Toothache is a common problem seen in both young and old individuals these days due to their unhealthy eating and poor lifestyle choices.
Fortunately, toothache can be prevented by following healthy oral hygiene and 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. A few other popular causes of tooth pain include:
- Grinding teeth or Bruxism
- Gum disease
- Abnormal bite
- Tooth trauma or injury
- Eruption of the tooth (in small children)
- Sinus infection
- Accumulation of food between the teeth
What Symptoms accompany a Toothache?
More than the tooth pain, it is the symptoms that accompany it that concern more. So, if you’ve any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.
- Breathing difficulty
- Swelling in the mouth
- Severe pain while eating (biting)
- Difficulty while swallowing
- Pain lasts long
- Foul-lasting discharge
Acupuncture Points for Toothache Relief
If you’re suffering from 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 oral treatment from the doctor.
And, if you’ve got slightly lesser pain in your tooth, then you can completely get rid of toothache by stimulating these points.
1. SI 18 Acupoint
Small Intestine 18 or SI18 is one of the most effective acupuncture point 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 Cheek Bone Crevice.
Stimulate this point using your index and middle finger for about a minute or so while taking deep breaths on both sides of your face.
This point helps treat toothache, TMJ problems, jaw swelling and facial paralysis.
2. ST 6 Acupoint
Stomach 6 or ST6 is another useful point to cure tooth pain quickly. It is also termed as Jaw Bone.
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 when your back teeth are clenched.
Applying pressure on these points (both sides) using the thumb fingers for 1 minute will help relieve jaw pain, sore throat, TMJ problems, dental neuralgia, cheek swelling, crooked mouth and toothaches.
3. ST 36 Acupoint
The Stomach 36 or ST 36 is another effective pressure point for tooth pain.
Using the middle and index finger, apply pressure on the ST 36 acupoint for 1 minute while taking a deep breath. It helps in getting relief from teeth pains, headaches & migraines, sinus problems, and nasal congestion issues.
4. LI 4 Acupoint
Large Intestine 4 or LI 4 is one of the most popular pressure points 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 fingers when they are stretched outwards.
Apart from treating tooth 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. TE 13 Acupoint
TE 13 Acupoint is also known as the Upper Arm Intersection 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 shoulders for 1 minute, multiple times until the pain subsides.
6. TE 2 Acupoint
Triple burner 2 or TE 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. TE 5 Acupoint
TE 5 is the connecting point of the Yang Linking Vessel that is located on the line joining TE 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 a toothache, headache, earache, neck pain, cheek pain, and finger and elbow pain.
8. GV 14 Acupoint
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. KI 3 Acupoint
Kidney 3 or KI 3 is said to be one of the most effective acupoints to treat toothache, 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, diabetes, male impotence, irregular menstruation in females, cough, swelling of the pharynx and lumbar pain.
10. ST 44 Acupoint
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 toothache, sore throat, epistaxis, facial pain, wry mouth, digestive disorders and gastric pain.
Each of these top 10 acupoints for toothache does work efficiently without any side effects. Hope you’ll get rid of your tooth pain quickly by practicing these acupuncture & moxibustion therapy techniques.