*Disclaimer: An infection in a tooth could spread and become dangerous. Please take caution and always seek medical advice if pain does not subside. The advice on this site does not substitute medical advice and are based purely on personal experience.*
I have a confession to make, I haven’t seen a dentist in almost 3 years. That may not seem that long to some, but this is coming from someone who has devoutly seen dentists every 3 months throughout most of my life. Two years ago I had my last dental visit – an emergency appointment at a new dentist resulted in me being told I needed a root canal and three fillings totalling £850. I was horrified, I had only just gone freelance, and was trying to set up my business. After a conversation with a friend who told me every root canal she’s had resulted in the tooth being pulled anyway, I did some research and downloaded “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel. I was surprised to find that the advice from the book worked, especially following the nutrition advice (I ate a lot of bone broths!).
Since then I have manage to keep this bad tooth at bay. Until, that is, starting a new job in an office and neglecting my diet. I could once again feel the tooth throbbing when I drank anything warm or cold. This culminated in me waking up two weeks ago with half my face in agony. I needed temporary relief, especially knowing that to heal my teeth I’d need time to adjust my diet again. So I was determined to find pain relief without any painkillers. And to my relief I have! These are my personal results of success at keeping my mout pain free without pain-killers.
In order of pain-free success, here are my personal top 9 tooth ache remedies.
- Bee Propolis – Propolis extract is known to possess antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutan – this scientific study indicates that Propolis is an effective alternate mouthwash. I found that the waxy coating also protects my teeth from hot and cold temperatures. Since using propolis on my painful tooth I’ve been completely pain free which is why it’s made the top spot on my list.
- Colloidal silver – I’m a big fan of colloidal silver – it’s always in my home First Aid Kit, and comes out for scrapes and cuts on ourselves as well as our dog. It does sting when I spray it onto affected area of the tooth, but I think that’s mainly due to it being cold. A spray and quick swish around the mouth does seem to calm down the throbbing pain for me.
- Tea Tree Oil – another of my first go-to’s & a staple of my First Aid Kit. Like sea salty – I dilute the Tea Tree Oil in luke warm water and use as a mouth wash, which I then spit out again. It’s not as immediate for me as Propolis or Sea salt, but I do find it effective. One study suggests “Various essential oils were tested against oral pathogens. It was found that tea tree oil showed significant adhesion-inhibiting activity against P. gingivalis and was one of the oils to show strong antibacterial activity against periodontopathic and cariogenic bacteria. It was also found to be safe on cells that line the mouth.” Tea Tree oil should not be swallowed.
- Sea salt – although this is number 2 on my list, this is actually the first thing I reach for when toothache appears. But you must remember to use warm-ish water, not cold or too hot – especially if you want immediate relief. Read this link for more information.
- Castor Oil – I’m a big fan of oil pulling to keep my teeth healthy, even if I do often forget to do it. I usually use sesame of coconut oil, but for my tooth ache, I have actually found Castor oil (for oil pulling) as well as a Castor Oil Pack externally on the cheek really soothing.
- Echinacea Tincture – Taking 14 – 20 drops 4 times a day of this remedy (best known as a cold and flue remedy) can help to cure the infection (not to cure a cavity). Some people find relief after an hour of taking a dose, so not a quick relief, but one that will work to soothe and keep infections at bay.
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3% solution diluted in 4 parts water). Swish a mouthful of the diluted solution for tooth ache relief. I actually use this solution (slightly warm water) in my oral irigator allowing the solution to go into the cavity. Make sure to spit it out, then rinse several times with plain water
- Citricidal – another First Aid box favourite of mine. I used it daily in my drinking water during a holiday to India, and I never once suffered an upset stomach which I put down to the Citricidal. I dilute a few drops in some water and swish (yes, there’s a lot of swishing when you’re trying to cure tooth ache). Personally for me, the citricidal solution and Hydrogen Peroxide solution are on a par.
- Charcoal (activated charcoal) – this is last my list only because it’s not as simple as some of the swishing methods, and requires overnight application. Also, i found it most effective alongside the other listed remedies (like oil and salt), but for severe toothache, making a paste with charcoal, oil and sea salt, and applying with cotton wool to the affected area overnight this did the trick for me. As I said, not as immediate as some other remedies, but I did find it effective, even if I did wake up with black marks on my pillows.
To not only help tooth ache, but potentially heal cavities, I really recommend Ramiel Nagel’s Cure Tooth Decay book – not only does it make for an interesting read, but goes deeper into the effects of nutrition on development and overall health. Here’s hoping these remedies work as well for you, as they did for me.