So here it is, 20 natural treatments that have been highly effective in the treatment of toothache pain while helping to reduce infection. Some remedies outlined here offer relief within an hour while others take effect within a few hours of application. These remedies are for pain relief only and do not replace the need for a good dentist. This should only be used as a temporary measure to help relieve pain if you are not able to get to a dentist immediately because there is no substitute for proper dental treatment that can get the real heart of the matter and treat the root cause (no pun intended) affecting your teeth which may be beyond the scope of just natural pain relief alone. Treating the cause rather than just treating the symptoms of pain is the best solution for permanent, pain free results. There are several natural remedies using things you already have around your home that can provide pain relief for your toothache. Because these are natural they leave no known side effects and are easy to implement. There are a couple of treatments that pregnant women should avoid. These remedies may seem like hocus pocus potions straight out of the pages of Hogwarts book of spells but they really do work. Ice Compress and Ice Cold Mouth Rinse Depending upon the type of toothache you have, for example if you have the toothache due to hypersensitivity then this might not be the best option for you. If you’re not overly sensitive to cold then this may be an effective solution. Toothache arising from non sensitivity usually indicates infection where ice is the best line of defense. Ice works by numbing the localized area by interrupting the pain signals the nerve cells transmit to the brain giving you temporary relief. It also reduces swelling and inflammation that arises from infection from abscesses. These are several ways in which you can use ice to give pain relief, choose any one of the following:- Directions: 1. Wrap an ice cube inside a washcloth, run cold water over it for 10 seconds, enough to dampen the area containing the ice cube (this allows for the coolness of the ice cube to permeate through the washcloth). Place on the tooth itself or within the area of the toothache. This should help to take the edge off the pain. 2. Try using an icepack if you have one. This is also effective for numbing pain on the affected area. Place the icepack directly on the affected side and compress it. This should be applied to the cheek or jaw that is causing the most pain and discomfort This should help to dull the pain within a few minutes. If you don’t have an icepack, a bag of frozen vegetables works as just as well. 3. Rubbing ice or an ice cube directly on the cheek over the area of pain gives almost instant pain relief. 4. Try placing an ice cube or a piece of ice in your mouth directly over the affected tooth or area of pain. Leave it in for as long as you can, until it completely melts is ideal. The longer you leave it in the greater the numbing effect on the pain. 5. Swirling and rinsing the mouth with cold water or ice water is effective at minimizing pain. Salt Water Gargle Salt has been used for over 3,500 years as a natural food preserve and for its ability to kill bacteria which is why salt is still recommended to this day for the natural treatment of wounds and infections and has been known to be highly effective in the treatment of toothache. What makes salt such a great anti bacterial is that it draws water from bacteria through osmosis causing the bacteria shrink and die. Osmosis is the process whereby water from a lower saline concentration travels across the cell membrane barrier to higher concentrations. The bacteria in the presence of high saline or salty environments are destroyed by dehydration which is why salt is such an effective preserve, from the time of the ancient Egyptians and was even used in the process of mummification. Most toothaches arise from some kind of infection whether from a cracked tooth or missing filling, bacteria takes hold from food particles which have decomposed and are lodged within cavities where infection sets in. Salt is ideal in the treatment of infection while addressing the issue of pain arising from the infected tooth. If you treat more than just the symptom of pain and treat the cause you will be able to eliminate the pain permanently. Salt water has a two-fold purpose as it draws out infection from the affected gum tissue surrounding the nerve it kills bacteria while giving pain relief at the same time. Directions: Create a saline solution by simply adding a teaspoon of sea salt to a glass of lukewarm water and rinse around your mouth for around 20 to 30 seconds before spitting out. The saline solution cleans the area surrounding the tooth and helps draw out of some the infection responsible for the inflammation and pain. This treatment is safe and you can repeat as frequently as required until the pain subsides. You can also add sea salt or rock salt directly to the tooth or affected area if you don’t mind the salty taste. Sharp, intense pain should subside within a few minutes of treatment. Acupressure (Not Recommended For Pregnant Women) You have several different pressure points located all over your body, Ancient Chinese alternative medicine discovered that by simply applying pressure to these points can give pain relief, in particular if the correct pressure point associated with that pain is properly targeted. Scientific studies have confirmed this theory and found that by applying adequate pressure to these points encourages the brain to release endorphins, the body’s natural feel painkiller, directly to the site of pain. There is a nerve situated in between the thumb and the index finger that shares the same pain receptors as the teeth. Applying ice on this pressure point interrupts the pain signal to the brain which relieves pain temporarily. Use one or more of the following techniques: Directions: Place an ice cube on the part of the hand between the thumb and the index finger; in case you’re not sure which part of the hand that is it’s the webbed fleshy looking part of the hand. In the case of your left hand it’s the part of the hand that forms an ‘L’ shape between the thumb and the forefinger. This pressure point has been known to influence tooth pain. Hold the ice cube firmly in place on the “L” shaped part of the hand for at least 10 to 20 minutes, keeping it in the same spot until you start to experience pain relief. For more severe toothache, create an ice bath by combining 2 cups of crushed ice to 2 cups of water into a medium sized bowl. Place your hand into the bowl while massaging the soft fleshy webbed part with your other hand. Do this for 1 minute at a time to avoid your hand getting too cold. This should alleviate pain within a few minutes. Another technique is to grab the soft fleshy webbed part of your hand using your thumb and index finger. Apply pressure for between 2 and 3 minutes. This releases the body’s endorphin, feel good hormones which is a great natural pain relief relying on the body’s own abilities. Warning – Do not use this technique if pregnant. Another acupressure point is located in the soft area of the Achilles tendon. Grasp this part of the ankle between the thumb and index finger applying pressure for 2 to 3 minutes. Release and repeat. Garlic Clove Apart from warding off vampires, garlic has proven itself over the millennia as an effective antiseptic. Garlic has been recorded as far back as 3,000 BC for medicinal purposes and was used by the ancient Egyptians, the Romans and the Greeks which is why it is still so important in these cultures today. Garlic contains Allicin, the compound responsible for its healing action making garlic a powerful antibacterial agent and a natural anesthetic. Allicin is released from the garlic once crushed giving pain relief to the affected area it is applied to. Choose any of the following: Directions: 1. Combine one clove of garlic with a sprinkling of rock salt and crush into a fine paste. Apply directly to the affected tooth but apply sparingly as too much can leave a burning sensation. 14 A clove of garlic crushed with a teaspoon of peanut butter applied to the tooth is also effective for pain relief. 3. You can also place a whole clove of garlic on the tooth for 30 minutes. If you’re able to apply pressure, bite down on the clove allowing some of the juice to release on the affected tooth providing a natural soothing anesthetic. Gives relief within 20 minutes. Chewing a clove of garlic also strengthens the immunity of the weakened tooth enabling it to heal from infection reducing pain and inflammation. Onion Like garlic, onion also has its share of miracle healing properties and is a natural antiseptic. The early pioneers that settled in America used onions to treat asthma and colds. In China, onions were used to also treat coughs, congestion problems and bacterial infections. In fact so potent are the medicinal properties of the onion in the treatment of ailments that it has been officially recognized by the World Health Organization. Directions: Place a piece of onion big enough to cover the affected tooth. Leave on the tooth for 30 minutes to help kill bacteria and give pain relief. If the tooth allows for it, cut off a bite sized piece of onion and chew it for 2 to 3 minutes. This will release the antiseptic qualities of the onion and help the pain to subside. Pure Vanilla Extract and Almond Extract Because pure Vanilla Extract and Almond Extract both contain alcohol (Vanilla extract has a slightly higher alcoholic content making it a little more effective than Almond extract), they both offer pain killing properties. Directions: Using either a cotton ball or a q-tip, soak with the pure vanilla extract solution and apply to the affected tooth or area. This should provide a numbing sensation within minutes. Oats Oats can be used to draw out pus and infection especially if an abscess is present. Directions: Place a teaspoon of oats onto the affected tooth and gently bite down. Leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with a mixture of rock salt and water. Iodine From the early 20th century Iodine has been used to disinfect drinking water