Naturally Relieve Toothache: These Medicinal Herbs Work Wonders – Wikipedia

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Dental problems or infections can slow us down in daily life. In an interview, Dr. Jochen H. Schmidt reveals how pain can be relieved with medicinal herbs.

Throbbing and pulling in the mouth unpleasant? Dental problems or gingivitis are among the worst pains for many. But is a visit to the dentist always necessary? In an interview with Spot On News, Jochen Schmidt, head of dentistry at Carrie Dental in Cologne, recommended a natural remedy with medicinal plants, which “even our grandmothers swear by when I had a toothache.”

What are the causes of toothache and gingivitis?

Dr. Jochen H. Schmidt: Tooth pain often masks gingivitis or radiculitis. However, the most common cause is tooth decay. Bacteria in the oral cavity convert the sugar we eat into a harmful acid. This destroys the protective tooth enamel. The dentin tubes are exposed and the dental nerve in the dental pulp reacts instantly to the slightest irritation such as heat or cold.

Poor oral hygiene can be a trigger for gingivitis: if teeth are not brushed properly, bacteria in the mouth multiply explosively and gingivitis, a harmless inflammation of the gums, can develop. Bleeding gums is a major symptom. However, in many cases, there is also advanced gingivitis, such as gingivitis. In addition to inadequate dental care, stress, nicotine, vitamin deficiencies and metabolic diseases such as diabetes are other risk factors for chronic gingivitis.

Both inflammations cause the gums to recede and not grow back. Teeth appear unusually long and are usually noticeably sensitive due to the exposure of the tooth necks.

What are the herbs that relieve symptoms?

Schmidt: Even our grandmothers swear by ancient medicinal plants for toothache. As a classic home remedy for toothache, and also for gingivitis or radiculitis, cloves were literally on everyone’s lips at that time. Thanks to its essential oils, it has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.

Thanks to the essential oils, ginger, chamomile, sage and thyme can have an antiseptic effect on swelling, gingivitis and bleeding, relieve symptoms and strengthen the gums. Myrrh is also useful for dental problems. In the past, this classic medicinal plant was often used to treat toothache and prevent tartar.

Of course, even the best medicinal herbs do not replace a visit to the dentist!

How does one use herbs then?

Schmidt: Ginger, chamomile, sage, and thyme can be used several times a day as a tea or mouthwash. Myrrh, for example, acts as a tincture or mouthwash for toothache, relieving pain and promoting healing. For example, eucalyptus and fennel raw or as a tea can help get rid of mild bad breath.

How do you prevent pain and inflammation?

Schmidt: Good dental care and a diet low in sugar provide the best protection against tooth decay and, subsequently, toothache. It is also important to have checkups every six months at the dentist.

Regular check-ups and thorough oral hygiene are also the best and last resort when it comes to preventing gingivitis. Plaque can be removed gently but completely with an electric toothbrush. Conventional toothbrushes are often too soft or too hard and used incorrectly, which can stimulate bacterial plaque or damage the gums.

If the gums recede, an interdental brush is an excellent option. They can also be used to clean those areas that “ordinary” toothbrushes cannot specifically penetrate. Tongue brushes also work: They remove the bacteria on the tongue that often cause bad breath.

It is also recommended to have a professional dental cleaning twice a year. This prevents inflammation and is an essential part of preventive dental care, but it is also an essential part of periodontitis treatment.

Dr. Jochen Schmidt is the Director of Dentistry at Carree Dental in Cologne. He holds the additional academic title “Master of Science in Oral Implantology and Surgery”.

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