Tooth pain or Toothache is a very common problem seen in both young and old individuals these days due to their unhealthy eating and poor lifestyle choices.
Fortunately, tooth pain can be prevented by following healthy oral hygiene and with proper dental care.
What Causes a Toothache?
Among the several causes of toothache, it is mostly caused when the nerve to the tooth becomes irritated. However, it is better to have a complete oral examination in order to find out the real cause. Few other popular causes of tooth pain include:
- Grinding teeth or Bruxism
- Gum disease
- Abnormal bite
- Tooth trauma or injury
- Eruption of tooth (in small children)
- Sinus infection
- Accumulation of food between the teeth
What Symptoms accompany a Toothache?
More than the tooth pain, it the symptoms that accompany it which concern more. So, if you’ve any of the following symptoms, do contact your dentist immediately.
- Breathing difficulty
- Swelling in the mouth
- Severe pain while eating (biting)
- Difficulty while swallowing
- Pain lasts long
- Foul-lasting discharge
Top 10 Acupressure Points for Toothache Relief
If you’re suffering with severe tooth pain and far away from meeting a dentist, then you can use these pressure points to cure toothache temporarily. This gives you a little relief from the severe pain before getting the oral treatment from the doctor.
And, if you’ve a slightly lesser pain in your tooth, then you can completely get rid of toothache by stimulating these points.
1.Cheekbone Hole (SI 18)
Small Intestine 18 or SI 18 is one of the most effective acupuncture points to reduce toothache. It is located at the lower edge of the cheekbone, a few centimeters directly under the outer corner of the eye and across the lower edge of the nose.
So, it is also termed as Cheekbone hole.
Stimulate this point using your index and middle finger for about a minute or so while taking deep breaths on both the sides of your face.
This point helps in treating toothache, TMJ problems, jaw swelling and facial paralysis.
2.Jaw Chariot (ST 6)
Stomach 6 or ST 6 is another most useful point to cure tooth pain quickly. It is also termed as Jaw Chariot.
You can locate this point right in the mid of your upper and lower jaws. To be precise, it is where the muscle in the front of your earlobe protrudes out when your back teeth are clenched.
Applying pressure on these points (both sides) using the thumb fingers for 1 minute will help in relieving jaw pain, sore throat, TMJ problems, dental neuralgia, cheek swelling, crooked mouth and toothaches.
3.Facial Beauty (ST 36)
The Stomach 36 or ST 36 is another effective pressure point for tooth pain.
It is located at the bottom of your cheekbone, directly below the pupil.
Using the middle and index finger, apply pressure on both sides of the face on the point (ST36) for 1 minute while taking a deep breath. It helps in getting relief from teeth pains, headache & migraines, sinus problems and nasal congestion issues.
4.Union Valley (LI 4)
Large Intestine 4 or LI 4 is one of the most popular pressure point to treat different types of chronic pain and it could also help treat toothache quickly.
The LI 4 is located on the highest point of the fleshy joining between your index and thumb finger when they are stretched outwards.
Apart from treating teeth pain, this point is also known to boost the immune system.
P.S: Pregnant women should refrain from using this pressure point as it can induce labor.
5.Triple Warmer 13 (TW 13)
TW 13 is also known as the Shoulder Meeting Point as it is located on the outer side of the upper arm. To be precise, you can find it 1 width in the back of the base of your upper arm and 2 finger widths up towards the shoulder.
Not just toothache, it is also useful in treating elbow pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, tennis elbow, fever, thyroid problems, eye problems and epilepsy.
Just apply pressure with your finger on both the shoulders for 1 minute, multiple times until the pain subsides.
6.Fluid Gate (SJ 2)
San Jiao 2 or SJ 2 is one of the lesser known but effective pressure points for toothache relief.
You can find it on the dorsum of your hand, near the margin of the web between your 4th and 5th fingers.
Applying strong pressure on this point for 1 minute will help you relieve toothache quickly.
7.San Jiao 5 (SJ 5)
SJ 5 is the connecting point of the Yank Linking Vessel that is located on the line joining SJ 4 and the tip of the olecranon, in between the ulna and radius.
If you press this point for a minute by taking deep breaths, you’ll get relief from toothache, headache, earache, neck pain, cheek pain, finger and elbow pains.
8.Great Hammer (GV 14)
Governing Vessel 14 or GV 14 is known for its fast results. The point can be located below the spinous process of the 7th cervical vertebrae, at the shoulder’s level.
Just lower your head and stimulate this point by applying pressure steadily for 1 minute.
9.Great Ravine (KD 3)
Kidney 3 or KD 3 is said to be one of the most effective pressure points for toothache relief, caused by Kidney Yin deficiency.
You can find this point right on the medial side of your foot, in the hollow between the tip of tendo calcaneus and medial malleolus.
Apply strong pressure on this point using your thumb for about a minute or so. It helps in curing eye problems, toothache, insomnia/sleep related issues, diabetes, male impotence, irregular menstruation in females, persistent coughing, swelling of pharynx and lumbar pain.
10.Inner Court (ST44)
Stomach 44 or ST 44 cures toothache that is caused due to excessive fire or heat in the stomach.
You can find this point in the web margin between the 2nd and 3rd toe, on top of your foot.
Applying steady and firm pressure on this point using your index finger for a minute will help relieve from toothache, sore throat, epistaxis, facial pain, wry mouth, digestive disorders and gastric pain.
Home Remedies to Relieve Tooth Pain Naturally
Below are some of the most effective home remedies that treat toothache faster, if combined with the above reflexology points.
Clove contains ‘eugenol’, a strong chemical that acts as an anesthetic and also an antiseptic.
So, either chew a clove or use the clove oil and practice oil pulling to ease your pain as well as to prevent further infection.
2.Salt Water Rinse
Salt water acts as an antiseptic and it prevents bacteria from growing inside your mouth. Try rinsing your mouth using salt water mix after every meal and also after you wakeup and before going to sleep.
3.Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint contains ‘menthol’, an active ingredient that possess strong anti-bacterial properties which help relieve your tooth pain easily.
It also gives you fresh breath.
4.Turmeric Paste or Powder
Turmeric is India’s gift to the world. It has numerous health benefits and oral health is just one small thing.
It acts as antiseptic, analgesic and antibacterial solution.
Just make a paste using 1 tsp of turmeric powder and 1 or 2 spoons of water. You can even add some honey to make it taste better.
Rub the paste on your teeth with your fingers to perform acupressure on the teeth.
5.Chew Raw Ginger
Ginger is not only a powerful antiseptic but also tastes great when added in our recipes.
Chewing raw ginger helps reduce bacteria in your mouth and also soothes your teeth pain naturally.
These are some of the highly effective natural home remedies to treat tooth pain without any medicines.
Each of these top 10 acupressure points for toothache relief does work efficiently without any side effects. Hope you’ll get rid of your teeth pain quickly by practicing these acupressure therapy techniques.