Find Relief for Your Toothache with These Top 6 Home Remedies

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Most of us know the awful feeling of a toothache. It can be a sharp, throbbing or constant pain that’s impossible to ignore.

If you have a toothache that has lasted longer than a day or two, the pain is unbearable or you have other symptoms like fever, earache or pain when opening your mouth wide — we highly recommend that you come in to see a dentist as soon as possible. Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical if the cause of your toothache is a dental infection, to prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body. 

However, if you are in the early stages of toothache pain or trying to treat it while you wait to be seen, here are some toothache remedies to help find relief.

The Top 6 Toothache Home Remedies

While these remedies may not completely mitigate the pain, they will provide a bit of relief while you wait to see your dentist.

  • 1. Rinse Your Mouth with Salt Water
    • This is an effective first line of defence for a toothache. Saltwater is a natural disinfectant, can help reduce inflammation and can help heal any oral wounds. Just mix about ½ a tsp of salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth like mouthwash and spit it out.

  • 2. Use Peppermint Tea Bags
    • Another natural toothache remedy is to use peppermint tea bags to help numb the pain and soothe sensitive gums. To try this remedy, take a used tea bag, while it’s still slightly warm and apply it to the affected area.

  • 3. Apply a Cold Compress
    • This remedy is especially helpful if the cause of your toothache is from some sort of trauma that caused a cracked or broken tooth. Applying a cold compress to the tooth in pain causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This makes the pain less severe and can reduce any swelling and inflammation.
  • 4. Use Crushed Garlic
    • Garlic is one of those superfoods that has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, making it a great source of relief for a toothache. To use this remedy, crush a garlic clove to create a paste and apply it to the affected area.

  • 5. Apply a Dental Anesthetic
    • This is less of a natural remedy but it can provide quite a bit of relief. An over the counter dental anesthetics that you can find at most pharmacies is Orajel (benzocaine). Just apply a small amount of the product to the affected area, but remember this is just a temporary source of relief while you wait to see a dentist. You shouldn’t use these products for a prolonged period of time.
  • 6. Take Pain Relief Medication
    • Similarly to dental anesthetics, pain relief medication is not a natural remedy but it is certainly a great source of toothache relief that you can take from home. Take the recommended dose on the bottle for Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) and continue taking it to ease the pain until you see your dentist. You’ll probably want to avoid aspirin, which can slow blood clotting and cause problems if you need a root canal.

Causes of Toothaches

Toothaches can have many causes but here are few of the most common ones that might be causing your pain:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Injury or an abscess
  • Damaged filling

How to Prevent Toothaches

Now, if you don’t currently have a toothache, or want to prevent another one from happening in the future, there are several things you can do. The best thing you can do to prevent future toothaches is to maintain proper oral hygiene. We know, this is an obvious answer but it’s obvious because it’s true and effective. We recommend brushing regularly with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, flossing daily, rinsing once or twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash and seeing your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning.

As we mentioned in the beginning, it’s really important to see a dentist if your toothache pain is severe or the result of a serious medical condition. Here are a few other signs that you should see a dentist as soon as possible:

  • Fever
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pain that lasts more than two days
  • Swelling
  • Pain when chewing
  • Red or bleeding gums
  • Pus from the tooth or foul-tasting discharge

Next Steps 

Need more relief from your toothache? Book an appointment!Learn more about what to expect if you visit our office with a dental emergency. 

Dr. Lui & Associates provide comprehensive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care in Calgary, Alberta. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or learn more about dental implants. You can reach us at 403-263-1346

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