache, fever, or pain when you open your mouth wide.
Several researchers have done a handful of studies to search for natural remedies for toothache. Here are 5 of them:
1. Clove Oil
Clove oil is extracted from the clove tree, a plant that is indigenous in Indonesia. For centuries, many people see it as the best oil for relieving toothaches. This belief was proven true by the Journal of Immunotoxicology when they published the first study to prove that eugenol present in clove oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Clove oil provides great relief for dental pain and discomfort, and treats dry socket. It is even the highest-ranking antioxidant herb in the world today [R].
The importance of clove oil in dentistry was even more highlighted in the study published by the Journal of Dentistry in 2006 where they proved that clove oil is as effective as a topical agent, benzocaine, when it comes to numbing [R].
Clove oil is a topical agent. You simply use one drop and rub it on the aching area.
2. Coca Leaves
Traditionally found in western South America, the leaves of the coca plant have been useful as an analgesic and local anesthesia for the treatment of stomach aches, mouth sores, and toothaches. Sometimes, it is also used as anesthesia during surgery. This pain-relieving property can be attributed to the inhibition of sodium channels, thereby lowering nerve impulse conduction and neuropathic pain [R] [R] [R] [R] [R].
3. Celandine Extract
According to cell studies on bacteria, the alkaloids present in celandine extract inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a major contributor to tooth decay. Tooth decay is the leading cause of toothache, so using celandine extract is a good preventative measure. It has been used traditionally as a cure for toothache and cramps. In fact, a study done on rats found 2 types of celandine extracts that are potent painkillers and have the same effect as morphine. Its numbing effect is attributed to the blocking of pain signals in brain cells [R] [R] [R] [R].
Aside from being a tasty addition to a lot of dishes, garlic is also known for its medicinal value. It has antibiotic properties that can help kill plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth. It also helps relieve pain and reduce inflammation [R].
To use garlic as a pain reliever, you can either pound a garlic clove and apply it on the affected area, or chew a fresh garlic clove.
5. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is an essential ingredient in baking, but unbeknownst to some, it is also a great pain reliever for toothache. The alcohol in vanilla helps in numbing the gums around an aching tooth. Its antioxidant properties also help hasten healing [R].
To use it, simply apply a few drops to the affected area using light pressure. You can also use a cotton ball and leave it on for about a few minutes. You may repeat this treatment as many times as you need to.