Essential oils for Toothache

A toothache is defined as a pain in the tooth or jaw. While the crown of the tooth above the gum line is what you see when you look in the mirror, most tooth pain comes from the root of the tooth below the gums. The nerves there, often called the tooth “pulp,” can become inflamed or infected, resulting in the throbbing or sharp pain of a toothache.

Tooth pain can have many other symptoms associated with it that make it even worse:

  • sensitivity to heat or cold
  • pain radiating to the face, ears, and jaw
  • bleeding and discharge
  • bad taste in the mouth or bad breath
  • headache
  • fever
  • swollen gums
  • difficulty sleeping or discomfort when sleeping on one side
  • By far the biggest cause of tooth pain is dental decay: cavities and other breakdowns of the tooth reaching the nerve level. Other causes of toothaches include:
  • extractions (pulled teeth)
  • recent dental procedures or orthodonture
  • gum disease
  • abscess (infection)
  • fractures, chips, bruising, and other trauma
  • grinding or clenching the teeth
  • infant teething
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders) and similar referred pain (pain from elsewhere that feels like it is in the teeth)

Taking care of your teeth today is a breeze compared to days of yore. While the Ancient Romans had fairly advanced dental care, including fillings, during the Middle Ages, the art of sophisticated tooth care disappeared. Blacksmiths and barbers began to practice crude dentistry, particularly tooth pulling–often the only solution to dental problems.

Some lucky folks received dentures, like George Washington, however his weren’t the wooden teeth of legend but made of ivory, lead, gold and animal teeth (including prosthetics made from hippopotamus teeth!).

Early tooth brushes were made of twigs, which were generally ineffective at cleaning the teeth, although those made of natural cinnamon were surprisingly good at it. The first real tooth brush to resemble our modern brushes came from China centuries ago, but it took many more generations to develop a palatable toothpaste (a popular ingredient in centuries past was fireplace ash!). Current dental practices really only took off in the 20th Century when dentistry became a medical specialty involving special education and licensing.

More than $50 billion is spent in the United States every year on dental care, but nearly half of America has no dental insurance, which creates a high cost for emergency rooms and urgent care centers. More than 1.6 million school days are missed each year just from childhood dental problems.

Many toothaches could be prevented by eating a diet low in sugar and by regularly cleaning the teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for two to three minutes, instead of the average 40 seconds practiced by most Americans. Flossing the teeth is also vital to maintain gum health. Don’t cap your toothbrush after using it; instead, allow it to dry, which will keep many of the more than 300 different bacteria in the mouth at bay. This can minimize tooth pain caused by infections.

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Editor’s Note/Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Diffuser World, Inc.; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.


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what are essential oils?

Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years, we can enjoy the direct benefits of using essential oils today; through healing properties occurring naturally through the extracted plant substance.

What Are Essential OilsEssential oils have been recorded throughout history to be used to enhance spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health. The Egyptians were referenced as using cinnamon, myrrh, sandalwood, and frankincense as early as 4500 BC. Scholars in India developed the science of Ayurveda around 3000 BC. These people relied on essential oils in potions using some of today’s favorites, such as ginger and cinnamon.

The use of essential oils for remedies of ailments was recorded by Chinese scholars between 2067 and 2597 BC. However, probably the most common place we read about essential oils is in the Bible. Essential oils are mentioned over two hundred times in the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible.

how do essential oils work?

If you are a beginner to essential oils, there are three primary ways essential oils enter the body: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. When choosing the right method to use essential oils, always keep in mind the desired result you are wanting and then determine the best application for use. Essential oils can enter the body by being applied to the skin. This method can vary from using a compress, gargling, bath or even massage. It requires several drops of essential oils to be used topically in some manner. It is important to note that most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.

While people inhale and diffuse essential oils for a variety of reasons, it has been shown that inhalation is most effective and best suited to treat a variety of respiratory complaints. Ingestion of essential oils has had much controversy, I suggest you do the proper research yourself and use safe practices. Cases of death, organ failure and hospitalization in the history of aromatherapy have been caused by ingesting essential oils.

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benefits of essential oils

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without side effects. In fact, Clove essential oil is so useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic that it has been approved for use as a dental anesthetic by the American Dental Association. It is excellent when included in mouthwash recipes, particularly if you suffer from sore, inflamed gums.

While people traditionally see a doctor for an illness and get a prescription drug, many others have awoken to the fact that essential oils can be used in a powerful way, when it comes to healing and supporting the body’s emotional and physical well-being. The biggest question is what oil will work for my body the best. Because we are not all the same, essential oils do not function the same for each of us. If you are looking for a way to reduce the number of chemicals you use in your home, making your own products with essential oils is an excellent choice.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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