Toothaches occur due to a variety of reasons and some are:
- Dental cavities and dental abscess
- Gum disease
- Tooth root sensitivities
Enamel and Dentine are the two hard layers of the tooth. The enamel is the white part and dentine is the layer underneath it which is a yellowish color. Both layers protect the tissues inside the tooth which is referred to as the ‘pulp.’ The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. Sugar left on teeth from food and drinks can turn to acid and dissolve the enamel and dentine causing tooth cavities. When hot, cold or even sweet drinks are consumed and touch areas where there are tooth cavities, it will cause a toothache. Severe tooth cavities such as when there is no more pulp or only a tiny amount left in the tooth can result in the gum around the tooth to swell and form abscesses.
Gum disease is caused by plaque build up. Plaque is made from deposits of food, saliva and bacteria and will form on the tooth and around the gums. Plaque contains certain bacteria which ‘secrete toxins’ that damage the gums and the bone around the roots of the tooth. When this happens the gums become infected and swell up and may bleed and become extremely painful.
Tooth root sensitivities
Tooth root sensitivities are caused by the tooth root being exposed. The damaged tooth becomes sensitive to cold drinks, hot drinks and food resulting in toothaches.
Home Remedies for a toothache
Massage an ice cube to the area for 5 minutes to numb the pain. Use more ice cubes if necessary.
Make a glass of wheat germ juice and use as a mouthwash. Let the juice saturate the infected tooth for 1-2 minutes. Wheat grass has antiseptic properties which brings quick relief to toothaches.
Brandy or Whiskey
Place 2 tablespoons brandy or whiskey on the tooth which is giving you pain. Leave the alcohol soak into the tooth for 1-2 minutes.
Clove oil or Oregano oil
Place some clove oil or oregano oil on the tooth.
Mix 1 teaspoon salt with ¼ cup hot water. Use as a mouth wash. Make sure to soak the area of the tooth for 1 minute with the salt water.
* The above remedies are only to get quick relief from a toothache until you can get to the dentist.
For healthy teeth
- Brush regularly
- Floss before going to bed at night to help prevent plaque build up
- Use a mouth wash every time you brush teeth at night