Toothaches & Prevention

female_smileA toothache is any pain experienced with teeth and jaws. Causes for a tooth ache are tooth decay (cavity), cracked or chipped teeth, infection, filling problem, exposed tooth roots, trauma, orthodontic procedure, tooth extraction, or gum disease. Inflammation can occur from any of these cases. The inflammation often creates pressure on nerve endings from mild to intense pain.

A well known essential oil that is widely accepted by many professionals is Clove spice. Clove essential oil can help reduce pain related to gums and teeth. What causes the majority of tooth problems is bacterial infections. Certain bacteria cause infections that lead inflammation and decay of supporting tissues that surround the teeth. This bad bacteria is a what is called plaque. Plaque is a layer of film that can be hard to see that forms in the mouth. If it is not removed it can harden over time and become a worse condition called tartar. The bacteria will cause the gums of your mouth to inflame and be irritated. This problem can lead to diseases such as Gingivitis, Periodontal pockets, and Periodontitis. These diseases can lead to even more diseases so as you can see taking care of our teeth is very important. We will discuss both how to help relieve the pain from toothaches and preventing tooth problems.

Suggested Oils to Use

Clove, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Myrrh

Also consider: Birch, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lemon, Tea Tree, Mountain Savory, Rosemary

Suggested Ways to use

The age old way of treating a toothache is to use clove essential oil. The best way to use clove is to put 2 – 4 drops in a small cup. Add warm water to avoid shock to your nerves if teeth are sensitive. You may also add a few drops of peppermint to combat inflammation. Myrrh is said to be a great anti-inflamitory essential oil as well. The taste is not pleasing but helps to add it to the mixture. Other oils may help for mouth and gum problems such as: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Melaleuca, or Rosemary. These oils can be used in the same manner as Myrrh. Put the mixture in your mouth and swish in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes. After that time spit the mixture out. Some people choose to do this procedure after brushing their teeth to insure plaque is reduced.

Another way to relieve tooth pain or discomfort is to apply topically with your index finger, 1 – 2 drops of clove to the painful area of the gum, tooth, or cheek. Some have found lemon essential oil helps kill the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Lemon oil is inexpensive and mild yet effective at killing bad bacteria.

Mouth Sores

Apply lavender or tea tree essential oil topically on the sore. You may wish to dilute the oil with a carrier oil to reduce taste.


Use the mouth wash mentioned above using Lavender or Tea Tree instead of other oils mentioned.

Halitosis (bad breath)

Peppermint or Lemongrass are great oils that can help with halitosis (bad breath). These oils are also are antibacterial.

Essential Oil Toothpaste Recipe

• 6 tsp baking soda
• 1/3 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp xylitol (a natural sweetener)
• 4 tsp glycerin
• 10 drops Peppermint
• 3 drops Lemon
• 2 drops Tea Tree
• 3 drops Birch

Some essential oil companies that sell essential oil products offer a toothpaste.

Always consider consulting a dentist for dental problems.