In this post you are going to learn 15 Fast Toothache Pain Relief Home Remedies.
Having a toothache is one of the most horrible experiences that anyone can have. It can make you grouchy and keep you awake at nights. Anyone can irritate you and you wish the pain can go away as soon as possible.
So if you have a toothache pain bothering you and wonder how you can use home remedies to help you, you will love this guide.
Let’s dive right in.
This post will include
Why Is Toothache worse at night?
How Can I Sleep with a Bad Toothache?
Why Use Home Remedies
15 Home Remedies for Severe Toothache pain
How You Can Prevent Toothache from happening?
Why Is Toothache Worse At Night?
You may find that whatever toothache pain you are having, you can bite through it during the day. But when night comes, it seems to magnify and almost unbearable.
- Blood rushes to head
When you lie down, blood will rush to the head and mouth. Increased blood citrculation to your head will cause you to feel more pain.
- Less distractions
During the day, you are bogged down by distractions and activities, so your toothache pain issues can afford to take a back seat.
When night comes, activities slow down, and then your body will start to pay attention to the toothache.
Pain is caused when the pulp which is the nerve ends are sensitive to pain. It can be throbbing or it can be a dull pain that gets you down.
Most Toothaches are caused by
- Dental cavity. A cavity is commonly known as a hole in the teeth, and could be caused by poor brushing and eating habits.
- Inflammation of pulp. Pulp is the layer of nerves just under the most hardest part of the enamel. Under the enamel will be the dentin which is yellowish, and then under it will be the pulp.
- Enamel Wearing off. When you consume too many acids and sugars, bacteria in your mouth will react with these sugars and these acids will erode your hardest layer of your teeth. Over time, enamel weakens and wears off and has to take time to be remineralized.
- If you have Periodontal disease, your gums have become swollen and red, and causing pain.
- Grinding. Someone who grinds at night may wake up with stiff jaws. This contribute to some form of toothache.
- Trauma. If you have met with a physical collision, your teeth may experience trauma.
- Infection. A poorly cared for teeth can be easily infected.
- Cracked or chipped tooth. This can happen when you have bitten something hard. You can also feel the crack and chip with your tongue or have someone check for you.
Seeing a dentist is the best way to find out the causes of the pain and get appropriate treatment.
How To Sleep When You Have a Bad Toothache?
If you are nursing a toothache until you can see your dentist, here are some tips to help you through the night.
When you lie down on your head, blood will be flowing towards your head, and make
your pains more unbearable.
Blood then will not be rushing to your head and you can have less pain. This will help you have better blood circulation.
It may be uncomfortable to sleep almost with body upright, so you can hug a bolster or put some pillows to prop your knees-up as well.
Watch what you eat at Dinner
Have easy to digest meals, preferably meals without sugar and carbohydrates. This helps to lessen the acid attacks that can further harm an infected tooth.
Have an Over-The-Counter Pain Killer
Take a pain killer to help cope with the toothache so that you can at least get a good night sleep.
Brush Before You Sleep
Even though you feel pain and are tempted to skip brushing your teeth, it is very important to still keep the sore area clean as much as possible.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush gently to remove food debris.
Why Use Home Remedies
Fear of going to Dentist
You may be fearful of what kind of costs it will be, or you have a lack of dental insurance. Dental fees and treatments can be high and can be financially straining on the pockets.
You are worried that once you get on the dentist’s chair, you will be at the mercy of the dentist’s recommendation. You may have to go with what the dentist suggests without giving yourself enough time to consider other alternatives.
The long list of things to complete for the day can keep you from thinking seriously about your toothache problems. Once you can finish your work, you might have other overdue assignments or things to handle. So being busy can lead you to consider home remedies.
Securing a Dental Appointment can be months down the road.
Some dentists are very busy and to get a slot, it can take months.
If you need urgent dental service, it is likely to incur a higher cost. So you rather suffer and patiently wait for the dental appointment.
Belief in Natural Remedies
Natural Remedies have become popular because they are natural solutions without use of medications. Medications can sometimes have side effects that are not desirable especially if you are pregnant.
15 Home Remedies for Severe Toothache pain
Here are the 15 Home Remedies on how to stop tooth pain fast.
1. Salt Water Rinse.
To do this, you will need warm water and half a teaspoon of salt. Salt has disinfecting properties and help to reduce inflammation and clean up some food debris stuck in your teeth.
Warm water can also help minimize bacteria growth by cleaning out your mouth. So you can feel better.
