A toothache is one of those things that creeps up on you when you least expect it. Dealing with painful toothache can feel like your life is suddenly in ruins, yet it's something that can easily be avoided and eased thanks to simple home remedies.

Why do my teeth hurt

The main cause of toothache pain is either sensitivity through gum loss, which is a consequence of gingivitis and periodontal disease. The more bacteria that embed themselves deep into your gum line, the more they eat away and shrink the bone mass surrounding the teeth which eventually lead to tooth loss.

As the gums pull back from the tooth, it exposes more of the tooth's enamel. The tooth then becomes increasingly sensitive the closer to the root it gets – so the more sensitive to hot and cold the teeth become, the more gum mass is lost.

An open cavity is also a major cause of toothache pain. Not only is it exposed to microbes and air but it is also vulnerable to infection.

Home remedies for tooth nerve pain

Thankfully, there are natural toothache remedies that can be made from inexpensive ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen that you can put to immediate use for the quick pain relief! So powerful are some of these remedies that they have proven to be very effective for centuries.

Salt water solution for toothache

1. Salt water solution

One of the best of these home remedies and certainly one of the least expensive to soothe a raging toothache is a salt water solution. Salt and water are also always immediately available wherever you go. Salt water can have an osmotic effect on your teeth, so it tends to be absorbed through the surface lining, soothing the pain and removing offending bacteria from your teeth. Salt acts as one of the best ways to avoid and prevent toothaches in that it acts as an effective astringent. It disinfects your mouth and teeth very quickly.

You can also use warm salt water then rinse your mouth afterward with a product like Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash. This can be an effective means of taking the pain away in minutes.

tea tree oil for tooth pain

2. Tea tree oil

Another effective method to relieve toothache is essential oils. They alleviate many common and annoying ailments. One of the top natural essential oils to treat toothache is tea tree oil. The oil found in tea tree contains an antibacterial component and next to salt water solution, is said to be the second best method for tooth and gum pain.

You simply apply the oil directly to the affected teeth or gum. Or, you can rinse your mouth with water and tea tree oil. However, make sure that you use organic tea tree oil because non-organic varieties can contain high levels of toxic pesticide residues.

As mentioned there is a host of very powerful and effective home remedies for a toothache, most of which are easily discovered by searching the Internet.

gum massage and cold compress for tooth pain

3. Gum massage and cold compress

After you brush, you can try to massage your gums. If you have swollen gums and cheeks, you can also use a cold compress on your cheek to stop a toothache fast at home.

Garlic or cloves for toothache

4. Garlic or cloves

Garlic can be a great toothache pain relief home remedy. When you have a tooth cavity, simply peel and crush a clove of clean garlic and place it in the cavity of your tooth. A handy trick is to combine the garlic with peanut butter to have it stick on your tooth. If garlic seems too much for you to handle, opt for cloves. All you have to do is chew the cloves or rub clove oil to the tooth that's aching. You can repeat this treatment 2-3 times but be careful not to overdo it because clove oil may also damage your teeth.

Toothache in children

If your child is experiencing tooth pain, there are a few things you can watch out for if trying out the more simple home remedies like a salt water solution don't seem to cut it. Watch out if their tooth pain lasts more than two days, if they develop a fever, high temperature or red gums, tend to bleed when they eat or even if their jaw or cheeks are swollen. Seek medical attention straight away should you notice any of these symptoms (1).

When to visit the dentist for a dental exam

If you are suffering from pain, cannot apply any pressure, have a fever, find or see pus around the tooth, feel swollen you may have an infection. Should you think you may have a cavity or dental abscess or a pocket of infection, you should have your teeth evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist may fit you for a mouth guard or treat you with anti-inflammatory medications.

What happens when I visit the dentist for a toothache?

To treat your toothache, your dentist will first need your medical history and do a physical exam to figure out the pain level and symptoms you are experiencing. They'll ask questions like when the pain started, where it's located, how severe it is, and what has helped you ease the pain of a toothache so far at home. Overall, your dentist will examine not just your teeth, but your gums, jaw, tongue, ears, nose and throat too. If they see any issues, they may want to do x-rays and other tests to rule out any further serious issues as well as come to a conclusion about what's causing your tooth pain.

So, if you find that your discomfort and pain from toothache persists, seek the help of a dentist for further help. We're sure that these natural home remedies will do wonders in the mean time!

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1. NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/toothache/

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