Toothache Remedies

While toothache remedies won’t cure the underlying problem, they can provide some much needed pain relief.  A toothache can come on suddenly and cause excruciating pain.  Toothaches are caused by various problems, including cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, abscesses, sensitive teeth, sinus problems, loose fillings and so on.  Many of these problems require a visit to the dentist, but home remedies will help alleviate the pain until you can get there.

Symptoms of Toothache

Toothache symptoms vary, depending on the underlying cause.  A toothache can be a throbbing pain, shooting pain, constant, or on and off.  Eating or drinking something that’s hot, cold or sweet will often cause a sudden sharp pain.  Some toothaches cause inflammation or swelling, pain when chewing, discharge from the gums, and even radiating pain, extending to the jaws and ears.  Sinus infections cause pain to upper teeth, and often affect several teeth.

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Toothache Remedies

Depending on the cause and severity of the toothache it may be necessary to see a dentist; but toothaches have a way of coming on at the most inconvenient times, like late at night or on the weekend. Until you can see your dentist, these toothache remedies should lessen the pain.

  1. Take ibuprofen – Ibuprofen can relieve both the pain and inflammation of a toothache.  Aspirin or acetaminophen will help also, but ibuprofen is most effective at reducing inflammation. Take whatever you have available.
  2. Apply oil of cloves – This is a popular remedy.  Many pharmacies carry a small bottle of toothache remedy that contains clove oil; you can of course, use clove oil from another source.   Apply the oil to the tooth to numb the nerve and give instant relief. Be careful when applying, the oil will burn your gums and tongue.
  3. Chill the swelling – If the problem tooth has caused swelling, hold an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your cheek.
  4. Apply an onion slice – Place a slice of onion on the affected tooth to ease the pain.  Onions fight bacteria; chewing an onion daily can help to protect teeth.
  5. Rinse with salt water – A salt water rinse can help remove any debris and lessen the pain. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, swish around mouth, spit.
  6. Apply garlic and rock salt – Place a small clove of garlic with rock salt on the throbbing tooth for pain relief.
  7. Enjoy a lime – Chew on a lime and rub it on the aching tooth to almost instantly lessen the pain.
  8. Check your liquor stash for whiskey or brandy – Take a swig of whiskey or brandy and hold it in your mouth for 30 seconds to a minute, gargle or swallow.  Another option is to soak a cotton ball or gauze with brandy or whiskey and place it on the troublesome tooth.
  9. Apply vanilla extract – Rub vanilla extract on the painful area, or take a swig and swish around in your mouth for about a minute; spit out.
  10. Try Vick’s VapoRub – Apply Vick’s VapoRub on the outside of your cheek where the toothache is.  The warmth offers relief.
  11. Season it – Mix a little salt and black pepper, dampen it, and apply to aching tooth for fast relief.
  12. Use baking soda – Mix ½ teaspoon baking soda in 4 ounces of warm water; adjust until you have a thin paste.  Use a cotton swab to apply mixture to aching tooth.  Those on sodium restricted diets should not try this remedy.

It’s important to remember that these home remedies will lessen the pain of a toothache but won’t cure the problem.  Set up an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible, because in some cases, such as an abscessed tooth, infection can spread and cause other more serious problems.  Until you can see the dentist, use these toothache remedies to control the pain.


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