It is important to see your dentist as soon as possible if you are having an issue with your teeth or gums. If it is not possible to see your dentist right away, there are natural and home remedies you can try while you wait for your appointment.
5 Toothache Remedies
While tooth issues should usually only be treated and diagnosed by a dentist, we understand that there may be times you cannot make it in immediately. We have compiled 5 at home remedies we recommend trying before you can get in to see us:
- Saltwater Rinse & Swish
- Cold Compresses
- Over-the-Counter Pain Medicine
- Peppermint Tea
Make sure you let your dentist know which remedies you tried at home and how they made you feel – especially if you took OTC Pain Medicine!
1. Saltwater Rinse
Saltwater rinses can help reduce inflammation and dislodge debris stuck between your teeth. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in warm water and swish the mixture around for 30 seconds before spitting it out. This may sting but should not cause major pain.
2. Cold Compress
Cold compresses help to numb the pain and reduce swelling. Hold a cold compress or an ice pack to the affected area for a few minutes at a time to reduce the pain.
3. Over the Counter Pain Medication
Over the counter pain medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help manage pain. Ibuprofen is also an anti-inflammatory. Take the medication as directed on the bottle and do not try any medications that you are not already comfortable with during this process.
Cloves have a natural anesthetic in them. Soak a cotton ball in clove oil and apply to the affected area for pain relief. Whole cloves can also be chewed and held in place to the affected area to release the oil.
5. Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea, like cloves, can also numb the pain. The menthol in the peppermint leaves also have antibacterial properties. Add one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water and let cool for 20 minutes. Once the tea has cooled, swish it around and either spit it out or swallow.
Schedule An Appointment at Lakeview Dental Care
These home remedies are meant for temporary pain management.
If you’re experiencing a toothache, it’s a good idea to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will take X-rays and perform an exam to find the cause of the pain.
The dentists and staff at Lakeview Dental Care are committed to providing all of our patients with the highest-quality dental care. Make an appointment at one of our 6 convenient locations around New Jersey to learn more!