The throbbing pain of a toothache is enough to make even the strongest person admit defeat.
There’s something about tooth pain that’s unlike anything else; I wince just thinking about it. Lately, it seems like there’s someone with an angry tooth around every corner.
I did a lot of research on natural remedies for toothaches and I’ve narrowed down three remedies that work almost every time.
Before I give you this super simple list, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, these remedies are NOT a substitute for good oral care. You should still be brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Preferably with natural fluoride-free toothpaste, natural floss, and natural mouthwash.
These remedies are also not meant to replace a dentist’s care.
I do recommend you see a biologic (holistic) dentist regularly. Remember you still need to know what exactly is wrong with your chompers.
That said if you need something to get you through a rough patch while you get the care you need, here are three remedies that actually relieve a toothache.
*Note: These remedies are guidelines for adults. An older child can do oil pulling (as long as they spit everything out), but clove oil and oregano oil are both only to be used with older kids (minimum over two years of age–some holistic practitioners have given ranges from 2 to 5 years so check with your provider) and must be properly diluted and preferably only under the guidance of an experienced herbalist or holistic/integrative pediatrician.
If you haven’t jumped on the latest wellness wagon, you really need to start. Seriously, start now, stop thinking about it and just do it already. Oil pulling is AMAZING!
So why does this help a toothache? Well, oil pulling with coconut oil has the remarkable ability to pull plaque and bacteria from the tiniest crevices of your teeth, and can therefore relieve the pain and intensity of a toothache.
BS you say? Nope, I’ve tried it, and so have several people close to me, one with particularly bad teeth (we’re talking someone who needed a root canal and has super plaque covered teeth) and each time this remedy made a big difference.
When one family member stopped oil pulling the toothache immediately came back. Once she started oil pulling again, the pain went away. Use this as the foundation to your toothache (healthy teeth) protocol. Add this to the other two methods for best results.
If you aren’t familiar with oil pulling here’s what you need to know.
- First, you’ll need to buy some organic unrefined coconut oil (you can use any oil, but the consensus is coconut oil is best. This is thanks to its natural antibacterial properties).
- Take a spoonful of coconut oil (about ¾ of a tablespoon or so) and commence swishing. You’ll be swishing the oil around your mouth for about 20 minutes. Yes, I can hear your protest already, I know 20 minutes is a long time to swish anything, but I promise the reward will be worth the effort. Try to do his while getting ready for work, taking a shower, or watching TV. The time will fly by.
- DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL. The oil is basically pulling out all the nasty stuff from your mouth (think plaque and bacteria) and you definitely do not want to swallow the stuff. Repeat, do not swallow.
- Spit out ALL the oil. Don’t be alarmed if it looks white and frothy. That’s partly from the emulsification from swishing and partly from the bacteria. Consider spitting in trashcan since oil hardens as it cools and you don’t want a plumbing bill to go along with your new clean teeth.
- You should see whiter teeth with noticeably less plaque and healthier gums within a week of daily use.
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For many years dentists used clove essential oil as a topical analgesic (pain reliever) and antibiotic, and for good reason, it works!
However, because this is an essential oil, and a powerful one at that, there are a few words of caution.
Use the oil diluted, either add a drop to an 8oz (or so) glass of water (don’t use a plastic cup as it will eat away the plastic) and swish (my preferred method) or mix one drop with about a tablespoon of coconut oil and dab on and around your tooth. Hold the cotton there for about 5-10 minutes for better relief.
*Note: Clove oil is an irritant. Diabetics and people with kidney or liver disease should not use clove oil. As with any essential oil use caution, do not use in excess, and research the safety before using.
This remedy will act as an internal antibiotic and help kill the bacteria. Oregano oil is a powerful herbal antibiotic (source). In fact I recommend everyone keep it on hand for bacterial emergencies.
I’ve used oregano oil as needed for years and can honestly say it’s one of the most powerful natural remedies I’ve used.
One concern with infected teeth is that the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc on organs like the kidneys. Another reason it’s best to be under the care of a dentist.
Be aware that oregano oil is quite powerful. You’ll only need to take a capsule of diluted oil 1-2X per day depending on the strength. Don’t exceed this amount! This is the brand I use.
I’ve seen studies that indicate oregano oil does not kill certain beneficial gut bacteria (source), but anecdotal reports (including my own experiences) make me think there is some beneficial bacteria die off. Because of this I always recommend people take it with a good probiotic taken at least two hours AFTER the oregano oil capsule.
Think of oregano oil like you would an antibiotic, only use as needed and for a limited amount of time (I haven’t seen any protocols that recommend oregano oil beyond six weeks but consult your herbalist or doctor), and use in restricted doses.
Note on oregano oil: Also be aware that if you have a candida overgrowth, bad bacteria overgrowth, or parasites the oregano oil will likely kill off that bacteria too.
This is a good thing, BUT you may experience symptoms of the die off, and those symptoms can be unpleasant. They can also be taxing on your detoxifying organs.
So if you do take oregano oil for this or any other reason make sure you drink plenty of water, take in plenty of fiber (like that from fresh vegetables, fruit, and psyllium to help move waste out of your colon), and stick to whole foods, teas, and herbs that can help your body detoxify. You can read more about using psyllium husk for a colon cleanse here.
That said, I’ve personally used oregano oil to heal a toothache. It worked wonderfully and relieved the pain almost immediately.
My family member (mentioned above) also used it to successfully relieve the pain from her abscessed tooth (before she went to see her dentist).
Toothaches are no joke, and they can be potentially dangerous because a toothache is just a symptom of a bigger problem.
It is super important to keep your teeth and gums healthy and seek the care of a capable dentist. I can’t stress enough that these remedies don’t replace needed care.
P.S. If you want to learn more about how to heal with herbs read my post, 5 Life Changing Books About Herbal Medicine.
I hope you found this little list of natural remedies for toothaches helpful.
Until next time awesome families!
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