There are many people who recommend following the Paleo diet, and they have very good reasons. In fact, there are so many reasons to go Paleo, that we will forget the main topic of this article if we dive into all of them. One of the huge benefits of Paleo is the fact that it will help improve the health of your teeth and gums – because the best thing that you can do for the health of your teeth and to prevent cavities is to stop eating sugar! This includes any food that turns into sugar when in the body, including dairy and grains.
Absolutely everybody hates having a toothache! It is one of those annoying pains that can stop you from drinking, eating, relaxing, sleeping, exercising and in some instances, even wanting to talk to anyone.
A good thing to know about toothaches, however, is that they don’t always mean you have to go to the dentist. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a cavity or some issue that needs repairing. There are many instances in which you may just have a toothache because of another reason. Some people get a toothache when they consume too much sugar, which causes their teeth to hurt for a while afterwards. For others, it could be the consumption of something cold, such as ice cream. Last but not least, a toothache could be brought on by an incorrect brushing technique.
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You may be shocked to find out that when you brush your teeth you should do so with a very light touch of the brush. You really do not want to put a lot of pressure on your teeth with the brushing that you do, because in doing so you not only run the risk of damaging your teeth, but also, over a longer period of time, causing the gums to lift up. Over time, if that happens, the gums will cover less of the teeth than they should and the nerves within that area become a lot more vulnerable to the sensations of hot and cold. If you feel you may be brushing too hard and you’re suffering some toothaches every now and then, or possibly even suffering a constant toothache, then consider brushing lighter. You never know, by doing so over the course of a few months, you may find that your toothache disappears completely!
So, how to cure a toothache naturally? Temporary toothaches, the ones that will eventually go away and are not caused by deteriorated, rotted or damaged teeth, can benefit from natural remedies such as the ones listed below. As a quick note, it is important that your mouth is clean before you apply any natural remedy to help reduce toothache pain. This will allow the remedy to be far more effective. Simply rinsing your mouth out with warm salty water will do wonders for improving the strength of the remedy you apply.
One of the best-known natural remedies for a toothache is clove oil. You will want to purchase the essential oil, which is very potent. Apply it to the tooth that is aching, but do your best not to apply the essential clove oil to your gums as it will burn and once it’s on, you will need to wait for the sensation to go away. Granted, it is almost impossible to not get any clove oil on your gums when you consider the salivation and moisture within your mouth moving the clove oil around, but do your best to prevent it.
If you are unable to purchase clove essential oil, you can chew on a clove bud. However, if you do have a very strong toothache, you may find that the natural properties within the clove are too weak to have any noticeable benefits. It doesn’t mean you can’t give it a try, though.
There are several natural properties within chamomile that can aid in relieving a toothache. The effectiveness of the remedy you choose, however, will always depend on the severity of your toothache. You can drink chamomile tea, however, when you do so, there is very little chamomile that will sit on the tooth that is causing you discomfort. Therefore, place the chamomile tea bag in some warm water so that it is soaked, then place the tea bag in your mouth firmly over the tooth (or teeth) that are in pain. Use a fresh tea bag every 10-15 minutes.
Massage and Stretching
It may be a relief to hear that a toothache isn’t necessarily brought on by damage to an actual tooth or damage to the gum, and that the pain can indeed be brought on by tension throughout your neck and head. Because of this, if you are suffering a toothache it’s good to do some massaging and stretching.
Massage lightly around your temples, around your eyes, cheekbones and jaw line. Stretch your neck side to side, back and forward. Have somebody massage your neck while you are relaxed.
You’ll also want to do the following stretch: hold the bottom cartilage area of your ear just above your ear lobe. Pull down, then out (away from your head). You don’t need to go crazy with this stretch and pull too hard; you only need to do this lightly. If you are doing this stretch and not feeling anything, then that’s good news, you likely don’t really need to bother to continue to hold the stretch, as the muscles are not tense. Some people, however, will find that they are in near-excruciating pain during this stretch and if you’re one of them, you need to continue doing the stretch until the pain is relieved and to the point where you can no longer feel the stretch. Pull the stretch to a point that is bearable and hold it for several minutes; you’ll find that during the hold the tension and pain will subside. This is a wonderful stretch for helping to release tension around the jaw line that could be linked to a toothache you are suffering.
Give these methods a try, and we hope your toothache feels better soon!
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