Honey for a Toothache

By Carolyn Buck

Toothaches can make anyone feel miserable. They can come on suddenly and you may not be able to get treatment right away. Honey may provide a way to cope with the pain until you can get to a dentist.

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Toothaches can make anyone feel miserable. They can come on suddenly and you may not be able to get treatment right away. Honey may provide a way to cope with the pain until you can get to a dentist.

Toothaches and Honey

Bacteria is often the culprit behind tooth pain and sensitivity.

Often tooth pain is a result of bacteria wreaking havoc in your mouth, leading to inflammation or even gum disease. Applying honey topically to the pain site may be an effective way to decrease pain caused by a buildup of bacteria.

Antibacterial Properties

High levels of sugar create an environment where bacteria is unable to reproduce.

Honey is known to have several surprising qualities. It is so acidic and full of sugar that it kills bacteria. Logic would tell us that sugar would be more likely to rot your teeth than to help them, but laboratory tests have shown that honey produces hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic.

What To Do

If tooth pain persists, see a dentist.

Mix together one teaspoon of ground cinnamon and five teaspoons of honey. Rub a small amount of the mixture directly onto the affected tooth. Repeat this two to three times each day until the pain abates or you are able to visit the dentist.

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About the Author

Carolyn Buck began writing in 2010, contributing articles to eHow.com. She brings her experience in counseling, therapeutic intervention, treatment planning and psychological research to her articles. Buck holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Trinity International University.

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