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Peppermint Oil for Toothaches

Disclaimer: Consult a physician before using peppermint oil if pregnant, nursing, on medication, have epilepsy, asthma, or are under a doctor’s care. Discontinue use if irritation or discomfort results from use. It’s also important to note that if too much is ingested, it can cause harm to the body. If you’re experiencing excruciating tooth pain or mouth discomfort, please consult your doctor or dentist. 

Dental hygiene plays a vital role in our overall health. When our dental hygiene suffers, it can create other problems throughout our bodies. Our overall dental hygiene may be good, but we can still find ourselves with a toothache. If you’ve ever experienced tooth pain before, you’re probably aware of how excruciating it can be. Not only are most pain relievers made of synthetic ingredients, but they don’t always get the job done. The good news is there are natural remedies that can.

Have you ever considered using peppermint oil for toothaches?

Peppermint Oil for Toothaches

Tooth pain is no joke, and I say that from experience. When I was younger, I had a couple of my back teeth crack while playing a game of basketball. If you experience broken teeth or extreme mouth pain, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.

However, it didn’t seem like a huge deal at the time because I was a teenager. It’s crazy how much wisdom we gain with age. Over the years, the broken teeth began to hurt, and I tried everything to help with the pain, ibuprofen, swishing whiskey, mouthwash, you name it, I tried it.

It wasn’t until I tried peppermint oil that I realized how well it works with alleviating tooth pain. When using it on my teeth immediately created a cooling, numbing sensation. The feeling was similar to when a dentist numbs your gums, only without the awful aftertaste. Below you’ll find different ways to use peppermint oil for toothaches and overall dental hygiene.

It’s important to use caution when placing peppermint oil in your mouth, as one drop can go a long way. None of the following information has been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please visit your dentist if you have severe tooth or mouth pain.

Peppermint Oil on Your Toothpaste

Using peppermint oil in conjunction with your toothpaste is an excellent way to reap the benefits this powerful oil has to offer. Peppermint oil has antibacterial properties that can help fight bad breath and bacteria that form in our mouths.

To do this, place one drop of peppermint oil on top of the toothpaste that’s been applied to your toothbrush. From there, brush your teeth as you normally would. This dilutes the peppermint oil with the toothpaste while making it easier to spread throughout your mouth.

When taking this approach, you should feel a slight cooling on your gums and tongue while also experiencing the peppermint oil’s aromatic scent.

As mentioned earlier, it’s important not to use too much oil. One single drop should suffice. While peppermint oil can be useful in limited amounts, it can be harmful if too much is used or ingested.

Peppermint Oil Pulling

You may have heard of coconut oil pulling, which is the practice of swishing coconut oil in your mouth for different lengths of time. The health effects this process can have on your mouth include teeth whitening, gum health, and debris removal. Over the years, many people have turned to this practice to add a little extra to their dental hygiene routines. I’ve always loved coconut swishing because of how clean my mouth feels afterward, but what if you wanted to add a freshener to it?

That’s where peppermint oil comes in. If you add one drop of peppermint oil to your coconut oil, you’ll not only receive the antibacterial benefits of the oil, but you’ll finish with a fresh peppermint feeling in your mouth. By taking this approach, you’ll be able to combine the benefits of coconut oil and peppermint oil to freshen up your daily dental hygiene routine.

As mentioned above, it’s important not to overdo it with peppermint oil. 

Using Peppermint Oil on Your Toothbrush for tooth pain

While the two methods above help prevent tooth pain, the next approach can help when tooth pain has arisen (and doesn’t require any toothpaste). I haven’t experienced tooth pain since incorporating the practices above, but I’d have unexpected bouts with it before that. Whenever the pain occurred, I’d immediately reach for the peppermint oil.

The most recent example happened when my wife and I spent a week in our RV. My tooth started hurting, leading me to search for our peppermint oil. I didn’t have any luck, so I went ahead with the ibuprofen approach, which did nothing.

Thankfully, after sitting in agony for a few hours, my wife found the bottle of oil. I immediately grabbed my toothbrush, applied one drop of peppermint oil, and began brushing the pain-riddled tooth and gums around it. After brushing with the peppermint oil, I rinsed my mouth with water multiple times. Within 5 minutes, the pain was gone. My mouth felt a cooling sensation, and the gums around the hurting tooth felt numbed. I was amazed at how quickly and effectively the peppermint oil relieved my tooth pain.

While this approach has worked wonders for me, it’s important to note (again) peppermint oil can be harmful when too much is used or ingested. 

I hope this information has been helpful. Don’t forget to check out the resources below to learn more about the studies performed on peppermint oil’s various health benefits.

As always, if you have any questions for us, please feel free to contact us

Below you’ll find resources that provide more information on using peppermint oil for toothaches. They also dive into a bit more information regarding the studies around peppermint oil. 

Essential oils for dental health | Dental Group of Armarillo

How Peppermint oil can help gums | Scholesperio.com

Health benefits of peppermint oil | WebMD

Oil Pulling and oral health | US National Library of Medicine

Peppermint oil and dental care | Research Gate

Products Discussed in this Post:

Grandpa’s Good Earth 4oz 100% Pure Peppermint Oil Bottle

Grandpa’s Good Earth 1oz 100% Pure Peppermint Oil Bottle

Grandpa’s Good Earth 10ml 100% Pure Peppermint Oil Bottle

Disclaimer: Consult a physician before using peppermint oil if pregnant, nursing, on medication, have epilepsy, asthma, or are under a doctor’s care. Discontinue use if irritation or discomfort results from use. It’s also important to note that if too much is ingested, it can cause harm to the body. If you’re experiencing excruciating tooth pain or mouth discomfort, please consult your doctor or dentist. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Links to external sites are for informational purposes only.

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