Home remedies for toothache
I was all of seven when my mother took me downtown under the pretext of meeting a friendly doctor who was going to count my teeth and show me how to smile better. Having recently lost one tooth and with visible signs of one popping out of the gum soon, I was excited at the prospect and hopped and skipped to the dentist’s clinic.
Two hours later, he drilled a hole in a baby tooth that was adjacent to a permanent one, fearing that the decay may spread. That’s how my dental phobia began. Ever since, I have tried my best to avoid a visit to the friendly doctor who would count teeth, clean bugs and check my smile. Many a time, I was dragged to the clinic and restrained when there was no other way to clean my teeth.
It’s been thirty years since that day and I no longer scream and throw a fit when a dentist visit is due. In fact, I just don’t go to the dentists anymore.
Oh, I know what you are thinking.
‘What about the recommended six month dental checkup?’
Let’s say I have been diligent about maintaining my oral health. I brush with one of those tech oriented electronic toothbrushes that shows me which quadrant to brush more until they all are done to precision. I floss, I wash my mouth after every meal, and I avoid foods that can stain or corrode enamel.
And yet, despite my best efforts, three years ago, the dreaded toothache began to make a comeback. Isn’t it one of the nastiest and most debilitating conditions ever? As always, my first attempt was to find a home remedy for toothache. No dentist visits, remember?
But soon, I started to notice that the gum line looked receded in certain spots and it was accompanied with intermittent bouts of acute toothache so severe, that I could feel the left side of my skull pounding. My partner cajoled me into visiting a dentist.
Gingivitis and the tooth decay
‘Early Periodontitis which is almost progressing to stage 3’, the man said.
I had never heard the term before in my life. But I was sure that it meant more frequent visits to his office, which I had no plans of doing. I quickly nodded to what he said, jotted down some basic oral hygiene procedures which I was already following and was about to skedaddle when he said something that stuck in my mind.
He said that the condition puts me at an increased risk for cardiac diseases and a stroke. With a family history of cardiac problems, that statement almost made me wonder if I should just grit my teeth and get done with the dental procedures. But me being me, I had to find another, easier way to treat the condition.
Ayurveda and home remedies for toothache
After hours of research on the internet about possible home remedies for toothache and periodontitis and reading nauseating advertorials about anti-cavity toothpastes and anti-gingivitis rinses which were nothing but mouthwashes with a fancy name being peddled for a higher price, I was almost at wits end.
Then, on a Facebook group for home remedies for toothache, I read the success story of a lady who was detected with stage 4 of periodontitis at the age of 53. She had undergone years of pain and tried a bundle of treatment options including all of what I just mentioned to no avail. After trying almost everything, she had finally found respite in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian art of healing.
Just a few Ayurvedic remedies had completely transformed her gum health from stage 4 periodontitis to stage 3 and then gradually to stage 1. At a time, the doctors had told her that all her teeth would fall out in the next six months. Three years later, she doesn’t even have signs of advanced bone loss or the receding gum line.
I spoke to her and flew down to Kansas to meet her in January this year. What I learnt from her was a complete eye opener. By including Ayurveda into my diet routine, I was able to not only recover my oral health, but also improve the quality and appearance of my skin, my hair and there was a marked improvement in my overall wellbeing.
For my dental problems, she suggested using a couple of Ayurvedic oils which are specially formulated to help prevent the growth of disease causing bacteria in the mouth and nourish the gums, slowly restoring them to their normal health. The advantage to me was that it was an all-natural method. Secondly, it wouldn’t interfere with the oral microflora, which a lot of harsh synthetic dental products can do.
It’s been six months since I have started using the herbal oils and the home remedies for toothache, like turmeric. And my dental health has improved by 70%. This was confirmed by the same dentist, mind you. He was pretty shocked to be honest. Thought I’d undergone treatment at some other clinic.
I would like to share the names of these herbal oils with you. If any of you are facing dental problems like toothache, gum disease, pain in the gums, receding gums, bleeding gums, cavities, tartar deposits and even bone loss, these herbal oils can be extremely beneficial in helping restore your gum health to normal and you can avoid spending hours researching about this on the internet.
Natural Remedies for Toothaches
#1 – Gum Vitality Elixir Oil
I started my gum care treatment with this amazing all-natural essential oil blend from Sarada Ayurveda and it has largely been my go-to oral care treatment option ever since. It is a blend of 15 organic herbs and essential oils that is immensely beneficial in reducing toothache and healing gums.
It has a refreshing herbal flavor, not overwhelming though and you just need a couple of drops each night to massage on to your gums after you brush your teeth. The oil has a very normal consistency. Something like Olive Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil. It is not overly thick. When you massage it on the gums, you can feel a mild cooling sensation. It is easy to cover the entire upper gum with a couple of drops.
