It's three o'clock in the morning and the excruciating throbbing in your mouth is keeping you awake and miserable. On top of that, it's Saturday and you won't be able to see your dentist until Monday. You're desperate for something – anything – to relieve the pain and get you through the weekend. In this article, learn how essential oils can help control the pain, heal the infection and prevent miserable weekends in the future.
Alternatives to Begging Someone to Knock You Unconscious to Relieve the Pain
You've had enough and you just can't stand the pain anymore. You may be tempted to ask someone to knock you out to escape the pain, but there is an easier and less painful option.
The following essential oils have been proven as effective options for tooth and gum pain relief:
- Cinnamon. Aside from relieving pain, cinnamon oil has both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is particularly effective for killing streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that causes tooth decay, and lactobacillus plantarum, a bacteria that is responsible for gum disease.
- Peppermint and spearmint. These two oils kill anaerobic bacteria in the mouth. They have strong antiseptic properties, speed healing and soothe painful and irritated gums.
- Myrrh. Myrrh oil is a favorite option for relieving pain in the gums. It is traditionally used to heal mouth ulcers because it helps the flow of blood in the gums.
- Clove. Clove is the most common choice for pain relief. Chinese medical professionals have used clove oil for hundreds of years and clinical research shows that it prevents the growth of pathogenic bacteria, including mutant and wild strains of bacteria. Strong germicidal properties make it particularly useful for disinfecting disturbed root canals.
Due to the increasing popularity of essential oils, you can find them in a wide variety of stores, including pharmacies, health food stores and large department stores. Select therapeutic grade oils when using them topically or internally.
Never, Ever Again
Once you've experienced a miserable weekend of tooth pain, you'll be highly motivated to prevent it from ever happening again. Besides practicing routine brushing, flossing and gargling, you can use essential oils to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Use the following oils on a regular basis to maintain healthy teeth and gums:
- Lemon. Lemon oil strengthens gums and whitens teeth.
- Eucalyptus. This type of oil prevents cavities, gingivitis, and the build-up of plaque.
- Rosemary. Rosemary oil disinfects the mouth and combats bad breath.
- Tea Tree. This is an all-purpose dental care oil. Tea tree oil kills germs, freshens breath and heals cold sores.
Essential oils can be applied directly to the teeth and gums using a cotton swab. Other ways to introduce essential oils into your dental care routine include oil pulling and by using homemade mouthwashes and toothpastes.
To make a very simple mouthwash, combine four drops of lemon oil and two drops of peppermint or spearmint oil to two cups of distilled water. Swish or gargle for one minute and spit out. This recipe can be made using any oils you prefer and can be used several times a day.
Use these tips to escape debilitating, mind-bending tooth pain until you can get to your dentist. Prevent these miserable weekends in the future by adding essential oils to your normal dental care routine. When combined with regular checkups with your dentist, you can ensure healthy teeth and gums and a generally healthier you.