When a toothache hits and you're in need of a quick fix, try these natural remedies to alleviate the pain. Even though there are many reasons for toothaches, it's best to see a dentist as soon as possible. An untreated problem can lead to more serious dental complications.
- Swish salt water. Add a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water, take a sip and swish around in your mouth for 30 seconds. The salt water cleans away irritating debris and helps reduce swelling. Repeat this treatment as needed.
- Drink some tea. Peppermint tea can help soothe the pain and reduce swelling. Swish it around in your mouth and spit it out or swallow. You can also place a warm, wet tea bag directly on the affected area.
- Use a cold compress. Place an ice cube in a plastic bag, wrapped in a cloth and apply it to the aching tooth for 10-15 minutes. This will numb the nerves and alleviate any discomfort.
- Apply clove oil. Rub a few drops on the affected tooth with a cotton ball several times a day to provide temporary pain relief. This natural anesthetic can be found in most markets and drugstores.
- Clean your mouth. Gently brush and floss your teeth to remove any food particles that may be causing the irritation. Follow with an alcohol-free mouthwash.