The first thing we think about any time we encounter a problem is whether we can deal with it using some things at home. Some of the things you can do at home to try and minimize or eliminate your toothache include:
1. Rinsing With Warm Saltwater
This is the first and simplest way to try and deal with the pain. Mix half a teaspoon of salt with half a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth for a few seconds.
Do that a few times. The water helps remove any food debris stuck between your teeth, reduce inflammation and disinfect any wounds around the tooth.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water. The hydrogen peroxide should have a concentration of around 3%. Use the mixture as a mouthwash and spit.
Hydrogen peroxide helps disinfect the area around the affected tooth, reduce inflammation and pain, and helps with bleeding gums.
3. Cold Compress
Wrap a bag of ice cubes in a towel and place on the cheek near the affected tooth. That helps constrict the blood vessels and reduce the pain.
Crush a few garlic cloves to make a paste, then apply it to the affected tooth. Garlic helps kill bacteria around the tooth that causes dental plaque and also reduces the pain.
5. Peppermint Tea Bags
Soak a peppermint tea bag in warm water and apply it to the affected tooth. Peppermint helps soothe sensitive gums and numb the pain around the tooth.
6. Elevating Your Head
Elevating your head as you lie down reduces the amount of blood going to the head, and that reduces the pain and inflammation.
Grind cloves and soak them to make a paste, then apply that paste to the affected area. Alternatively, you can suck on a clove and let it sit on the affected tooth. Cloves have eugenol, which helps numb the pain.
8. Over The Counter Medication
Take over-the-counter pain medications and if they don’t help, consult a dentist or a pharmacist for more powerful pain relievers.
9. Vanilla Extract
Apply a few drops of vanilla extract on the tooth using a cotton bud or your finger a few times a day. Vanilla contains alcohol which helps to temporarily numb the area, and also has antioxidants that help heal the area.
10. Guava Leaves
Chew a few guava leaves with the teeth near the affected area so that the juice gets to the tooth. Alternatively, you can boil the leaves and use that juice as a mouthwash. Guava leaves contain anti-inflammatory properties, and they help heal wounds around the affected tooth.
Mix a few drops of thyme essential oil and apply that moisture onto the affected tooth. Thyme has a lot of antioxidants and antibacterial properties that help heal wounds and kill bacteria around the affected tooth.