Toothaches and Turmeric

So while this may not necessarily be a post about RA, I feel that it might be beneficial to everyone. I have had the absolute worst toothache for the past month. When I went to the dentist I was told to prepare for root canal, cavity filling, and wisdom tooth extraction (he was also trying to subtly hint that a tooth whitening procedure would be beneficial as well). That’s all fine and dandy, but this work is going to happen over the span of two or three months! I’m in pain now! I’m also in shock, because I’ve always taken great care of my teeth. I guess this is what happens when you don’t go to the dentist as much as you should.

Anyway, when I eat anything hot or cold, my teeth hurt. When I eat anything chewy, my teeth hurt, which absolutely sucks because I need to chew gum to stay awake in some of my classes. When I wake up in the morning, my teeth hurt. Tylenol wasn’t really helping, and I couldn’t take Aleve for fear of overdosing (I take prescription Celebrex, which is an NSAID/sister drug to Aleve). However, I noticed that the pain was not as bad when I took my Celebrex regularly. I only have to take is as needed, but this cold weather has been making my joints stiff.

And that’s when it hit me: turmeric! No, I haven’t completely lost my mind. My logic was this- if  an anti-inflammatory like Celebrex is helping with the pain, then my tooth pain must be mainly from inflammation. I don’t know if this inflammation was due to my messed up teeth or a flare, or if one was influencing the other. All I know is that I prefer natural remedies whenever possible. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory/antibiotic, so why not give it a try? So, I got a bottle of the stuff out of the spice cabinet (we have quite a few bottles, since that was my go to herb when I was sick for an entire month) and poured some in a dish. I slowly added drops of water to make it into a thick paste. Then I took a q-tip and used it as a brush to put the paste on my teeth. You can use your fingers too, but turmeric tends to turn your skin yellow.

I’ll admit that for someone who does not particularly like the taste of turmeric or is new to it, it takes some getting used to. I know that some people like to use clove oil on their teeth instead, but turmeric is just more accessible for me and can be found in pretty much any grocery store. Anyway, I had instant Orajel! You have to keep applying depending on how much you salivate, but it beats the throbbing pain of a toothache.

This won’t be my last post on this miracle spice. I’m thinking in my next post, I will talk about the natural, non-prescription things that help me deal with the pain. Until then, enjoy the rest of your week!

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3 responses to “Toothaches and Turmeric

  • Ann

    For those like me who don’t like the taste of turmeric, it is available in capsules. It’s good for lots of stuff in addition to toothaches, so although capsules don’t give immediate relief like topical application, the rest of your body will be benefiting too.

    Regarding clove oil, it’s so effective that many dentists even use it for patients – it’s often incorporated in filling/crown materials..

    • apierce

      Thanks for stopping by, Ann! I wrote this post a few years ago, but since then I’ve incorporated turmeric capsules into my daily RA treatment. I haven’t used an NSAID in a year as a result. I swear by them!

    • Liz Lauren

      Capsule is a good option, yes most people don’t like and avoid it because of its smell that a good thought ann

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