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Herbal First-Aid for Toothaches

Oct 25, 2015 02:09PM ● By Alla Aver

Toothaches are not to be trifled with. An infected tooth or gum can turn toxic in a short amount of time. Herbal medicine is not a substitution for proper dental care, but when a toothache shows up after the dentist’s office hours, there are few things to do to keep infection at bay.

Oregon grape powder can be directly applied on the gum to reduce painful swelling and avoid a more serious bacterial infection.

Calendula, echinacea, myrrh and goldenseal soothe sore gums and reduce inflammation. They are an excellent treatment for Candida albicans, an opportunistic yeast that causes thrush in the mouth. Their berberine content kills off offending bacteria. Just dab affected areas with tincture diluted with an equal amount of water for several minutes.

Oil of oregano is considered to be effective for treating toothaches due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. One drop of oil of oregano mixed with a quarter-teaspoon of coconut oil can be rubbed into the affected area two or three times a day. The will help kill the infection and relieve pain quickly.

Oil of cloves, a tropical spice, is good to have on hand for toothaches. Combine four drops of clove bud oil, one drop of orange or mint oil for flavor and one teaspoon of coconut oil, and then rub it onto painful gums. Repeat several times a day until a dentist can provide professional help.


Dr. Alla Aver, DDS, is the owner of A Center for Dental Healing at 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847-998-5100 or visit  Aver will host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m., Nov. 5 at the newly renovated, eco-friendly office.