Author: Dr Ranjeet Singh ( Ayurvedacharya), Dr Pooja BDS
A toothache , also known as odontalgia is an aching pain in or around the tooth, pain sometimes originates from other areas and radiates to jaw, thud appearing to be tooth pain. The common areas include ear, TMJ and even occasionally heart. To toothache may be caused by receding gums, cavities, sensitivity due to hyper acidity and or infection. If your problem is high acidity, you will tend to get heartburn and acid in digestion in addition to toothache. When the teeth have cavities or gum receding, the roots of the teeth may become exposed. These nerve filled areas become sensitive to cold or heat.
What are the causative factors of tooth pain?
- Dental carries
- Dental abscess
- Gum disease
- Cracked tooth syndrome
- Impacted tooth
- Tooth eruption
- A damaged filling
- Tempero-mandibular joint disease
- Traumatic injury
- Exposed tooth root/pulpitis
- Calcification in the pulp
- Peri-apical lesions as abscess, cysts and granuloma
Causes of reffered pain in tooth?
- Maxillary sinusitis
- Angina pectoris
- Cervical spondylosis
- Multiple sclerosis
Signs and Symptoms
- Toothache often starts suddenly and can vary from mild discomfort to being very severe
- Constant throbbing pain in tooth
- Jaw in the area of tooth is tender and swollen
- Tooth is painful to touch
- Sensitivity to cold or hot food items
How Ayurveda can manage toothache?
Follow the given instructions
- For for hyperacidity, avoid spicy foods, citrus fruits, and fermented foods. Take one tablespoon of cumin seeds in one litre of water boil it for 10 minutes.h Have this liquid when you are thirsty.
- For toothache, use a cotton swab to apply a little tea tree oil or clove oil at the site of pain.
- Place a small piece of natural edible camphor ( do not a synthetic camphor it’s a poison) next to the affected area. The saliva will mix with the camphor and will relieve the toothache.
- Take 4-5 fresh green leaves of guava, and chew or make decoction prepared with fresh guava leaves and gargle with this decoction.
- Make a cotton swab dipped in apamarga juice and place it over affected area.
Ayurveda can play a great role to keep your teeth healthy and strong, if you follow these simple methods as mentioned below:
- Massage your gums daily with seasame oil. Take a mouthful of warm seasame oil and swish it from side to side for 2- 3 minutes. Do not swallow it, spit out the oil then gently massage your gums with your index finger.
- Use toothpaste made above bitter and astringent herbs for cleaning the teeth. These herbs are Neem, lobhra and vilva.
- You may also be able to find powders for the teeth made up of finely grounded, roasted, almond shell. These are very effective to maintain good health of teeth.
- Don’t just settle for getting rid of the pain, however if you have a cavity or an infection be sure to get it taken care of.