Of all the aches and pains that human bodies can suffer, a toothache can easily rank among the most painful. Even though our teeth are relatively small, they are packed with nerve endings. So any amount of pain or discomfort can feel magnified to the point of being debilitating! But there are simple ways to soothe the pain of a toothache, and I’ll be sharing 7 of them with you today!
But before we get to that, I want to mention that having a toothache is usually a sign of a problem with your teeth. That problem could be anything from a small cavity to a serious infection, so it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist! The natural remedies in this post can help you manage your pain until your appointment, but they aren’t a substitute for professional dental care.
Alright, now let’s get to those remedies! :-)
7 Natural Remedies For Toothaches
1. Salt Water Rinse
A salt water rinse is a useful remedy, because salt water is a natural disinfectant! And the swishing action can also help dislodge any food stuck between your teeth, which may relieve some of the painful pressure on your teeth and gums.
To do a salt water rinse, add 1/2 teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of room temperature water. Stir to dissolve the salt, then swish the salt water around in your mouth for one minute. Spit the salt water out when you’re done.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
A hydrogen peroxide rinse can be especially helpful if your symptoms are related to gingivitis. A 2004 study showed that using a hydrogen peroxide rinse can significantly reduce gingivitis and bleeding gums. (And as an added bonus, it can also help whiten your teeth!) To do a hydrogen peroxide rinse, mix up equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide in a small cup. Swish for one minute, then spit the rinse out.
3. Cold Compress
When it comes to reducing pain and swelling, a cold compress can work wonders. Just dip a wash cloth into ice water, wring it out a bit, and press it against your cheek wherever the pain is most intense. Use the cold compress for 5-10 minutes, rewetting the cloth if it stops feeling cold. Repeat the process a few times a day as needed.
4. Peppermint Tea
There are two ways to use peppermint tea to soothe a toothache. First, you can use the teabag itself. Just prepare a cup of peppermint tea as directed, then remove the teabag and let it cool for a couple of minutes. Then put the cooled teabag in your mouth and press it against the area of the toothache for a few minutes.
The second way to use peppermint tea is as a rinse. Just swish the cooled tea around in your mouth for a minute or so. The peppermint will have a gentle numbing effect and help dull the pain.
5. Clove Essential Oil
Like peppermint, clove can have a soothing effect on minor aches and pains. This is because clove contains eugenol, which produces a numbing effect. You can take advantage of this effect with clove essential oil and a cotton ball.
Just put a couple of drops of clove oil onto the cotton ball, then dab it onto the area surrounding the toothache. (It doesn’t taste very good, so try to keep it away from your tongue if you can!)
6. Soft-Bristled Toothbrush
If you have a toothache, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush for sensitive teeth. A standard toothbrush could aggravate your teeth and gums and make the inflammation worse. And when you’re brushing, use soft, gentle strokes with the bristles angled up towards the gumline.
Proceed with caution, as this particular remedy is not for the faint of heart! But according to a 2014 review, garlic has been shown to have antimicrobial effects that can help fight infection. And historical records suggest garlic was commonly used as a cure for toothaches in England during the Renaissance!
All you have to do is pop a clove of garlic in your mouth and chew! (As for me, I think I’ll try all of the remedies above before I resort to this particular option!) ;-)
Have you ever used a home remedy for a toothache?