Nowadays, people suffer many dental problems because of lack of teeth care and bad food habits. Out of which, a tooth pain is the most common.
A toothache can be mild or unbearable. Most toothaches cause so much throbbing pain that you won’t be able to talk, eat or drink. Toothaches happen when the very sensitive pulp (middle portion of a tooth) becomes inflamed.
The causes of a toothache are cavities, a dental abscess, bad brushing habits, loose fillings, a cracked tooth, tooth decay, gum disease (Periodontitis), a blow to a tooth, dry socket, broken tooth, food stuck in teeth, tooth fracture, sensitivity, teeth misalignment, Bruxism, a damaged filling, or a sinus condition.
While persistent toothaches always need going to the dentist and a dental examination, you can ease the pain without medication, painkillers, meds, pills, or anything at home, when waiting for a dentist appointment. Here are several ways and home remedies to relieve a tooth pain that don’t need the strongest medicine use.
How can you get rid of an insane toothache without consulting a dentist?
Brush your teeth to remove stuck food particles- Thoroughly clean your mouth. Sometimes small food pieces that have gotten stuck in a tooth cause a toothache and make worse the pain of gingivitis or cavities. Brushing the teeth and flossing gently helps to get rid of any trapped food debris that might be the reason for a toothache. Even if brushing and flossing create pain, it is important to follow this step. Brush and floss continuously and use an antibacterial mouthwash as usual until you visit the dentist.
Clove oil- Cloves are a traditional, the best herbal home remedy to numb nerves. Eugenol, a natural anesthetic is the main chemical compound of cloves. But you must use clove oil carefully. You should not get it on gum tissue or tongue as it can worsen the pain. Rather, you have to just put 2 clove oil drops on a cotton ball and hold it directly onto the painful tooth itself. The oil will get absorbed in and around the tooth. Leave the cotton ball for an hour at a time.
Usually, the clove oil will just provide you with emergency toothache relief for an hour. If the pain persists, continue soaking a new cotton ball with oil of clove every hour until you get pain relief. Or take a whole clove and chew it a little to emit its oil and keep it on your painful tooth until the pain becomes less. Repeat every hour.
Cloves- Ground some cloves and mix with olive oil or water and make a fine paste. Put the paste on your affected part, keep it on your tooth and chew it to get cloves to release its juice. The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, and antioxidant components in cloves relieve a tooth pain by killing the bacteria effectively.
Note- Don’t use clove oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Get your doctor permission. Also, don’t use clove oil on the tooth that got a root canal treatment.
Ginger cayenne paste- Take a pinch of ginger powder and a few cayenne peppers crushed and mix with apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Roll a cotton ball into the paste and then put the saturated cotton on your painful tooth. Ensure you avoid the tongue and gums as these heat spices can cause burns. Leave it until you get relief. Both the spices are strong painkillers, so you can use them separately.
Cayenne pepper- The capsaicin chemical component in cayenne is a natural pain reliever. It blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. Take a few fresh cayenne peppers and apply to your painful tooth directly.
Swish with salt water- Dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of warm water. Once the salt dissolves swish this saline water solution for 20 seconds, ensuring it splashes around the affected tooth area and then spit it out. This easy pain killing mouthwash will reduce swelling, get rid of irritating food debris, relieves a sore throat, and cleanses the teeth. It contains analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. Swish as often as required or at night until the pain subsides.
Avocado- You should just roast the avocado seeds and make a fine powder by crushing them. Put this powder on your painful tooth and use a cotton ball to cover it. The avocado contains anti-oxidant properties that provide a great toothache relief. The avocado is not recommended to be used by pregnant women.
Apple cider vinegar- It is an amazing natural remedy to get of a toothache because it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The malic acid and acetic acid in apple cider vinegar detoxify and purify your tooth that has got the infection. Furthermore, it balances your mouth’s pH level that fights cavities and tooth decay. Take a cotton ball and dip it in the solution and place on your infected tooth or gum for 2-3 minutes. Repeat it 4 times a day to get relief. If it is very strong for your tooth, add some water to dilute it.
