DIY Home Remedies for Your Teeth

Toothache pain is always annoying and very distracting, and finding relief for it is always going to be a priority when you have one. Fortunately, there are always some good hacks to help you get the toothache relief you need. Most of them are already in your home.

Some Toothache Home Remedies

1. Floss your teeth – gently floss the area between the teeth that are causing the toothache pain. Oftentimes food particles are next to the sensitive teeth or cavity they will irritate it. Removing them may remove the irritation and pain.

2. Rinse with salt water – mix about a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swirl it around your mouth for a few minutes then spit it out. Do it more than once if necessary to relieve tooth pain, and it can be used several times a day.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar – put a few drops of apple cider vinegar, the kind with the "mother" in it works best, on a cotton ball. Then place it on your gums and teeth where you feel the tooth pain. The vinegar has some anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties in it.

4. An ice pack – if a severe toothache is being caused by inflammation and swelling, an ice pack will help. Cover the ice with a cloth and place it against your cheek where the pain is located. This will help to reduce the swelling and ease the pain.

5. Tea – boil a cup of tea with a tea bag. When it is ready, take the bag while it is still warm and place it on the site of the pain. Be careful not to rip it with your teeth. Tea has tannins in it and this can help numb the area.

6. Vanilla extract – this toothache remedy is a popular one. Simply add a few drops of vanilla extract to a cotton ball and then place it on the area that hurts.

7. Cayenne pepper – this pepper has capsaicin in it, which is a natural pain reliever. Crush the pepper and add some apple cider vinegar to it, along with a little bit of ginger powder. Mix it together and then apply it directly to the tooth.

8. Turmeric – this herbal spice has many properties that make it a good toothache pain reliever. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-microbial. Simply mix a little bit in water and apply the mixture to a cotton ball, then apply directly to the tooth.

9. Clove oil – add a few drops of clove oil to a cotton ball and place directly on the tooth. Cloves contain eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic.

10. Hydrogen peroxide – this household antiseptic can be found in most homes. For a tooth pain remedy, just pour a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and swish it around for a few minutes. It can help relieve pain and you can do it several times a day.

Tooth Pain Remedies Not to Use

Among the many things that you do not want to use is aspirin. You do not want to place an aspirin on your tooth or gums. It is an acid, and it can cause burns. You will be better off if you swallow it for pain relief. The same is true with other painkillers.

Since over-the-counter medications are also apt to be taken with toothache pain, be careful not to take more than is recommended.

A Toothache May Indicate Bigger Problems

It is common to think that a toothache is likely caused by a cavity – which it may very well be. The main thing you want to know is that a toothache is a signal that something is wrong that needs attention. It can signal some serious problems, and a dentist can help resolve it.

The problem could be:

  • A cavity this is the most likely problem, and getting it filled is the best medicine for toothache.

  • An abscessed tooth – this is a tooth that has an infection in the tooth, and possibly in the gums around it. This can be a very serious condition because the inflammation can spread. A root canal is generally used.

  • Gum disease – with more severe gum disease, you could have loose teeth that are causing the pain. If so, it will need to be treated to remove the inflammation and bacteria.

  • Oral cancer – a dentist will need to look at it to determine if it is.

Visit the Dentist

A dentist can provide you with some real and lasting tooth pain relief by fixing the problem. While remedies are only temporary, seeing a dentist to let it be treated properly can remove the tooth pain permanently.

When you want lasting toothache relief, and if you live in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas, you can visit Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist, for help. He provides many dental services that can help you keep that beautiful smile. For a consultation or treatment, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.