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Dr. Philip Sherman, DMD – Blog


How do you relieve toothache pain while waiting to see your dentist?

woman holding ice bag to cheek due to toothache

Everyone, at some point, suffers from toothache pain and if luck is not on your side and it’s not an emergency, you may have to wait to see your dentist. So what do you do to relieve the pain in the meantime?

Many people swear by home remedies, which while somewhat effective can’t do the job in the long term. The only right way to treat a toothache is to see your dentist.

If you’re stuck on a Saturday night with a sudden toothache and have to rough it through the weekend, here are a few things that can ease the pain till you can get into the Dentist chair and fix it.

Use Ice for that Toothache Pain:
Put a couple of small ice cubes or a little crushed ice in a plastic bag. Wrap the bag in a light cloth and place it over the tooth that’s hurting for 15 minutes or so for some pain relief or reducing of swelling.

Clove Oil:
Place a drop or two onto a cotton ball and apply it to the tooth. Clove oil has a numbing quality and it’s natural, not chemical. But we aware that it can hurt your tongue

Rinse with Salt Water
Salt water is a natural way to clean out any infected area. Stuff stuck in your teeth will more than likely come loose and you will get some relief for at least a short time. Add a small amount of salt to warm water and swish around once to loosen debris then spit. Repeat and rinse 3 – 4 more times.

Salt water is all natural and is about the safest thing you can do for temporary relief.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
Hydrogen peroxide, like salt water, is a cleansing agent, but it’s far more effective than plain salt water because it can attack harmful bacteria.

Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water, swish and spit once to clean the mouth then hold the mixture in your mouth for 30 to 45 seconds. You may experience a bubbling sensation. That’s okay. Repeat 2 -3 times.

It can give you some temporary toothache pain relief and can help ward off gingivitis, which is a possible cause of toothache pain. Be careful not to overdo it with this, however. Peroxide is not great for your stomach or your mouth in the long term.

Soak a Cotton Ball in Booze
Most alcohol has numbing qualities, Bourbon or Whiskey is probably your best bet for this application. Put a little bit on a cotton ball, and cover the aching tooth. It won’t offer lasting relief but it’s more fun than peroxide ???? Please do not use this for the kiddies.

Peppermint Tea Bags
Peppermint has numbing properties similar to cloves. Stick a cooled tea bag right on the tooth area that is causing the pain. You can put the bag in the freezer first if you prefer to get it really cold prior to application. It’s an herbal and natural pain reliever.

Garlic acts like an antibiotic, and it can arrest bacteria growth. Mash a garlic clove with a dash of salt into a paste and place on the throbbing tooth. If you don’t mind the taste you can simply chew on a clove or two. Warning: This will keep away vampires and significant others.

A toothache can really affect your quality of life. Eating, talking and even sleeping can become unnatural labors. If you are having trouble with a toothache, we can definitely help. Whether you have an infection, a fractured tooth or something just doesn’t feel right, Breezy Bay Dental is here for you. Don’t put off tooth problems. We have state-of-the-art technology and offer comforting care that is needed to handle most emergencies. We are here for you and we are committed to your health and well-being.