Asafetida- Mix powdered asafetida and lemon juice. Warm the mixture and put it on your hurting tooth. You will get instant comfort. The powerful components in asafetida kill a toothache causing bacteria.
Bread piece- Here is how do you get rid of a toothache without medicine. This home remedy will stop the bad toothaches from hurting despite how severe it is. You have to take a piece of bread, the bigger the better because the bread gets dissolved in the mouth. Then ball up the bread piece by pushing it together and push it into your affected tooth. If you don’t know which tooth is hurting then take a larger bread piece and thrust it all your mouth. The only thing you require is a bread piece.
Soothe with peppermint tea- Steep a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves for 15 minutes in a cup of boiling water. Once it cools, swish it around in the mouth and then spit it out. You can also swallow. Peppermint tea contains numbing power and it has a nice flavor. Furthermore, to get temporary relief from a toothache soak a black tea bag in hot water for a few minutes, squeeze it. Then place the wet tea bag on your painful tooth. Strong black tea contains astringent tannins that reduce swelling and provides temporary relief.
Peppermint oil- The peppermint oil is also a well-known headache remedy. It has a strong anesthetic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. The methanol content in peppermint oil reduces tooth pain and inflammation. Take a cotton ball and soak it in peppermint oil and put it on your painful tooth to eliminate the pain.
Tea tree oil- Soak a cotton ball in the tea tree oil and put it on the painful area. The immense antiseptic and anti-inflammatory elements in tea tree oil prevent a toothache, infection, and swelling.
Starfruit juice- Extract fresh juice from star fruit and have it twice a day. You will get relief from a toothache.
Plantain leaves- Plantain contains detoxifying properties. It can remove the dirt and pus from the tooth area and heal the pain. Hence, you can use it to treat a toothache. Either apply its paste on the hurting area or chew some plantain leaf.
Turmeric- Prepare a paste of turmeric powder and water. Use a cotton ball to apply the paste on the infected tooth. Or chew raw turmeric if you prefer. Turmeric contains antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that give immediate relief to a toothache.
Guava leaves- You can also get a toothache relief from using guava leaves because of its antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Take some guava leaves and chew it. Its juice can alleviate a toothache.
Hydrogen peroxide rinse- Have a mouthful of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution and then gargle. Doing this kills bacteria and provides some comfort and temporary relief if you have got a toothache accompanied by a bad taste in the mouth and fever, which are signs of infection. Use hydrogen peroxide solution just for rinsing and spit it out. Then use plain water to rinse several times. Repeat several times.
Clean with hydrogen peroxide- Dip and saturate a Q-tip in hydrogen peroxide. Generously apply the hydrogen peroxide to your toothache area. Repeat. This process will clean the teeth area and helps to reduce the pain. Ensure you don’t swallow the hydrogen peroxide and use water to rinse your mouth.
Apply a cold compress- Put an ice cube in a plastic bag, cover a thin cloth around it, and apply it to your painful tooth for about 20 minutes. This remedy will numb the nerves and get rid of tooth pain from nerve instantly. Or you can apply the ice pack on your cheek, on the side of your aching tooth. Applying this cold compress several times every day eases pain and reduces inflammation. If your pain increases with a cold compress, switch to a warm pack. Don’t directly apply the ice to your painful tooth as toothaches will be quite sensitive to extreme cold or hot temperatures. This is an excellent remedy for your tooth and gum’s swollen tissues.
Use liquor- You can use vodka and whiskey to numb the pain. Take a cotton ball and soak it in vodka or whiskey and press the cotton on your tooth pain area. Or, have a sip of whiskey and hold it on your painful tooth for some minutes and then spit it out. Both methods are effective ways to numb the nerves and relieve a toothache. If the alcohol causes irritation to your gums, then avoid trying this method.
