If you’re experiencing toothache pain, finding relief is probably your main concern. But before you can determine how to reduce the pain, it’s important to figure out what’s causing the pain in the first place.
Ask yourself these questions: Is something lodged between my teeth or in the surrounding gums? Could it be a cavity? Have I experienced any trauma to my mouth? Is the filling damaged? Am I grinding my teeth at night or during the day?
If you’re unsure about the cause of the pain, there are several home remedies you can try to obtain toothache relief. If the pain persists for more than 24 hours despite attempts to alleviate it, contact an emergency dentist for treatment.
It’s important to know that while these home remedies can provide toothache relief, a person should still visit a dentist as soon as possible to have the tooth checked out. Dental pain can be a sign of tooth decay, infected gums, bruxism, or a dental abscess.
To relieve your toothache, try one of these home remedies:
A saltwater rinse is the most common at-home treatment for all types of mouth pain, including a toothache. Salt works as a natural disinfectant, reduces inflammation, and heals oral wounds. When salt is mixed with water, it can also dislodge any food particles between the teeth.
To make a saltwater rinse, one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of warm water. Some people also add two teaspoons of baking soda. Rinse with the solution for 30 seconds up to three times a day.
If a toothache is caused by an infection, a hydrogen peroxide rinse could do the trick. Just be careful not to swallow the solution. We don’t recommend this remedy for children.
You can create this antibacterial mouthwash by mixing 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Swish the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out. Rinse your mouth out with plain water several times.
Along with numbing pain and soothing sensitive gums, peppermint is known for fighting bacterial infections. Try this method by taking a used, warm peppermint tea bag and applying it to the pained area or use a cool tea bag. Hold it there for several minutes until you experience the numbing effect.
There is a compound in garlic called allicin that gives it antibacterial properties. To find toothache relief, try crushing a fresh clove of garlic, mixing it with salt, and applying it to the affected tooth.
Clove, guava leaves, wheatgrass, and thyme all contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Use the plants in essential oil or natural form to find toothache relief. Some remedies require creating a mouthwash, dabbing the oil on the tooth with a cotton ball, or chewing on the plant.
These home remedies aren’t meant to be a long-term solution, and in many cases, they won’t be. Toothaches that are caused by severe tooth decay, infection, or trauma will require professional dental care. Additionally, if your toothache pain is accompanied by a high fever, facial swelling, or bumps on the gums, contact your dentist immediately.