from contaminated sources which makes Iodine such an effective topical treatment for open wounds exposed to bacteria. Directions: Place one drop of Iodine on the tooth, do not swallow it. Leave for 2 minutes; thoroughly rinse your mouth with water. Hydrogen Peroxide (Food Grade) Hydrogen Peroxide kills infection by altering bacteria’s molecular structure. Through the process of oxidation Hydrogen Peroxide attacks bacteria by destabilizing its molecules causing them to break apart rendering them useless. This is why Hydrogen Peroxide foams upon contact with open wounds in the presence of bacteria. You can get food grade hydrogen peroxide from your pharmacy. Directions: To receive pain relief using Hydrogen Peroxide, take a swig of 3% (food grade) Hydrogen Peroxide and swish around the mouth like mouth wash, spit it out and rinse thoroughly several times afterward with water. You can also add half a glass of Hydrogen Peroxide (3% food grade) to half a glass of water, swishing it around in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm salt water. Pepper Long considered a main fixture of the kitchen the world over and usually associated with adding flavor to food, Pepper can actually provide great pain relief from a toothache in addition to lessening the sensation of heightened tooth sensitivity. Directions: Add a quarter of a teaspoon of crushed rock salt to a pinch of pepper, mix well and place upon the sore tooth. Brushing with this mixture on a daily basis provides protection against cavities, fights against bad breath and bleeding gums, cures tooth sensitivity and wards off toothache pain. Ginger Root Being indigenous to India and China, Ginger is highly regarded as one of the world’s most important spices. For centuries it has been used for its flavor and for its curative properties, some of which include the aiding of digestion, lowering the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in the body and lowering blood pressure naturally by relaxing the constricting arterial walls which narrow with age and restrict normal blood flow. Ginger is an extremely effective solution either in its raw or powdered form in the fight against toothache pain. Powdered Ginger: Directions: Place a teaspoon of powdered Ginger and Cayenne pepper into a cup and add a few drops of water, mix until it becomes a watery paste. Place a cotton ball into the mixture until it’s saturated and place on the affected tooth. Try to keep the cotton ball on the tooth as the Cayenne pepper can irritate the surrounding gums. Ginger without the Cayenne pepper is equally as effective in the relief of toothache pain just as is Cayenne pepper without the Ginger. Raw Ginger: Directions: You can purchase whole Ginger root at the grocery store and is effective for providing rapid toothache relief. Directions: Cut an inch piece size of Ginger root, peel off the skin layer and place the piece of Ginger on the affected tooth. If able, gently bite down holding it in place. Doing this alone can rapidly decrease pain as the healing properties of the Ginger become absorbed into the surrounded affected area. Again, if you’re able to do so, chew the piece of the Ginger swishing the Ginger juice around the painful tooth. The remaining Ginger root should provide long term relief and can be stored in the refrigerator should you need additional treatment. The Ginger root also keeps well at room temperature as the cut part of the Ginger root forms a natural seal keeping it fresh for longer. Vitamin D People who suffer from Rickets have a vitamin D deficiency. The lack of vitamin D in the body contributes to weak bones which eventually affects the teeth. These days milk is fortified by Vitamin D so that children can develop strong healthy bones. Your body also manufactures its own Vitamin D in the presence of sunlight, in fact 20 to 30 minutes per day is enough to give your body the dose that it needs. This may not be the ideal solution for those who live in countries with low burn times where the risk of skin cancer is high, or in countries with low levels of sunlight or during times of winter. In these situations you can gain your dose of daily Vitamin D just by incorporating Vitamin D rich foods into your diet such as egg yolks, yoghurt, cream, butter and tuna fish. For vegans or vegetarians, Vitamin D also comes in the form of dietary supplements. Vitamin D the old fashioned way, by exposing the gums and teeth to direct sunlight, no matter how funny you may look is actually beneficial because Ultra Violet light has bactericidal properties at wavelengths of 260 to 280 (nm) nanometers, killing off harmful bacteria infecting the teeth and gums. So effective is this method that dentists and hospitals use similar methods for sterilization today. Clove and Clove Oil Cloves have been revered for centuries for their antiseptic and anesthetic properties, both its fresh and dehydrated forms are effective in the relief of toothache pain. The Clove has made several appearances throughout history and was used as far back as 200 BC in China for the relief of toothache pain and to freshen the breath.