Edited March 2020
A toothache is unlike any other kind of pain we experience. It’s hard to say exactly why. Maybe because it usually comes on unexpectedly in the middle of the night? Possibly because it happens right before a vacation? But probably because it quite literally takes place right in your head. You can’t exactly get away from that.
Sometimes, it’s hard to discern if you’re experiencing a dental emergency. If you think you are, call your dentist ASAP. But, if you’re currently experiencing a toothache and need some temporary pain relief, there are some natural remedies that can tide you over until you make it to your dental appointment. To be clear, we always recommend that you err on the side of caution and if you need to be seen, don’t wait!
Five Natural Remedies to Help with Tooth Pain
- Warm salt water rinse – Saltwater is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds. The recipe = mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
- Garlic – Recognized and used for its medicinal properties, garlic can kill harmful bacteria that cause dental plaque. It’s also a pain reliever. The method: Crush a garlic clove to create a paste and apply it to the affected area. You also can slowly chew a clove of fresh garlic.
- Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract contains alcohol, which can help to numb pain. Its proven antioxidant properties also make it an effective healer. How to use: Dab a small amount of extract onto your finger or a cotton ball. Apply it directly to the affected area.
- Hydrogen peroxide rinse – To help kill bacteria and relieve some discomfort, swish with a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. This can provide temporary relief if a toothache is accompanied by fever and a foul taste in the mouth (both of which are signs of infection). Be sure not to swallow the hydrogen peroxide and to rinse well with water.
- Peppermint tea – Peppermint tea bags can be used to numb pain and soothe sensitive gums. How to: allow a used, but still warm, tea bag to cool down before applying it to the affected area.
- Clove – Clove contains eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic. Try this: dab a small amount of clove oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. You may want to dilute the clove oil with a few drops of a carrier oil, like olive oil, or water.
Remember, these are not for long-time use. These are stop-gap measures to get you through the night, or in the middle of a trip, or when you’re in between making your dental appointment and getting to the office. Only your dentist can properly treat the cause of your toothache.
If you need help with dental pain or any other problem related to oral care, contact us. There’s no reason to suffer unnecessarily.