A toothache is frustrating, painful and most of the time happens
completely out of the blue! It’s not always clear why we develop a
toothache so it can be hard to know exactly what to do.
If your toothache persists for more than 2 days, you will need to pay a visit to
your dentist. (Sorry!) Your dentist will also want a peek even sooner
if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Severe pain
- Extra sensitive teeth to cold or hot stimuli (like cold water or warm soups)
- Swelling or discharge between the gums and teeth
- Jaw pain
- Pain at the site of a wisdom tooth
we don’t want you writhing around in pain while you’re waiting for your
dentist’s appointment, so here are some expert-approved home remedies
that can provide you some temporary relief from your toothache.
of the simplest and most convenient solutions for toothache is a
saltwater rinse. Not only is salt water a natural disinfectant and
antiseptic, but it also helps to loosen food particles and debris that
may be stuck in between your teeth. In fact, salt is such a wonderful
remedy for sore teeth and gums that we use it in our all-natural tooth and gum powder.
But we don’t just use any kind of salt. We use only the purest French
grey sea salt straight from the Celtic Sea – one of the cleanest parts
of the Atlantic Ocean!
Sea salt allows liquids to be passed
through the body’s membranes and blood vessel walls effectively. This is
important for cell growth and regeneration.
use a salt rinse to relieve toothache, stir about a teaspoon of sea
salt into a cup of warm water until dissolved. Swish around your mouth
for about 30 seconds and spit.
hydrogen peroxide rinse
hydrogen peroxide is another simple and effective way to ease
toothache, especially if your toothache is caused by an infection. It
helps to relieve pain and inflammation and can even reduce plaque
build-up. Hydrogen peroxide is so effective at removing bacteria that we
recommend you soak your toothbrush in a 3% solution of hydrogen
peroxide once a week.
Hydrogen peroxide, however, can be dangerous if swallowed so be very careful when using it as a rinse.
To use hydrogen peroxide to relieve toothache, mix
3 % hydrogen peroxide (preferably food-grade) with equal parts water
and swish around your mouth for 30 seconds. Remember, do not swallow!
cold compress can be a great way to ease toothache, especially if the
toothache is due to an injury or swollen gums. The application of a cold
compress causes blood vessels to constrict, slowing down the blood flow
to the affected area, which helps to make the pain less severe. A cold
compress can also help to reduce any swelling and inflammation.
use a cold compress to relieve toothache, place a bag of frozen peas or
a towel-wrapped bag of ice to the affected area for 10 minutes at a
time. You can repeat every few hours.
has been used to relieve toothaches for thousands of years! And it’s
all thanks to a compound called allicin which accounts for its powerful
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only can garlic kill
the harmful bacteria that cause dental plaque but being a natural
anesthetic, it is also a great pain reliever.
To use garlic
to relieve toothache, crush the garlic into a paste and place directly
onto the affected area. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can gently chew
on a garlic clove for up to 30 minutes to release the healing juices.
is another great natural remedy that has been used to treat toothaches
throughout history. Cloves contain a compound called eugenol, which is a
natural antiseptic and anesthetic so they are absolutely fantastic at
Clove also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
properties which make it a great remedy to fight off tooth and gum
To use clove to relieve toothache, either
soak a cotton pad with clove oil and apply to the affected area or
gently chew on a clove for up to 30 minutes to release the healing
peppermint tea bags
peppermint has numbing properties that help to relieve the pain of
toothache and soothe sensitive gums. Its high menthol content gives
peppermint the cool, minty fresh flavor as well as providing a calming
and soothing effect for toothache. Peppermint is also believed to
inhibit certain strains of bacteria responsible for causing gum
To use a peppermint tea bag to relieve toothache,
place a warm peppermint tea bag onto the affected area until you feel
the pain lessen.