According to an AACD survey, virtually all adults (99.7%) surveyed believe a healthy smile is socially important. Of course, it’s undoubtedly medically important as well. Unfortunately, proper dental care isn’t always accessible. About one-in-five Americans (21%) said they had out-of-pocket medical expenses of $2,000 or more in the past year, and it can be understandably difficult to come up with the time and money to take an extra trip to the dentist in the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re suffering from tooth pain or cavities, don’t wait until you can finally get to the dentist — take action and be resourceful by trying some of these natural remedies. Here are just a few natural remedies for tooth pain, cavities, and more.
The first of our natural remedies for tooth pain has been used as a remedy for various types of tooth pain for centuries. Clove oil has properties that make it antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antifungal, making it an ideal solution for a number of dental problems. It helps to clean out oral cavities, restore any receding gums, and generally repair other oral tissues. If used correctly, clove oil can even be used to completely halt a bacterial infection in its tracks.
To use clove oil to treat a tooth in pain, simply apply two or three drops of clove oil onto a cotton ball and hold it in place on the tooth. Bite down to keep it secure and hold it for about 15 minutes. Afterward, you should feel that the amount of pain has decreased. You can also massage the oil into your gums to improve gum health.
If you’ve ever glanced at the label of a big name brand of toothpaste, you probably noticed a bunch of less-than-healthy ingredients whose names are almost as alarming as their health effects. The fact is, while most toothpastes you can buy at the store do have the essential ingredients to keep your mouth clean and happy, they also often have many more ingredients that aren’t necessary and only minimize the positive effects of the healthy ingredients. To avoid this, consider making your own toothpaste with this simple recipe, provided by Food Matters. It just requires five simple ingredients and can keep your mouth clean without the unnecessary toxins.
This DIY concoction is also ideal for children, seeing as more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. Starting them with a DIY toothpaste like this one can help them steer clear of cavities and understand the importance of maintaining good oral health and hygiene habits.
Finally, this spicy remedy can help alleviate even a severe toothache — that is, if you can withstand its intensity. To make this creation, just combine equal parts of ginger and cayenne pepper with water to make a paste-like consistency. To apply it, grab a cotton ball, saturate it with the solution, and hold it in place on your tooth without touching your gums or tongue. This remedy is provided by Reader’s Digest.
“You can also try these spices separately, as both are potent painkillers. The main chemical component of cayenne (which has tons of health benefits) — capsaicin — has been found to help block pain messages from reaching the brain,” writes Taylor Shea.
Globally, the wellness industry has been growing by 12% annually since 2007, and more and more people are turning toward natural remedies and solutions as a way to alleviate pain. While it’s always best to consult a dental professional for any ongoing pain, using these remedies can certainly provide some temporary relief.