Listed below is a collection of scientific, time tested and best home cure for toothache.
The main cause of toothache is consumption of sugar in all forms. Bacteria break down sugar into acids which react with calcium in the teeth to erode and decay enamel.
Food particles infest the crevices between the teeth and putrefaction sets in during the night. Food stagnates between the teeth leading to formation of tartar which leads to tooth related disorders.
13 Best Home Cure for Toothache
Clove: Clove has an antiseptic property which provides relief from pain and decreases infection. Clove oil can also be applied to the cavity of decayed tooth.
Garlic: A clove of garlic with a little rock salt placed on the affected tooth is good for countering acidic attack on tooth enamel. It also provides relief from pain.
Babul (Acacia Arabica): Chewing of fresh bark helps arrest bleeding gums and fights tooth decay. Alternatively a paste comprising of babul wood charcoal, roasted alum and rock salt in the ratio of 5:1:1 is very effective in curing toothache.
Lime: Lime is a rich source of Vitamin C which helps maintain healthy teeth and prevents caries, toothache and bleeding of gums.
East Indian Rosebay (Botanical name: Ervatamia coronoria): Chewing the root of the plant helps cure toothache.
Asafoetida (Botanical name: Ferula foetida, Ferula northex, Indian name: Hing): A cotton swab soaked in slightly heated asafoetida and lemon juice pestle, placed in tooth cavity provides immediate relief from toothache. Alternatively, asafetida fried in refined butter can be administered as emulsion, solution or pills.
Holybasil (OcimumSanctum): Sun dried and powdered leaves of holybasil mixed with mustard oil when used as toothpaste helps counteract teeth disorders like pyorrhea, gum bleeding, bad breath and toothache.
Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass juice is an excellent mouth wash used as a natural remedy for toothache
Indian Mallow: Indian mallow contains alkaloid asparigin. This makes it an excellent home cure for toothache and tender gums, when used as mouthwash.
Bayberry: Bayberry bark pasted mixed with vinegar applied to the affected tooth alleviates tooth apin and is an effective homecure for toothache.
Marjoram (Origanum majorana): Marjoram oil is used in arresting bleeding of gums. The oil is to be applied externally on the gums twice a day.
Onion: Onion has a vital bactericidal property which helps fight all tooth related problems. Chewing raw onion for a few minutes kills all germs in the mouth. Placing raw onion on the affected tooth allays toothache.
Pepper: Pepper mixed with common salt is used as an effective dentifrice to tackle dental problems like sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, caries, foul breath and toothaches.
Diet plays a vital role in maintaining healthy teeth.
To maintain healthy teeth, an adult needs around 10 grams of calcium in his daily diet. Food which provide for this include:
- Unpolished rice
- Unboiled Milk
- Wheat Flour with husk (not passed through sieve)
- Fruits like: Coconut, Banana,Oranges, Sesame
- Dried fruits like: Almond, Groundnut
- Vegetables: Green peas, Cabbage, tomatoes, Gourds, Carrots, Cucumber, Spinach
Food rich in Vitamin C is recommended for those suffering from swollen or bleeding gums. Lime, grapes, oranges, pineapple, guava and lowly myrobalan provide rich source of vitamin C.
Foods to avoid
In general refined sugar is the worst enemy of our teeth. Sugar does not contain calcium but it requires calcium for its digestion. Thus sugar steels calcium from our teeth leaving them weak and emaciated.
Any food which intends to stick to the teeth or gums should be avoided at night. Mouth wash is recommended after eating any such sticky food.
- Brush twice a day
- Use circular motion while brushing the teeth
- Gently massage the gums with brush
- Do not use toothpick or sharp sticks, use a silk thread if you need to.
- Munch a piece of guava, apple, radish or cucumber after your meals. This acts as natural brushing teeth and is effective home cure for toothache.
- Regularly exercise your teeth by chewing hard food like rusks, soaked wheat and raw vegetable.