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Looking for Home Remedies for a Toothache?

Looking for Home Remedies for a Toothache?

What should you do if you’ve got a toothache? Depending on what’s causing the pain, here are some things to consider:

  • If your teeth are hurting from an injury to your face, or if you’re having sudden pain and don’t know why, seek emergency dental care immediately.
  • Only your dentist can diagnose and treat the cause of a toothache. So, if you’ve been experiencing pain or discomfort that hasn’t gone away on its own, and you’re not sure why, schedule an appointment to have your teeth examined for signs of tooth decay or other dental diseases.
  • If you’ve had a recent dental procedure, you may experience some pain or discomfort while you’re in recovery.

But in the meantime, what can you do for a toothache at home while you’re either waiting for an appointment or for your teeth to heal after treatment?

Here are six home remedies for tooth pain that may help if you can’t get to the dentist right away.

#1: Cloves or Clove Oil

Clove oil has been used as an ingredient in dental products and has been used for temporary pain relief from cavities, mouth ulcers, and sore gums.

  • Cloves contain the compound eugenol, which is thought to have anesthetic properties.
  • Cloves are also thought to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant effects.
  • For temporary relief from sore teeth or gums, soak a cotton ball in clove oil and apply directly to the affected area.

#2: Salt Water

Warm salt water may help to clean bacteria and debris from your mouth and may temporarily relieve swelling associated with a toothache or dental procedure.

Here’s how to use salt water for temporary tooth relief:

  • Add ½ of a teaspoon to a cup of warm water
  • Swish and spit out
  • Gently floss around the sore tooth afterward

#3: Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide may help to kill bacteria and relieve discomfort from a toothache or dental procedure.

Here’s what to do:

  • Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution
  • Swish for about 30 seconds
  • Rinse thoroughly with water
  • Don’t swallow it!

#4: Garlic

Garlic contains the active ingredient allicin, which may have an antibiotic effect and help with healing after a dental procedure.

All you have to do is crush a garlic clove and apply directly to the affected area.

#5: Peppermint

Peppermint has natural numbing properties and has been included as an ingredient in many pain relief products, such as sprays, creams, or gels.

  • One option is to chill a peppermint tea bag in the freezer or refrigerator and place it over the affected area.
  • Another option is to swish peppermint tea for temporary relief.

#6: Ice

Just as you may use ice for first aid in treating injuries, you can also use it for aching teeth or gums.

  • Place ice cubes in a plastic bag
  • Place the ice pack over the affected area
  • Hold in place for up to 15 minutes to numb the nerves and temporarily relieve pain

As noted above, please seek emergency dental care if you’ve suffered an injury to your teeth or if you’re experiencing sudden, severe pain.


If you’ve had ongoing pain or discomfort that hasn’t gone away on its own, please schedule an appointment with Drs. Davis or Matthews at Excel Dental in Ozark. We will do a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain and recommend an appropriate treatment.

We also hope you’re able to find temporary relief while you’re waiting for your appointment or your mouth to finish healing!