This article was reviewed by Dr. Abouhassan of our Whyte Ave location.
Tooth pain can start in an instant, seemingly coming from nowhere. When you get a toothache, you want immediate relief from the throbbing in your mouth. If you can’t see a dentist immediately, you can try one of these at-home remedies to alleviate pain until you get treatment.
Rinsing With Saltwater or Hydrogen Peroxide
You have probably heard that saltwater acts as a disinfectant. When you swish it around in your mouth, it can help heal sores. It can also mask the pain of a toothache. Hydrogen peroxide has similar properties. Both treatments also decrease inflammation, which is associated with tooth pain.
Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide, and make sure to dilute it with an equal amount of water before swishing it around your mouth.
Applying a Peppermint Tea Bag
Peppermint can soothe your inflamed gums when you get a toothache. Make a cup of peppermint tea, steeping the bag for a couple minutes. Remove the bag from the water, and put the still-warm tea bag on the area of the gum where you feel the most pain.
Dabbing Clove Oil on the Tooth
For thousands of years, people have used cloves to treat toothaches. Drizzle clove oil along with two drops of olive oil on a cotton ball. Apply the cotton ball to the affected area of the tooth. The clove will decrease inflammation and disinfect the painful area.
Using a Wheatgrass Mouthwash
Wheatgrass battles infection in the mouth. You can use it as a mouthwash to disinfect the area around the toothache. Some people also swear by its medicinal properties if it’s ingested. Wheatgrass has high chlorophyll content, which kills bacteria.
Dabbing on Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme is an antioxidant that is also antibacterial. Put an equal amount of water and thyme essential oil on a cotton ball, then apply it to the sore tooth.
Fighting off Pain With Garlic
Garlic is a miracle plant for so many reasons. Many people hail its medicinal uses and keep fresh garlic on hand at all times. You can create a paste from it by crushing one clove with a tiny dash of salt. Mix them together, then apply the paste to your ailing tooth and surrounding gums. The garlic has another dental bonus too — it also kills plaque.
Making a Cold Compress
Cold compresses can bring relief to tooth pain quickly. The cold constricts the blood vessels, and it can also bring down swelling caused by your toothache.
To make a cold compress, wet a hand towel with cold water, then wring it out. Put a handful of ice in the towel and twist the sides so that the ice can’t fall out. Apply the cold compress to the jaw where your toothache is. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
Seeking Dental Treatment for Your Toothache
Unfortunately, home remedies don’t treat the problem that’s causing the toothache. Getting dental care can help determine what started the toothache and how to address it. Contact Dental Choice today to set up an appointment.