If you have a toothache, it is important to figure out what is at the root of your discomfort. From there, you can determine how to best relieve any pain, swelling, or other symptoms. If your symptoms persist for more than a day or two, see one of our dentists. We can provide guidance on how to relieve your symptoms and prevent future pain. We strongly recommend that you talk to one of our dentists before using any of the following remedies if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any medical condition that may be impacted by herbal ingredients.
For many people, a saltwater rinse is an effective first-line treatment. Salt water 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. A regular saltwater rinse and cold compress application can typically remedy minor irritation, but more serious toothaches may require one of our dentist’s interventions. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
A hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to relieve pain and inflammation. Make sure you properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide. To do this, mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and use it as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow it.
Peppermint tea bags can be used to numb pain and sooth sensitive gums. To do this, allow a used tea bag to cool down before applying it to the affected area. It should still be slightly warm.
For thousands of years, garlic has been recognized and used for its medicinal properties. Not only can it kill harmful bacteria that cause dental plaque, but it can also act as a pain reliever. To use this, crush a garlic clove to create a paste and apply it to the affected area. You may wish to add a tiny bit of salt. Alternatively, you can slowly chew a clove of fresh garlic. Clove has been used to treat toothaches throughout history, because the oil can effectively numb pain and reduce Inflammation. It contains eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic.
If your toothache is severe or is the result of a more serious medical condition, you need to see one of our dentists so you can treat it properly. Many toothaches will require medical attention. An over-the-counter pain reliever such as Advil or ibuprofen could help until you see one of our dentists.
You should also see your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- trouble breathing or swallowing
- general pain that lasts more than one or two days
- pain when you bite
- abnormally red gums
- foul-tasting discharge, or pus