Clove oil is great to use for toothaches. You can make your own by mixing together equal amounts of whole cloves and vegetable oil and allowing it to sit for several weeks. Cinnamon oil can be made the same way.
Did you know....Spiders were once mashed up and placed on an aching tooth. (YUCK!!!!!!!!!)
Fizzy diet sodas that are better for your waistline may still hurt your teeth. The acid in fizzy drinks, even diet varieties, may contribute to enamel erosion that can weaken teeth, according to research. Enamel is the hard, outer layer that protects teeth. Rinse or chew sugar-free gum after you drink soda to neutralize acid and minimize damage to your pearly whites.
Boil some cinnamon in a cup of water. Store it in a clean bottle in your bathroom. Use it as a mouthwash frequently. Parsley leaves are rich in chlorophyll, nature's own deodorizer. Chew some leaves regularly and your breath will remain fresh. Alternatively, you can chew some cardamom seeds to sweeten your breath.
Mix salt with finely powdered rind of lime. Use this as toothpowder frequently.
A German with a toothache will cook a dried fig in milk and apply it to the painful area.
One good method for freshening your breath is to suck on or chew anise seeds.
One European toothache remedy is garlic. You can chew on a clove of garlic, or hold it against the tooth. The antibacterial properties of garlic are well known.
This well known folk remedy for bad breath is to chew on fresh mint leaves and stems. Mint contains menthol, which has a plesant aroma.
A simple home remedy for toothaches used for centuries by Europeans involves cloves. Bruised leaves of clove can be placed in the mouth on the effected tooth. This apparently works because a mild antiseptic is contained in the leaves. Oil of cloves, a strong antiseptic, can be used on a plug of cotton to pack a cavity until you can get to a dentist.
Bergamot oil is used in Italy in the treatment of a variety of ailments. Bergamot contains thymol, which has antiseptic action. It can be used as a mouthwash and to help cure mouth infections.
Black cherry juice is said to be a potent antibacterial agent when used to fight tooth decay.
Canker sores can be caused by a vitamin deficiency or by a virus. They also may be caused by an excess of acids from foods (such as tomatoes, walnuts, or vinegar), food allergies, or emotional stress. Goldenseal is a favorite North American Indian medicine. They use it to treat sore gums, canke sores, cold sores, and toothaches. To relieve pain from a canker sore, use a cotton swab to place the powder directly on the affected area. You can also gargle with goldenseal powder mixed with tincture of myrrh and water. Goldenseal is a very strong antiseptic,
disinfectant, and astringent. Warning: Goldenseal should not be used during pregnancy. It stimulates the uterus to contract.
Chewing on cardamon seeds is said to cleanse and sweeten the breath. Cardamon oil works better but is more expensive and harder to find.
Chinese green tea may be nature's best anti-cavity mouthwash. The tea is apparently rich in fluoride, which protects against tooth decay.
Cloves have many medicinal qualities. Besides using them as a toothache cure, the Chinese chew on 1 or 2 cloves to get rid of bad breath.
English farmers say that eating wild raspberry is the best way to keep teeth clean.
Fenugreek can be made into a tea that can keep breath fresh.
For centuries, people in Africa, India, and nearby Muslim countries have fashioned toothbrushes from frayed twigs referred to as "chew sticks." The best chew sticks are made from twigs of the Salvadore Persica tree, which many tribes call the "toothbrush tree." Tests have shown that these sticks contain some natural antibiotics, fluoride, and other anti-cavity ingredients. When Africans came to the United States, they brought this idea with them. One elderly gentleman who lived in louisiana had healthy gums and cavity free teeth well into his 80s. Wgen asked what he had done to take such good care of his teeth, he told everyone that he had never used anything but the frayed twigs of a white elm tree.
If you develop a cavity or toothache you might try using the inner bark of the papaya tree like they do in Fiji.
