Home Remedy for Toothaches

By Ticara Gailliard

Tooth pain can be caused by a number of different problems, whether it's cold sensitivity, a cavity, or a problem with your dental work. When your tooth begins to hurt, the first thing to do is get to a dentist. Unfortunately, this may not always be an option right away. There are several home remedies for tooth pain to try until you can get to a dentist.

Home Remedies

First, try rinsing your mouth out. Take a mouthful of warm water and swish it around quickly. If there is a piece of food stuck in your teeth that is causing the pain, this rinse should help dislodge it. However, if the swishing doesn't work, try to floss carefully. If your tooth is sore for other reasons, try putting an ice cube against the sore tooth. You can also try gargling warm salt water for some relief. Rubbing a garlic clove against your tooth is said to help with tooth pain, as will chewing a clove daily. You can also put a few drops of vanilla extract on the tooth that's causing you trouble. Vick's Vapor Rub can help bring some tooth pain relief. Rub a bit of the rub on the side of your face where the pain is, then place a paper towel on top of it and lie down in bed.

If pressure is causing your toothache, avoid using that side of your mouth when chewing. You may be experiencing sensitivity when breathing, so keep your mouth closed and breathe through your nose. Avoid adding heat to your tooth pain because, if it's caused by an infection, the heat can make infection spread. If you have whiskey available, take a shot and hold it in your mouth. Swish the alcohol more over the pained tooth. This can help make your tooth feel better. A piece of raw potato against your tooth for 15 minutes also provides some pain relief. Chew on some raw onion for three minutes to kill any germs in your mouth. In a remedy that doesn't involve putting something in your mouth, rubbing ice on your hand should reduce your tooth pain. Take an ice cube and rub it against the V area of skin between your thumb and index finger for about five minutes. A study from Canadian researcher Dr. Ronald Melzack showed that a hand massage with ice decreased tooth pain in between 60 to 90 percent of participants. This is because the rubbing takes precedence over pain impulses on the nerve pathway.

Combining pepper and salt will help with a number of mouth issues that can cause tooth pain. Mix a pinch of pepper with a quarter teaspoon of salt and ingest this daily. You can also mix a pinch of pepper with some clove oil to rub on your pained tooth. Limes can prevent several tooth problems, so chew on some fresh lime and this should help. You may also take a swig of wheatgrass juice and have some tooth pain relief as well.