Home Remedies for Toothaches, Gingivitis and More


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If you have recurrent dental problems or are currently suffering from pain in a tooth, give these home remedies for toothaches, gingivitis, and bad breath a try. Herbal treatments like turmeric, sage and peppermint are natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria, and prevent inflammation.

Remedy for Toothaches

Experiencing nagging pain near your tooth and gums? While you should make an appointment with your dentist soon to diagnose the cause of the pain, there are many natural herbal therapies that can help ease your discomfort in the mean time. Try the following ideas:

  • Turmeric. Massage ground turmeric around your aching tooth to eliminate pain and swelling.[1]
  • Peppermint. The essential oil of peppermint acts as an analgesic and reduces pain when applied topically.[1] Soak a cotton ball in diluted peppermint oil and place it in your mouth, or rub it directly on the aching tooth.[2] A few drops can also be added to a glass of water to make a pain-relieving mouthwash.
  • Cloves. Oil of cloves can help ease pain in teeth or sore gums.[2] Rub a few drops onto the source of the pain with your finger or a brush.

Gingivitis Treatments

Gingivitis, a common form of gum disease, causes irritation and inflammation in the gums. While gingivitis itself can be mild and even unnoticeable in some cases, it is important to treat as it can lead to more serious oral diseases. These herbs can help you to find relief from gingivitis:

  • Myrrh. Effective for treating inflammation of the gums and fighting oral mucosa that contributes to gingivitis, myrrh can be made into a mouthwash. Dilute 30-60 drops of myrrh tincture in a glass of water. Alternatively, apply the undiluted form to affected areas 2-3 times daily.[2]
  • Sage. Sage is also a natural gingivitis treatment. Make sage tea by adding a few tablespoons of chopped sage leaves to a cup of boiling water. Let steep and cool slightly, then gargle.[2]
  • Peppermint. This herb is also helpful to help relieve inflammation in the gums. Make a mouthwash with a few drops of peppermint oil stirred into a glass of water.[3]
  • Turmeric. Rub a past of 1 turmeric and 1/2 tsp mustard oil onto the teeth and gums twice daily to treat gingivitis.[1]

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Bad breath

Nobody likes to deal with bad breath. Luckily there are many bad breath remedies that can help you to stay fresh. Some herbs that help fight bad odor include:

12/31/2014 12:18:18 PM

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