No one likes to deal with toothache. It’s really uncomfortable and can even be painful at times, so you want to do whatever you can to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible. While toothache can be brought on by many different factors, the good news is that there are plenty of home remedies out there that can help bring you relief. Nonetheless, when applying such home remedies it is important to remember that if pain persists you should visit your nearest dental clinic. These remedies range from mild to pretty intense, so let’s take a look at some of the best options out there.
Home remedies for toothache
Dabbing vinegar onto your gums can reduce pain and swelling. As a bonus, it is also believed to whiten teeth. The anti-inflammatory properties in vinegar have been used as a home remedy to treat tonsillitis and sore throats. It is not recommended to swallow any vinegar, though, because it can cause some stomach upset. But when you dip a cotton swab in apple cider vinegar and rub it on your gums after brushing your teeth, you’ll be happy with how much better you feel next time you wake up with morning breath. Just make sure not to accidentally use white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar instead.
2. Rubbing Alcohol
A mixture of rubbing alcohol and salt can ease your pain. Just mix equal parts of each, dip a q-tip in, and use it to apply a bit of rubbing alcohol to your gums. The salt will help stave off infection while also reducing swelling and pain. Make sure you have an eye dropper or syringe with you because you may spit out some blood when you rinse your mouth—but it’s better than having a broken tooth.
Mix some turmeric with a little coconut oil, heat it up in a saucepan and place it on your gums to reduce swelling and pain. Or, you can simply chew on some fresh turmeric root or take a teaspoon of turmeric mixed with water. Turmeric has been proven to be effective in treating infections. It works by killing off harmful bacteria that contributes to infection and is used widely as an ingredient in many health products to help prevent illness. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve inflammation and pain caused by dental cavities, gum disease, periodontitis (gum disease), osteoporosis (weakening of bones), rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (joint pain).
4. Salt Water Mouth Rinse
The effectiveness of a salt water mouth rinse is largely dependent on how much it hurts to put something in your mouth. If your toothache isn’t bad, rinsing with salt water will probably make you feel better. But if your gums are already swollen and tender from an abscess, it could make things worse. And if you have severe gum disease or open sores in your mouth, rinsing could introduce bacteria into an open wound and make infection more likely. Because people are different, what works for one person may not be a good fit for another, so speak with your dentist about whether a salt water rinse is right for you before trying it out at home. It should also go without saying: Never swallow seawater or any kind of ocean water.
5. Coconut Oil
Oil pulling with coconut oil is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy known to soothe sore teeth. Use a tablespoon of coconut oil, swish it around in your mouth for at least five minutes and then spit it out. Coconut oil’s powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties will pull toxins from your gums, soothing any soreness or infection in your mouth. Make sure you’re using unrefined virgin oil; refined versions don’t contain all of coconut’s health benefits. After practicing oil pulling with coconut, see how many fresher-feeling teeth you have.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Toothaches can sometimes be caused by an infection, so it’s important to have a few natural home remedies in your medicine cabinet. Try applying a drop of tea tree oil (which is sometimes found in natural toothpastes) to your painful tooth—the antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil should relieve pain and reduce inflammation. If you don’t have tea tree oil handy, try gargling with warm salt water or even a homemade mouthwash made out of baking soda and water. Both will cleanse and help reduce irritation. You can also try relieving discomfort by chewing on some fresh parsley leaves—chewing acts as a natural muscle relaxant, helping numb minor pains from things like stings and bites, too.