Before You See a Dentist about a Toothache, Try These Home Remedies

Dealing with a toothache can make even the simplest of activities unbearable. If you’re struggling with a persistent toothache, we want you to make an appointment to see a dentist at our office. However, if you need some relief in the meantime, we recommend some of these home remedies:

  • Saltwater rinse — Until you can see a dentist at our office, one of the best things you can do to ease the pain of a toothache is to swish warm, salty water around in your mouth. A good mixture combines a full glass of water and a small spoonful of salt.
  • Pain relievers –– Another good way to ease the pain of a toothache is to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you decide to take aspirin, don’t place it directly on your tooth or gums! This folk remedy can be harmful to your mouth, and as your dentist, we can’t say that it actually works.
  • Cold compress –– If your aching tooth is making your face swollen, try placing a cold compress on the area that’s hurting. This method is especially helpful if you’ve chipped a tooth or one of your teeth has been knocked loose.
  • Ice –– Put a piece of ice in the hand that’s on the same side as your aching tooth. Then, rub it between your index finger and thumb until the area becomes numb. Researchers believe that doing this can stop pain signals from going to your brain.