After I noticed a marked improvement in my gum health in just a few weeks of using the Gum vitality elixir, I also started oil pulling with it each night and it has helped significantly in speeding up the healing process.
For those who are unaware, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique in which you swish around a couple of drops of organic oil in your mouth each morning for 5-10 minutes until it becomes watery and then you just spit it out.
At first, I found it a tad difficult to get used to the thought of swishing around this oil in your mouth every morning on an empty stomach. Sarada Ayurveda recommends that you do it at night, right after you are done massaging the oil on your gums. But I did some research on this and early morning seems to be the ideal time to do this. Thankfully, the gum vitality elixir oil has a very mild herbal taste that I could stomach.
This has been my dental care routine for the past few months and I firmly believe that it is one of the reasons why my gum health has bounced back so fast.
For those who’d like to know the herbal blend, it is Emblica officinalis (Amla), Berberis aristata (Indian Barberry), Glycyrrhiza glare (Licorice), Zingiber officinale (Ginger), Piper long (Long Pepper), Cominum cyminum (Cumin), Rock Salt, Organic Sesame Oil, Chamomile Extract, Myrrh Extract, Organic Goldenseal Extract in a base of Sesame Oil.
The advantages of the Gum Vitality Oil
- Blend of 15 herbal essential oils
- Safe and natural
- Refreshing flavor and taste
- Easy to use
- Can be used for oil pulling as well
- Extremely beneficial for a host of dental problems
#2 – Herbal Dentist Extra Strength
I bought the Herbal Dentist essential oil for my partner who has chronic halitosis and we have spent thousands of dollars on trying to treat it with oral rinses, mouthwashes and toothpastes. After seeing the improvement in my oral health, he happily agreed to try out an Ayurvedic solution for his dental problems rather than buying a new mouthwash again.
Since the Gum Vitality oil is more specifically suited for gum disease, we ordered this pack of essential oils which are meant to be used for halitosis and teeth sensitivity. At first we were confused about how to use it. But after tasting it, he was pretty comfortable to even use it as a mouthwash because it tastes very mild and not a very strong herbal flavor which he hates.
He used it for a week as a mouthwash and the effect was remarkable. The bad breath had reduced considerably. Next up was tooth sensitivity which he gets frequently after he uses those whitener strips from Crest. So, he put a couple of drops on his Sensodyne toothpaste (still wouldn’t give it up) and brushed his teeth normally for two weeks. Poof! No more tooth sensitivity. He still does use Sensodyne but he has admitted that the toothpaste would only mask the pain slightly. That tingling sensation would normally be there for a few weeks after he’s stopped using the teeth whitener.
But with the Herbal Dentist Extra Strength oil, the sensitivity has completely disappeared. Since we use it both as a toothpaste and as a mouthwash, I ordered the 5 pack.
For those would like to know the content of the essential oil blend, it is a mix of Almond, Clove, Peppermint, and Spearmint oils in a proprietary formulation.
The advantages of the herbal dentist extra strength essential oil
- Mild tasting all-natural essential oil blend
- Can be used for teeth sensitivity, gum disease, halitosis
- Can be used as an ointment, toothpaste or mouthwash
#3 – Bija Herbal Tooth Powder
The Bija Herbal Tooth Powder is a more orthodox and traditional form of Ayurvedic healing. Ayurveda has always relied on healing powders which are called Churnas. This is an herbal tooth powder that can be applied directly on to your teeth or mixed with your toothpaste to apply on your teeth.
I bought it out of pure curiosity to know if it would be helpful in healing mouth ulcers which I get on and off.
It has a very nice and uniform consistency. Almost like a very finely ground herbal powder. No chunks or uneven sized particles. I tried mixing it once with the toothpaste and it mixed perfectly. The second time, I applied it directly on the sores. It tastes good to be honest. Has a mild aftertaste of cloves. Not very strong though.
The ulcers, which are normally very painful were almost painless within a day and they were healing faster. Within three days, one of them disappeared. The second one on the inside of the lower lip (damn painful) disappeared in the next three days.
I guess I am a believer in Ayurveda. Wonder why I didn’t try it earlier.
For those who want to know the composition of this home remedy for toothache and ulcers, here it is.
It is a combination of Clove, Nutmeg oil and Camphor, just three ingredients with a long history of being used in dental care in Ayurveda.
The advantages of Bija Herbal Tooth powder
- Extremely easy to use
- Very mildly spicy taste with an aftertaste of cloves
- Very helpful in healing mouth ulcers
That’s about what I had to share with you. These are the only products that I have used so far. I will be experimenting with more home remedies for toothache and dental care and will post my updates here in the days to come. I hope you enjoyed reading this. If you have anything at all to add to it, feel free to add it in the comments section.