Toothaches can vary greatly, from mild soreness to an unbearable throbbing pain in your teeth or around your jaws. Some of the main causes of toothaches are cavities, an infection, an exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, gum disease, a loose filling, or jaw joint disorder.
A toothache (see the above diagram) happens when the central region of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes irritated or inflamed. The pulp consists of several nerve endings that are highly sensitive. Pulp can become inflamed or irritated for many reasons, some of which are noted above.
If you have toothache, it is best to seek immediate advice from a dentist before the problem worsens. You can also try some natural remedies to relieve the pain.
Most people reach for conventional staples like Anbesol and Orajel when they have a toothache. These conventional products contain benzocaine, an anesthetic, which can cause allergic reactions and other side effects. But studies show that toothache pain can be alleviated with clove oil.
Clove essential oil is famous is natural medicine as an effective treatment for toothaches. People have been using it to treat oral pain for centuries. Clove essential oil, when applied topically, works by effectively numbing that area. Topical numbing agents temporarily deaden the nerve endings causing you to lose sensation in the afflicted area. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Dentistry found that clove oil works the same as benzocaine for helping with toothaches and chronic tooth pain.
Its main chemical component, eugenol, makes it a very stimulating essential oil that can promote blood circulation and benefit cardiovascular health. Clove is a powerful antioxidant that can help destroy free radicals and strengthen your immune system.
Clove is one of the highest sources of manganese. It is vital for metabolism; it contributes enzymes, promotes bone strength.
Mix 2 drops of clove oil with around half a teaspoon of coconut oil and then soak a cotton ball in the mixture. Now place and hold it in your mouth against the sore tooth or gum. Once the pain has eased, spit out the cotton ball and discard. Do not use this method in bed at night as it’s obviously a choking hazard.
You can also use whole cloves, place a couple of them near the affected area for several minutes until they soften than chew them with the tooth that’s hurting.
Keep in mind that many essential oils on the market are not 100% pure and therapeutic; they potentially may have toxic extenders.