Bourbon-Soaked Cotton Balls- Take a cotton ball and soak it in Bourbon and then gently chew on where your tooth pain is until you get relief. Bourbon contains mild numbing properties like most alcohols. Use this remedy for a toothache relief temporarily until you can get to a dentist.
Alcohol-based mouthwash- The alcohol ingredient in a strong mouthwash can do wonders for your entire dental issues. It is the best home remedy to eliminate a toothache. Swish some mouthwash with alcohol to get a toothache relief instantly.
Garlic and rock salt- Garlic also helps for a tooth pain. It is a natural antibiotic with other medicinal properties, and hence, a very effective remedy to alleviate a toothache. Crush a garlic clove and mix with a few rock salts and place it directly on your affected tooth.
Onion to alleviate a toothache- Cut an onion into a few slices and place them on your toothache or chew onion for a few minutes to have relief instantly. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties in the onion regulate the tooth pain, hence provide instant pain relief. Furthermore, regularly eating onions helps to get rid of bacteria in the mouth and prevents oral problems.
Neem- Neem is an Ayurvedic medicine, having healing abilities. Using neem oil can provide relief from a toothache. Rub a few neem oil drops on the sore tooth and along the gums to get instant relief.
Lemon and lime- Cut lemon and lime into slices and place it on the affected tooth. Then bite into it to swish the juice around in the mouth. You can also place a sliced piece on the sore tooth directly to get relief. The high vitamin C content and citric acid in lime and lemon are the perfect remedies to neutralize bacteria and to support the immune system.
Vinegar with bayberry- Take a little vinegar (acetic acid) and a bark of bayberry. Mix with water and make a paste. Then apply the mixture on your painful tooth. You will get soothing effect and relief from a tooth pain. You can also add some hydrogen peroxide solution. This will increase its effectiveness, kills the bacteria and thus, reduces the pain. Bayberry is another great home remedy as it contains astringent and antibiotic properties. It is full of vitamin C that strengthens the gums.
Lime juice- The strong antibacterial and antiviral properties in lemon juice fight infections and eliminate toxins from a toothache area. Mix lemon juice and salt and rub it on your painful tooth.
Ginger roots- Chew some fresh ginger roots. Ginger has antibacterial properties that stop tooth pain and swelling immediately.
Cucumber- It is another natural remedy to get a toothache relief fast. Slice a piece of cucumber and keep it on the painful area. If your tooth is not sensitive, you can use refrigerated cucumber too, because it will be more soothing.
Baking soda- To get the instant toothache relief mix baking soda with warm water and then rinse the mouth with it. Ensure the baking soda fully dissolve in water. It balances your body’s pH level, hence eliminates bacteria.
Wheatgrass mouthwash- One of the home remedies to eliminate a tooth pain without using pain pills is the wheatgrass remedy. Crush some wheat grass saplings. Rinse your mouth using the juice. You can also consume the juice of wheat grass because wheatgrass contains antibiotic and antibacterial elements that will get rid of bacteria and infection and combats tooth decay and a tooth pain.
Pressure point therapy- As per tradition, massaging your hand with a small ice cube helps relieve the tooth pain. The idea is that the finger nerves send off cold signals to the brain that override the tooth pain signals. Simply cover an ice cube in a thin cloth and rub it between your thumb and forefinger on the fleshy skin part for some minutes.
Essential oils- If you have toothaches and dental problems there are certain homemade essential oils that will work best. These essential oils include Rosemary, Myrrh, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus, and Frankincense oils. You can also use these oils to make a mouthwash or toothpaste to stop oral problems.
Tincture of myrrh- Take a teaspoon of myrrh powder in 2 cup water. Simmer, strain and allow it to cool. Take a teaspoon of the concoction in half cup water and rinse in the mouth. Do it 6 times a day. The Myrrh contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial elements. Its astringent effects kill bacteria in the mouth, help with inflammation and soothe a toothache.
