Home Remedies For A Toothache – DIY Or Dental Treatment?

Excerpt: If you have a toothache that lasts more than one day you should immediately see a dentist...
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If you have a toothache that lasts more than one day you should immediately see a dentist. Toothache symptoms can be miss-diagnosed by people for a couple of possible causes including, but not limited to:

  • Tooth sensitivity – It may be temporary and can happen for no reason.
  • Gum disease – Can be reversed at home if it is caught early enough.
However, if the ache or pain is ongoing and does not go away in 12-24 hours, there is a good chance it will not get better on its own. Even if you manage to prevent the pain symptoms from affecting you, this does not mean it has gotten better. Tooth decay is generally irreversible and unless it is a minor cavity, may eventually result in a dental abscess, which can be a serious, life-threatening issue!
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Can You Treat A Toothache At Home?

If it is caused by dental decay, the answer is no. You may be able to stop the pain, but you are probably not fixing the actual issue that caused the problem to occur. However, if you cannot get to the dentist in a timely manner, or a dentist appointment is not in your budget, there are definitely a few things you can try to make the pain more reasonable.
If the pain is unbearable or it prevents you from doing your daily activities, please immediately seek professional help as this is a serious concern.

At Home Treatments For A Toothache

Here are a few different treatment solutions you can try if you are managing the pain:

Salt Water Rinse

A saltwater rinse is an effective first-line treatment for many people because salt water is a natural disinfectant, it helps remove food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth, and can also help reduce inflammation and heal wounds. To use this approach, mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective mouthwash that can help relieve pain and inflammation and kill bacteria. Diluting the hydrogen peroxide is key to ensure it doesn’t harm your body. Adding the hydrogen peroxide to three parts of water, add water first then the hydrogen peroxide, and use it as a mouthwash. The hydrogen peroxide should stay in your mouth for ten seconds before spitting it out. 

Cold Compress

When you apply a cold compress, it causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This causes pain to be less severe. The cold can also reduce any swelling and inflammation. For 20 minutes at a time, hold a towel-wrapped bag of ice to the affected area. Repeat this every few hours.

Elevate Your Head

The pain may be caused by too much pressure on that area, if you are laying down to sleep or rest, try to keep your head elevated above the rest of your body. You can use pillows, clothes, or bedsheets to do so. 


The garlic clove is a natural pain reliever that can also kill harmful bacteria that cause dental plaque. It has antimicrobial properties as well. You may want to apply crushed garlic to the area yourself, or you can grind fresh garlic into a paste and apply it with a tiny bit of salt.

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