What Are Common Remedies Toothache?

By: Richard Bleuze

What are common remedies for toothache?

Common dental causes of toothache include dental cavities, dental abscess, gum disease, irritation of the tooth root, cracked tooth syndrome, temporomandibular disease, impaction, and eruption.

Dental Cavities

The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity. Dental cavities are holes in the two outer layers of a tooth called the enamel and the dentin. The enamel is the outermost white hard surface and the dentin is the yellow layer just beneath the enamel. Both layers serve to protect the inner living tooth tissue called the pulp, where blood vessels and nerves reside. Certain bacteria in the mouth convert simple sugars into acid. The acid softens and  dissolves the enamel and dentin, creating cavities. The larger deeper cavities can collect food debris. The inner living pulp of the affected tooth can become irritated by bacterial toxins or by foods that are cold, hot, sour, or sweet-causing toothache. Toothache from these larger cavities is the most common reason for visits to dentists.

Toothache remedies for dental cavities:

When toothache occurs, avoid hot, cold or sweet drinks for this will help prevent pain from pulpitis.
Chewing cloves or rubbing clove oil on the tooth is good for toothache.
Mixture of crushed clove and peanut butter will provide relief. Apply this to the aching tooth and keep it in there for some time.
Make a solution of salt and water and gargle.
Ginger is also good. Try to do the same procedure as the cloves and it gives same relief.
Using crushed garlic.
Drops of vanilla extract on the affected tooth are an effective remedy.
Oil of oregano on the paining tooth is also effective.
Ice is a traditional relief for toothache. Chew a piece of ice on the aching side of the mouth, although in the case of cavity this may make it hurt more!

Dental Abscess

Treatment of a small and shallow cavity usually involves a dental filling. Treatment of a larger cavity involves an onlay or crown. Treatment of a cavity that has penetrated and injured the pulp requires either a root canal procedure or extraction of the affected tooth. Injury to the pulp can lead to death of pulp tissue, resulting in tooth infection. The treatment of an infected tooth is either removal of the tooth or a root canal procedure. The root canal procedure involves removing the dying pulp tissue and replacing it with an inert material. The procedure is used in an attempt to save the dying tooth from extraction.

What concerns me the most about an untreated or neglected tooth abcess is its ability to infect the heart.  Thus, please make an appointment with a dentist.

Toothache remedy for dental abscess:

I can tell you that Liquid Propolis, Colloidal Silver, Grapefruit Seed Extract will markedly knock down the symptoms, but the infection will flare up again and never actually go away. 

So please listen to me. Take care of any tooth abcess. It has the capacity to really hurt your health.

Gum Disease

The second most common cause of toothache is gum disease. Gum disease refers to inflammation of the soft tissue and abnormal loss of bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. Gum disease is caused by toxins secreted by bacteria in "plaque" that accumulate over time along the gum line. This plaque is a mixture of food, saliva, and bacteria. Early symptoms of gum disease include gum bleeding without pain. Pain is a symptom of more advanced gum disease as the loss of bone around the teeth leads to the formation of gum pockets. Bacteria in these pockets cause gum infection, swelling, pain, and further bone destruction. Advanced gum disease can cause loss of otherwise healthy teeth.  Thus, it is suggested that to avoid toothache that one should perform oral hygiene and have the removal of bacterial plaque done.

Toothache remedy for gum disease:

Smear aloe vera on the infected gums.
Rinse the mouth with salty water.
Boil water with salvia and gurgle.
Mix cinnamon with water and gurgle.
Try putting locust honey on the gum infection. Also good for growing teeth.
Wash you mouth often with chamomile and salvia.
Eat fresh apples.
Gurgle lemon juice and salty water.
Herbal remedy for gum infection: blanch Thyme-Leaved Savory and gurgle.
Blanch 3 tablespoons of diced pomegranate peel in 2 cups of water and gurgle.
Boil some carnations, cool and gurgle.

Tooth Root Sensitivities

Chronic gum disease also contributes to toothache due to root sensitivities. The roots are the lower 2/3 of the teeth that are normally buried in bone. The bacterial toxins dissolve the bone around the roots and cause the gum and the bone to recede, exposing the roots. The exposed roots can become sensitive to cold, hot, and sour foods because they are no longer protected by healthy gum and bone. The sensitivities may be so severe that one avoids any cold or sour foods.

Toothache remedy for tooth root sensitivities:

Bring on the desensitizing toothpaste.
Try putting some of the toothpaste on your finger or on a cotton swab and spreading it over the sensitive spots before you go to bed. Spit, but don’t rinse.
Try a fluoride rinse.
People with sensitive teeth sometime need a stronger fluoride rinse or gel than the ones available over the counter.
Keep your teeth clean.
Use a soft toothbrush.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked Tooth Syndrome refers to a toothache caused by a broken tooth without associated cavity or advanced gum disease. Biting on the area of tooth fracture can cause severe sharp pains. These fractures are usually due to chewing or biting hard objects such as hard candies, pencils, nuts, etc.  Treatment usually involves protecting the tooth with a full-coverage gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal crown.

Toothache remedy for a cracked tooth:

After every meal, chew a little salt and gargle with water.
Soft brush can be used to clean the particles caught between the teeth and the gums. Make it habit to clean the teeth every morning and before retiring to bed.
Try putting whisky on some cotton wool and placing it on the tooth.

Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome

Diseases of the temporo-mandibular joint(s) can cause pain, usually in front of one or both ears. The TMJ hinges the lower jaw to the skull. Pain in the temporo-mandibular joint(s) can be caused by acute trauma, inflammatory or degenerative arthritis, or by the mandible being pushed back towards the ears whenever one chews or swallows.  The above in turn will cause one to have a toothache.

Toothache remedy for TMJ Syndrome:

Give up chewing gum for a few weeks or more to see if that helps. If it does help, you may have to can the gum all together.
Avoid sleeping on the side of your face where your jaw is more sore. If both joints are affected, try sleeping on your back.

More severe cases of TMJ dysfunction are referred to an oral surgeon who can coordinate a treatment plan that may or may not include surgery

Impaction & Eruption

Impacted or erupting molar teeth can cause pain. As the molar teeth erupt, the nearby tissues can become inflamed and swollen. Impacted teeth can require pain medication, antibiotics, and surgical removal. This most commonly occurs with impacted molar (wisdom) teeth.

Toothache remedy for impaction & eruption:

Putting ground mint leaves with salt on affected tooth will relieve the pain.
Restrict sugar intake, include raw vegetables in diet.
Avoid frequent small snacks and sugar intake.

Toothache At A Glance
The most common cause of a toothache is a dental cavity followed by a gum disease which is the second most common cause of a toothache.
However, as you can see, a toothache can also be caused by a problem that does not originate from a tooth or the jaw.

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