Oregano oil- You can use oregano oil to treat a toothache because it contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory components. Take oregano oil and lukewarm water or olive oil and mix. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and put it on your infected tooth.
Vanilla extract- Here is an alternative way to relieve a toothache. Take a medicine dropper and fill it with vanilla extract. Place 2-3 vanilla drops directly onto the painful tooth to reduce the pain fast. Or take a cotton ball and dip it in vanilla extract and keep it on your affected tooth. This popular natural remedy numbs the pain and provides a calming effect.
Vinegar and brown paper distraction- Take a brown paper piece from a grocery bag. Soak it in vinegar. On one side spray black pepper. Now keep this side to your cheek near the painful tooth. The warm sensation eases your toothache and also distracts you from the pain.
Raw potato- Slice a potato into little pieces and keep it against a toothache for some time. The anti-inflammatory properties of potato cure inflammation and pain in the teeth. It reduces swelling by absorbing excess moisture.
Black pepper- Use black pepper, water, and salt and prepare a paste. Then apply it on your affected tooth and gums. Black pepper contains a component known as Piperine that triggers transient receptors inside the body, which causes a toothache to reduce.
Use soft-bristled toothbrush- If your gums are shrinking, you could feel a toothache from cold or hot foods. Shrinking gums exposes the sensitive dentin below the surface of tooth enamel. Buy a softest-bristled toothbrush made for sensitive teeth as this will provide relief from tooth pain. Soft bristled toothbrush stops further shrinking and helps to protect gum tissue.
Gum to cover crack- Broken tooth or lost filling can cause a toothache. Use softened chewing gum to cover the exposed area and you can relieve some pain. This can also work with a loose filling. Hold the gum in place until you are able to visit a dentist. Ensure you don’t use that tooth for chewing food until it is repaired to prevent further discomfort.
Oil pulling- Take a teaspoon of coconut oil. Swish it for 15 minutes in your mouth and spit out into a trash can. When you swish the bacteria in your mouth get trapped in the oil and are removed when you spit out. Make sure you don’t swallow the oil as bacteria will be present. Also, don’t put oil in the drain, because it can cause the drain to clog.
Acupressure technique- Stop a toothache fast with this acupressure technique. With your thumb, apply pressure on the back of the other hand, where the index finger and thumb finger meet at the base. Press and massage the base point for 3 minutes. This causes the endorphins to release. Endorphins are natural pain and stress fighters and feel good hormones. Pregnant women should avoid doing this technique.
Elevate your head- Grab a wedge-shaped pillow or stack several pillows and keep the head elevated. When you lie down, the blood supply inclines to your head and make the pain and swelling worse. Hence, grab a pillow when you sleep.
Don’t apply crushed aspirin- Don’t mash aspirin and apply it to your affected tooth or gums. It can cause burns in the mouth.
Call a dentist if your toothache gets worse- If infection signs like swelling, red gums, severe pain, or fever begin to develop or if you feel difficulty breathing or swallowing, immediately call your dentist.
- Visit a dentist if you can’t tolerate the pain
- Use warm saline water to gargle
- Gently brush the teeth
- Floss teeth to get rid of stuck food particles in the teeth
- Use oral numbing gels
- Put ice packs for swelling
- Consult a dental professional before using an antiseptic cream on a toothache
- Letting a toothache resolve itself
- Placing aspirin on a tooth or gum directly
- Drinking cold or hot drinks and eating sweets
- Using antibiotics and antiseptics to relieve pain
- Providing drugs to children without asking a dentist
- Taking pills more than suggested doses
A toothache may look like a small problem to you, but it can be the beginning of a bigger problem. Or a toothache may indicate you are not providing adequate care to the oral cavity and you should up the level of dental hygiene.
Remember, the home remedies mentioned here are ways to get relief temporarily and they are not complete treatments. In case of a toothache, the first thing you need to do is to visit an orthodontist. The most important thing you have to do is maintain a good oral hygiene, not just to prevent a toothache, but because everyone appreciates a good smile.