In ancient Rome, people used parsley to cover up the smell of alcohol on their breath. And the Chinese cook coriander (Chinese parsley) with fish, pork, or beef to eliminate bad breath. Although most of us throw away this common garnish, parsley is edible. It has a mild flavor. And because parsley has a high chlorophyll content, it is a natural breath sweetener. Chewing on a sprig of parsley can eliminate garlic breath, so many garlic pills are combined with parsley.
In Norway, farmers chew on solid whey to prevent cavities, to keep their teeth white, and to prevent gum disease. Whey is one of the dairy by-products of cheese. Norwegians also use whey in its liquid form as a gargle.
Iranians chew small red barberries as a breath sweetner. And many Arabs, American Indians, and Far Eastern Indians rub their teeth with sage leaves to cleanse them and give a sweet smell to the breath.
It is said that eating strawberries, red dates, or persimmons can help remove garlic breath.
Long before the Chinese invented the natural hair toothbrush, the Romans were using feathers to clean their teeth. They used the stiff quill, not the soft plumes, as a natural toothpick to remove lodged food particles.
Native American Indians used an infusion of birch bark as a gargle to clean their breath.
Oil from the oregano plant was used by medieval Europeans for toothaches. They massaged the tooth and gums with the oil. Oregano contains thymol, which is an antiseptic.
Orientals prefer to chew star anise (Illicium verum) as a breah freshner. It's flovor resembles anise but is stronger and sweeter. Warning: Chinese star anise should not be confused with Japanese star anise, a type of evergreen tree that is poisonous if taken internally.
Some time before the 15th century, the Chinese plucked the bristly hairs from the necks of Siberian hogs, affixed them to bamboo sticks, and invented the first toothbrushes.
The ancient Egyptians made their own toothpaste from ground pumice stone and strong wine vinegar. This mixture was brushed over the teeth with a chew stick. It worked well, but if too much pumice stone is used, the excess abrasion quickly wore away tooth enamel.
The marigold was used by English country people as a remedy for toothache. The juice of it's petals mixed with vinegar was rubbed on gums and teeth to relieve pain. Marigold contains an antibacterial agent and contains mucilage that coats and soothes the affected area.
Theophrastus, a Greek historian, believed that grapefruit was a good breath sweetner. The vitamin C and bioflavonoids in grapefruit help make gums healthy.
The people of Appalachia use birch for oral hygiene. They chew the twigs of the birch tree to clean their teeth.
The Quebec Indians knew that fresh wintergreen leaves would relieve aching teeth. Oil of wintergreen contains salicylate, natural aspirin.
The Swedes clean their teeth with fresh strawberry. The strawberry is cut in half, and each half is rubbed over the teeth and gums. Strawberries whiten teeth and remove plaque as well.
To ease a toothache or mouth pain, the Chinese make a tea by boiling 5 grams of fresh peppermint in 1 cup water and adding a little salt. Peppermint is an antiseptic and contains menthol, which relieves pain when applied to skin.
Two of the best methods of cleaning and polishing your teeth may already ne in your kitchen cabinet. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda has just the right consistancy to remove plaque without removing the enamel. Hydrogen peroxide has the effervescence that can float away particles from between tour teeth and has bacteriostatic properties. First soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide, and then dip it in
baking soda before brushing.
Toothache: Oils of peppermint and clove mixed with a bit of rum and applied directly to the tooth should ease the pain until you can get to a dentist.
Chancre Sore: Sorrel soaked in warm water until soft, then strained as a tea should help clear them up more quickly.
Certain tart beverages could be a boon to your smile.
Compounds in red cranberry juice appear to keep bacteria from sticking to teeth, which could thwart plaque formation and tooth decay, a recent study suggests. Stick to low-sugar or diet varieties to avoid the dental damage that can be caused by consuming too many sugary treats.
A surprising snack may help keep breath fresh.
A recent study reveals ordinary yogurt may help reduce hydrogen sulfide, an unpleasant-smelling compound that contributes to mouth odor. Look for plain, sugar-free varieties that contain live active cultures to help keep bad breath away.