3 Natural Remedies For A Toothache

Posted on: 12 April 2016


If you have an achy tooth, you may have already tried multiple over-the-counter remedies, such as oral analgesic gels and painkillers. However, there are some natural things that can help eliminate dental discomfort. Here are a few of them:

Tea Bags

A tea bag can help lessen the pain of a throbbing tooth. Often, tooth pain is associated with an infection in the tooth or the gums that border it. The tea inside a tea bag contains tannic acid, which is able to draw out the infected material from the tooth or the surrounding gums.

The removal of the infected material can lessen the pain associated with the tooth. Dental nerves lie in the pulp of the tooth, which is the living material in the inner chambers. As infected material builds up inside the tooth, pressure is placed on the dental nerves, inciting large amounts of pain. Removal of the infected liquid lessens the swelling and provides some relief for the inflamed nerves.

In addition, tea contains polyphenols, which have antibacterial properties. Thus, some of the germs that are associated with the dental infection can be eliminated using the tea.

To use a tea bag to help minimize the discomfort of your toothache, place the bag directly against the throbbing tooth. Allow the bag to remain in place for a long period. Many people who suffer from a toothache choose to allow the bag to remain in their mouth overnight. When the bag is removed, you may notice that the swelling around the tooth has subsided, and the bag may be covered with slimy pus.

Saltwater Solutions

Warm saltwater can be swished about the mouth to help lessen dental pain. The salt in the solution can kill bacteria. In addition, salt reduces swelling.

To make a saltwater solution, simply add a spoonful of table salt or sea salt to a cup of warm water.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be brushed onto the inflamed tooth or used during a session of oil pulling. Oil pulling is an old Indian practice that can help eliminate bacteria from the mouth.

To oil pull with coconut oil, place a spoonful of the oil in your mouth and move it about the oral cavity in the same manner that you would move regular mouthwash. Allow the oil to remain in the mouth for about 20 minutes.

As the oil touches the different surfaces inside the oral cavity, it traps bacteria. Thus, if your toothache is associated with a dental infection, it can lessen the offending microbes in the mouth. In addition, coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, so it can sooth the inflamed tooth and gums.

Once the coconut oil is released, trapped bacteria are released with it. 

Even if your toothache subsides completely, it is important to find the root cause of the pain and to receive appropriate treatment. For more information, contact Dental Services Franklin Dental Centre or a similar location.