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What Are The Natural and Home Remedies for Toothache? When To Visit a Dentist?

What Are The Natural and Home Remedies for Toothache? When To Visit a Dentist?



  • Saltwater Rinsing

Rinsing with salt water is a simple and effective method. Saltwater fights infections and helps loosen food particles stuck between your teeth. Mix ½ teaspoon of salt into a warm glass of water. Do not drink or swallow. Rinse for about 30 secs and spit out.


  • Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

If you are trying this method, make sure that the solution is diluted as per instructions. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal portion of water and use it as a mouthwash. Ensure not to swallow it. This method is effective, not just to relieve pain, but also to fight against bacteria and reduce plaque buildup.


  • Using Local Cold Compress

Cold compresses aid by constricting the blood vessels in the area and hence help to not only reduce pain but also swelling and inflammation. To try this method, wrap ice in a cloth and apply it to the area for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time.


  • OTC Painkillers

Although, not in the natural list, it is important to mention it as a necessity in case of severe pain. Over-the-counter painkillers are effective to aid in pain relief. Do not give painkillers to children without consulting your doctor or dentist.


  • Clove Oil

Clove oil numbs the pain and can be used directly over the affected area. Rub it over the affected area with a cotton ball.


  • Peppermint Tea Bags

Keep a warm (not hot or boiling) tea bag over the area to numb the pain and soothe sensitive gums. Another method is to let it cool in the freezer before applying it. Both warm and cold tea bags may work for you depending on the cause of your toothache.


  • Garlic

Garlic is traditional recommendation for its antibacterial and medicinal properties. It also has the benefit of working to ease the pain. To use this method, crush the garlic into a paste and apply it over the area with a bit of salt. You may also choose to chew the garlic piece


  • Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract contains alcohol and this may help to numb the pain for a while. Use a cotton ball to put a small amount of vanilla extract on the aching area.


  • Keep your head elevated

Lying down can increase the pain of toothache. Keeping your head elevated allows for the pressure in your blood vessels going to the area to drop and this relieves the pain slightly.


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When should you see a dentist?


Although natural remedies may help to soothe the toothache, it's important to understand that this does not solve the cause of the problem, and if left untreated, it may lead to further problems and eventually needing either the tooth to be extracted or a root canal. In some cases, the infection may also spread to the bone and other tissues. So, if you have a toothache that causes pain, it's important for you to get it checked with your dentist.


Visit a doctor immediately, if you have:

  • Fever with high temperature
  • Signs of general infection
  • Any signs of confusion
  • If there is pain the jaws




Medanta Medical Team
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