Toothaches are a harsh reality to have to deal with. Whether you’re stuck out camping or waiting at home or work for your dentist appointment to finally come ’round, it can really be a true benefit to be able to do away with the pain of a toothache until your dental problem is fixed.
Toothaches come about for a multitude of reasons: you could have an exposed nerve, have sensitive teeth that are acting up because of something you ate or drank, you could have a cavity that needs filling, be in need of a root canal, have a broken or chipped tooth that’s in pain… the list is a mighty long one.
And while every person is different, there are quite a large number of home remedies on this list that many swear by. It’s unlikely that each and every home remedy will work out for you (especially since some home remedies work better for specific kinds of toothaches; some work better for sensitive teeth, for example, while others work best for broken or chipped teeth), but I’m hoping that with a list as long as this one, you’ll find at least one or two tricks that’ll help you get through the pain until you have a more permanent dental solution.
Be sure to let me know in the comments section if you do actually try one of these techniques out, or if you have in the past tried a home remedy and it has or has not worked for you. If you know of any good ones that aren’t on this list, let us know as well. It’d be great information to pass on to anyone else who stumbled on this article in an attempt to get rid of a bad toothache themselves.
Also, while of course, if you have tooth pain, you should feel free to use these techniques as temporary measures for relieving a toothache, we urge you to seek advice from a licensed dentist if you do have a toothache: especially if it is severe. Dental emergencies should be tended to as any other medical emergency would be – don’t think you can skip out on the dentist just because you can take the tooth pain away temporarily with one of these home remedies, as obviously, the home remedies do nothing toward resolving the source of the problem, which could really be quite serious.
Toothache Home Remedies Intended for Immediate Relief
The following are traditional methods of home remedies for DIY toothache relief. They are intended to work immediately, though how long their effects will last is different based on the remedy. Most of these are advisable to do 2-3 times a day, so long as you have the toothache and the first attempt using the home remedy worked out in reducing tooth pain for you.
|1. Warm Salt Water
Take half a spoon of salt, mix it in warm/hot water, and gargle.2. Salt & Pepper Paste
Mix 50% salt and 50% pepper into a bit of water to create a paste. Once you’ve made the paste, apply it to where you feel tooth pain and let it sit for some time.3. Garlic Powder & Salt
Take garlic powder, mix with salt, and apply to where you feel the tooth pain.4. Crushed Garlic Clove & Salt
After crushing garlic cloves, mix with salt and apply the cloves onto the tooth that’s aching.5. Whole Garlic Clove
Chew on garlic cloves in the area of your mouth afflicted by the pain.6. Clove & Oil
Grind cloves, mix with olive or vegetable oil, and apply to tooth that has pain.
7. Clove Oil
8. Clove Oil & Water
9. Whole Clove
11. Asafetida Powder & Lemon Juice
12. Asafetida & Butter
13. Guava Leaves
14. Guava Leaf & Salt Tea
15. Raw Spinach Leaves
16. Ginger & Cayenne Paste
17. Vanilla Extract
18. Wheatgrass Juice
19. Pepper, Salt, Garlic Powder & Vinegar Paste
20. Coconut Oil
Put ice into a thin cotton cloth and place on the outside of your cheek over the tooth that aches for a few minutes. Be careful with this technique, as if you have an exposed nerve, it can cause more pain.22. Peppermint Tea
Swish peppermint tea around your mouth to reduce tooth pain.23. Black Tea
Drink black tea and gargle it around your mouth to reduce tooth pain.24. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Get a hold of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and use it to rinse out your mouth. Also try holding the solution over your toothache for a few minutes, or if you’d prefer, using a cotton ball to apply the hydrogen peroxide solution to the toothache. Do not swallow the hydrogen peroxide solution. After you’re done gargling with the solution, rinse out your mouth with some water 2-3 times.25. Myrrh Tincture
Get a hold of myrrh tincture and use it to gargle with. This should help reduce tooth pain and will also help kill bacteria.26. Sunflower Oil
Swish sunflower oil around your mouth to relieve tooth pain.
27. Sesame Oil
28. Turmeric Paste
29. Turmeric & Honey Paste
30. Turmeric & Cayenne Paste
31. Nutmeg Oil
32. Tea Bag
34. Heating Pad
35. Chamomile Tea
36. Malunggay Root
37. Chewing Gum
38. English Mustard
39. Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
Distraction Methods for Getting Rid of Toothache Pain
The following are distraction methods that work because of the way the body deals with pain. You can distract your body from a toothache, which will in turn have you feel a lot less of the pain coming from the aching tooth.
See that point where your index finger and your thumb meet on your hand? Apply pressure there for two minutes and you will likely stop feeling the pain of your toothache. Why? Doing this help to trigger the release of endorphins, which will make you feel a lot more comfortable.
Preventative Measures for Reducing Toothache Pain
Not every toothache needs a dentist! Though you should absolutely always go see a dentist if you’re having unusual pain or sensitivity, some tooth pain comes about from discomfort brought about by having recurrent sensitive teeth, in which case, you’ll be wanting to try out the remedies in this category. If you have sensitive teeth, using these techniques consistently will help reduce toothache pain in the future by helping your teeth to become less sensitive over time with aid from toothpastes, brushes, and brushing techniques.
42. Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
Brushing your teeth with sensitive teeth toothpaste like Colgate Sensitive or Sensodyne helps prevent specific kinds of tooth pain. In particular, if your teeth don’t have strong enamel.
43. Soft Bristle Brush
Brushing teeth with a soft bristle brush, instead of with a harder bristle one, will benefit those who have sensitive teeth because of a lack or shortage of strong enamel on their teeth.
44. Brushing Softly
Brushing softly will also help to reduce sensitive teeth brought about by a lack of strong enamel.
More First Aid Resources
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Have some time? Check out all the first aid articles published on this blog, in case there’s anything valuable you’ve yet to learn on the topics we’ve written about.
Have any advice to give about toothache home remedies?
Have you tried any of these home remedies personally? Which have worked for you and which have not?
Can you think of any other home remedies for toothaches that haven’t been mentioned on this list and that you’ve tried before? Did those remedies work out or did they not do a good job?
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