How To Relieve Toothache Fast

Home Remedies That Could Work

Oh yeah, a toothache is one of the worst feelings out there. The level of hopelessness and agony a human feels when they experience that throbbing pain is just nerve-wracking. Add not being able to visit the dentist to that equation and you have yourself a little mental breakdown. OK, maybe we exaggerated a tiny bit – but you get the point.

To help you deal with the agony of a toothache on a holiday let’s say – we compiled a list of home remedies that are proven to help get rid of tooth pain, fast. Keep reading and good luck!

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Here’s What You Can Do

Getting rid of tooth pain depends on its cause. Therefore, the sooner you figure that one out – the better. For example, if you think it’s a random little irritation – reach out for some salt water and rinse your mouth. If you think inflammation is on the rise – opt for hydrogen peroxide. Let’s look at options other than painkillers:

Salt water rinse

Add about half a teaspoon of salt to 200 mL of warm water and mix. Take the liquid and rinse your mouth with it, but don’t actually drink the mixture. This will help get rid of food that might be left in between your teeth, but can also help heal wounds and reduce inflammation.

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Hydrogen peroxide rinse

Hydrogen peroxide is basically water with an additional oxygen molecule. It’s a powerful oxidizer, but safer than most chemicals – like chlorine for example. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe way of reducing plaque and bleeding gums.

Of course, you won’t be using it as is – diluting it first is a must. You can do that by using a 1:1 ratio of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Do not swallow it – only rinse your mouth and spit it out

Cold compress

What we usually do when something hurts is – we put our hands on the painful area or lie down on the side that hurts, thinking it would help. And actually, sometimes it does – because we warm up the painful area and the pain eases. However, when it comes to tooth pain, that’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make. That is because a warm environment is a heaven for bacteria and they can spread out more and cause additional trouble.

Instead of lying on your achy face, use a cold compress. Especially if your face is swollen. A swollen face can mean serious tooth trauma or that you have an abscess which can cause a serious infection.

Grab an ice pack or a pack of frozen goods from the freezer and put it on the painful area. Keep it there for about 20 minutes and repeat every few hours. By doing that your blood vessels in the area will narrow down and make the pain more manageable. It will also reduce swelling and inflammation.

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This natural mixture can also help with toothache and inflammation. You can either break down a capsule of it or literally put a drop or two directly on the affected area.  You can do that by using a cotton ball or a cotton swab. If you decide to break down a capsule, mix the powder from it with some warm water and rinse your mouth with it. Its antibacterial features are super helpful when it comes to gum problems.

Also, propolis is super helpful in treating colds as well!

Vanilla extract

It has alcohol in it and alcohol helps – as simple as that. It can numb the pain for a while and the vanilla in it might help heal the issue. you can put a few drops on your finger and put a small amount on the painful area.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is usually used for treating digestion problems and respiratory conditions. However, it’s pretty much helpful with tooth pain too since it contains a natural antiseptic called eugenol. You can use it the same way you would use the vanilla extract and propolis – just dab it!

However, it does need some diluting with other oils like jojoba oil.

When To See A Dentist

Whenever it hurts! Sure, these home remedies will help you ease the pain or even get completely rid of it for a day or two. But, there has to be a reason it was painful in the first place and your dentist will help you find it and treat it.  Every dental problem deserves some attention and the sooner you start treatment, the better the outcome will be.

Don’t wait for the fever and pus to appear before you go to the dentist.

If you’re on the lookout for a dentist that gets you – check us out. We don’t judge, we understand your fear and we know how to help you overcome dental anxiety if there is some. Don’t be afraid to get in touch!

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How To Prevent A Toothache

By practicing good oral hygiene. Yes, we always say that but it’s the absolute truth. regular checkups like twice a year, if everything is fine, will be enough. Floss at least once a day, brush your teeth twice a day and avoid acidic food and beverages.


A toothache can cause major problems to your quality of life – no sleep, a lot of pain, and not a lot of patience for anything. That’s why the best way to avoid toothache is to take care of your teeth and have a good dentist.

However, it might happen that you just can’t go to the dentist at the moment – that’s why these home remedies are a great short-term alternative and should help you ease the pain. Still, do not rely only on that – visit your dentist on the first chance possible!