2. Cold Compress
Wrap a towel with some ice cubes. Do not apply cold ice straight to your face as this may shock your blood cells below your skin.
Apply the homemade ice pack to your cheek outside the toothache areas about 20 minutes at a time, and you can repeat a few times.
The cold compress helps to contract the blood cells.
Using a cold ice compress. If you have swelling due to infection, instead of applying heat, use cold compress. It will cause your swelling to contract your blood vessels around the tooth nerve.
3. Peppermint tea bags
Another home remedy for tooth infection is if you drink Peppermint tea bags, you can keep the used peppermint tea bags in your freezer.
Then take it out and apply to the sore toothache.
4. Chamomile tea bags
Chamomile tea bags also work. Use it with hot water instead of freezing it.
Ingredients from the Kitchen
Make a ginger paste by smashing a small piece of ginger. Ginger works well to reduce swelling and has many wonderful antibacterial properties.
To sooth a tooth nerve, pound some garlic and chew on it. Or dab a cotton ball in garlic oil and apply to the toothache area.
I found an amazing website that actually list this as an effective way to reduce toothache.
Mash some blueberries into a paste and apply it to the affected area.
8. Coconut Oil – Highly recommended as a routine dental habit, this ancient method can also be used to relieve pain from toothache. Coconut Oil has lauric acid that is active to kill bacteria in the mouth so it is definitely beneficial to consider this method.
Just swish a teaspoon of coconut oil for about 20 minutes first thing in the morning. You can occupy yourself by watching YouTube or Netflix episodes while letting the oil gather the harmful substances in your mouth.
Related : Best Coconut Oil For Oil Pulling
Using virgin olive oil will also help to relieve some pain of your toothache. This has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce swelling.
Dab a cotton ball into a small bowl of olive oil and rub on your affected area.
10. Take a painkiller.
11. Baking Soda
Besides using baking soda for cleaning purposes, whitening your teeth, you can also add this to reduce your toothache. Make a paste using a teaspoon of baking soda and apply to affected area.
Honey is a natural healer for wounds in and outside of the mouth. It can soothe your gums.
Acupressure for toothache
13. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, it is believed that there are certain acupressure points where when you press on it, it can help relieve some pains of toothache.
You can refer to this website in detail.
I found another resource that uses acupressure on your thumb nail, where you can pinpoint the corresponding toothache on the chart.
Using essential oils can help you sooth your toothaches.
Choose those that you are comfortable with. Remember to follow the instructions on the bottle for diluting ratios.
14. Clove Oil – This is commonly used to manage toothache pains by numbing the area. Just dab a cotton ball with a drop of clove oil and it should help you feel better. Clove oil contains an ingredient called eugenol that diminishes pain.
15. Oregano Oil – As Oregano Oil is very concentrated, you don’t need a big drop. Just use a cotton tip and swab a small amount and then dab on your pain area. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
How You can prevent Toothache from happening
The best prevention of having toothache is better oral hygiene. This includes
Daily toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste
The first thing we learnt when we have our first teeth is to brush with a fluoride toothpaste.
We may have been doing day in and night out, sometimes so unconsciously.
So always take a check on your toothbrushing habits like whether you are using a soft-bristle, using what type of strength (gentle, not brutal) when brushing and the quality of your toothpaste.
Flossing is very important as it helps to remove plaque stuck between the teeth surfaces.
The best frequency is once a day though it can be fine to do it 3 times per week.
Related : Best Floss For Teeth
Using A Mouthwash occasionally
It is not a necessity to have a mouthwash for daily use but if you have an occasion like toothache or a quick need of fresh breath, it is a useful consideration.
Related : What is a Good Mouthwash?
Have a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals. That includes a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables. Avoid sugar snacks and treats in between meals.
Regular visit to Dentist
I explained these in details in these posts:
Having a toothache is a not so pleasant experience that you should try to avoid at all cost.
When you have toothache, It can be caused by cavity or tooth decay, infection or from injury. It will cause you to have sleepless due to blood flowing to your head at nights.
You can resort to home remedies due to its natural and safe methods to manage the episodes of pain.
These methods include warm and cold methods, tea bags, ingredients that you can find in the kitchen, accupressure and essential oils.
So have you tried any of the methods above? Let me know if any works for you, or if you have alternative ones. I love to hear from you!
READ NEXT :
After a frightening crown replacement, I have learnt to take good care of my teeth and gums using The Orawellness Healthy Mouth Blend and OraWellness Shine Remineralizing Tooth Whitening Powder to whiten my teeth.