3 Ways To Soothe A Toothache

Posted on: 28 March 2016

Few types of discomfort can be as aggravating as a toothache. Sometimes, the pain associated with the teeth can seem to come and go until proper professional treatment is received. Still, even after you have made your dental appointment, It can be difficult to endure the pain until you make it to the dental office. Here are a few home remedies and that can help lessen the pain of a toothache until appropriate dental care is received:


Using sea salt or common table salt, you can make a saltwater solution that will help relieve some of the discomfort. Place about a spoonful of salt in a cup of warm water. Mix until most of the salt dissolves. Next, swish the solution around the infected tooth until the pain starts to diminish.

A saltwater solution helps disinfect the mouth. In addition it can help lessen the swelling of the inflamed tissues associated with the toothache.

Many toothaches are caused by inflamed dental nerves. Once the interior of a tooth swells due to infection, the dental nerve contained in the soft tissue become inflamed. As the saltwater solution disinfects the area around the infected tooth, it can help lower bacterial counts and lessen the amount of swelling. Thus, it can help provide relief from the discomfort caused by inflamed dental nerves.

Pepper and Salt

A paste made of equal parts of pepper and salt can help stop a toothache. If you have a throbbing tooth, mix the pepper and salt together with enough water to form a stiff paste. You can place the paste directly onto the painful tooth to quickly alleviate the discomfort.

Oil Pulling

Using a natural oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil, you can perform the ancient Indian practice of oil pulling. Oil pulling involves the placement of about a spoonful of oil into the mouth. Once the oil is in place, you can swish it about the mouth in a manner similar to the way that you would swish with a mouth rinse. When you feel the need to release the oil, spit it into a trash receptacle. Then, rinse your mouth thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide or warm salt water to help kill residual bacteria in the mouth before brushing your teeth in your usual manner.

The oil traps oral bacteria to help minimize the number of bacteria that can contribute to a tooth infection. In addition, most natural oils, such as coconut oil and olive oil, are anti-inflammatory.

To learn more ways to soothe a toothache, consult with a dentist, such as John S. Lyon DDS.