Anyone who has ever suffered from a toothache knows the pain can make everyday activities very difficult. What was once a relaxing Indiana summer weekend can quickly become an unbearable ordeal when tooth pain is involved. Instead of focusing on warm summer breezes and the calmness of the evening sun, your mind is laser-focused on one thing: finding relief.

Toothaches can be caused by a number of things, such as gum irritation from food, a broken tooth, tooth decay, removal of a tooth, an abscessed or infected tooth, and even repetitive motions such as chewing. While these are all reasons why a toothache may occur, the actual pain is caused by an irritation of the nerve in the root of the tooth.

There are certain common household remedies that work to calm the inflammation of the nerve in your tooth that’s causing pain. Other remedies may also kill harmful bacteria or even act as a numbing agent in minor cases of tooth pain.

Many of the issues that cause toothaches can be avoided by flossing regularly, brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and getting your teeth cleaned every 6 months. For those without dental insurance, that last preventive step can seem difficult to achieve.

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While these remedies are not a cure-all for underlying issues that may be causing tooth pain, they can help relieve pain while you wait to receive care. When tooth decay progresses into the nerve at the root of the tooth, this can lead to extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, as well as an intense throbbing pain.

Top Five Home Remedies for a Toothache

1. Ice

When you bruise your knee or twist your ankle, ice can be your best friend in relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Ice can also be an effective way to relieve a toothache. Applying ice to the area around a painful tooth can help to numb the pain. The problem with this is that some areas in the mouth can be difficult to apply ice to, so you may have to try different techniques.

One way to try is wrapping a piece of ice in a thin towel and applying to the affected area for 15 minutes at a time. This technique is only effective if the affected area is reachable from the outside of the mouth. If the pain is only reachable from the inside, it may be helpful to try holding ice water in your mouth for several seconds at a time. While these techniques don’t heal the root of the problem, they can reduce swelling and inflammation as well as numb tooth pain.

2. Tea Bags

Cultures around the world have celebrated tea leaves and their health benefits for thousands of years. Green tea contains antioxidants that can help the immune system and support metabolism. Black tea contains compounds called tannins that are believed to help reduce pain and swelling.

Tea bags may also help remedy a toothache. Similar to how tea as a beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold, you can apply either a cold or warm tea bag to an aching tooth. If you prefer to use a warm tea bag, soak it in boiling water, but be sure to let it cool down to a warm temperature before applying it to the tooth. If you prefer to use a cold tea bag for this method, soak the tea bag and put it in the freezer for a few minutes before applying it to the tooth.

3. Salt Water Rinse

Rinsing your mouth out with salt water can have multiple benefits. You may have heard that gargling with salt water can help to relieve a sore throat. The same idea can apply to a sore tooth, especially if the cause of the soreness is an inflammation of the gums.

Rinsing with a saltwater solution can help to dislodge any food particles that may be in between the teeth causing inflammation. Salt water is also a natural disinfectant and can help to keep an infection clean while you seek professional dental help.

Mix 1 teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of warm water and rinse and gargle as you would while using mouthwash.

4. Garlic

Garlic has also been used for centuries for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. This pungent spice can kill bacteria that can cause tooth pain. While this treatment may prevent people from wanting to be close to you, it can be a very effective home remedy.

The best way to use garlic as a home remedy is to mix 5 cloves of garlic with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and crush them together. This will form a paste you can apply to the affected area. Leave this paste on the affected area for 10 minutes before rinsing it out with warm water. Repeat this process as needed to help relieve tooth pain.

5. Peppermint

There’s a reason why peppermint leaves are used to flavor many dental products. Not only does peppermint provide a refreshing flavor, it also has antibacterial and numbing qualities that can help relieve pain in the teeth and gums.

In your pantry you may have dried peppermint leaves. Mix these leaves with water and bring it to a boil. Once it begins to boil, take it off the heat and allow it to cool. Once cooled, strain out the peppermint leaves, and swish the tea around in your mouth and spit as you would with mouthwash.

While these common home remedies can certainly provide temporary relief of tooth pain, they are no substitute for professional dental care. If you are experiencing a severe toothache, Hope Healthcare Services is here to help.

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FAQs:

What is the fastest way to stop a toothache at home?

There are many remedies available at home that can help temporarily relieve the pain of a toothache. Some of these remedies include applying ice to the affected area, gargling with warm salt water, and swishing with peppermint tea. However, these options only help to relieve pain and not heal the problem. It’s important to seek professional dental care if you’re experiencing a toothache.

How can I numb my tooth at home?

There are many over-the-counter topical numbing agents available, but there are also some home remedies that can help provide temporary relief for tooth pain. Some of these include applying ice to the affected area, or swishing with salt water or a tea made from peppermint leaves.

What gets rid of a toothache?

There are many over-the-counter medications and home remedies that can help relieve the pain of a toothache, but those don’t address the underlying cause of the pain. It’s very important that you seek professional dental care if you’re experiencing a toothache.