At Scott W. Grant DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, some of the most common issues we see for patients of all ages are toothaches. Sudden toothaches can be very painful and require dental care, and our family dentist is here to provide this whenever necessary. At times, you may have to look for temporary ways to relieve pain from a toothache while you wait for your appointment. Here are some tips we can offer on home methods to reduce pain.

Salt and Hot Water

This is the simplest and most common method for reducing tooth pain. Simple take some salt and stir it into hot or warm water – this will draw out fluid from gums that’s causing irritation while reducing aching. Repeat the process more than once if needed.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This is a simple ingredient that can be used either on its own or diluted in water. Simply gargle the solution and then spit it out, repeating if needed.


Particularly if there’s any swelling involved, using ice or another form of cold compress on the inside or outside of the mouth can help with a painful tooth.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This solution has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, and it’s also acidic – this means it kills bacteria that lead to toothaches. Soak a cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar and press it lightly on the affected tooth.


This is obviously not for children, but using a little alcohol on a cotton ball can help numb the area around the tooth and reduce pain.

Extracts or Oils

There are several extracts or natural oils you can consider here. Peppermint is known to reduce swelling and soreness, and it can be used in multiple forms. You can also look at extracts like vanilla, almond or lemon, all of which will provide temporary pain relief when applied to a cotton ball. There are also numerous natural oils that provide pain relief, including sunflower oil, sesame oil, oregano oil and more.

Leaves, Roots and Other Alternative Measures

Finally, you can consider natural remedies like plantain leaves, ginger root, and garlic, all of which lower pain levels. Citrus, potatoes, onions, cucumber, and turmeric all also may have an effect. For more on relieving toothaches at home, or to find out about any of our family dental servicesspeak to the staff at Scott W. Grant DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today.

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