6 Effective Tricks to Relieve a Toothache at Home

Clinical review: Manuel Reis
Registered Nurse
  1. Floss and brush teeth
  2. Rinse with warm saltwater
  3. Apply clove oil
  4. Rinse with ginger tea and propolis
  5. Apply ice
  6. Take OTC medication

Before trying to use any strategy to relieve a toothache at home, it is very important to try and identify a possible cause. A mild toothache normally happens due to the accumulation of food particles between the teeth, but it can be a sign of a more serious problem, like tooth decay or periodontitis.

Therefore, when the pain is very frequent or when it does not go away, it is recommended to consult a dentist as soon as possible, so that the correct cause can be identified and the treatment started.

Here are some tips that can help to relieve toothache at home:

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1. Floss and brush teeth

Flossing is important to remove any food residue that can be stuck between the teeth, as accumulated food particles can cause the area to become inflamed and painful.

After flossing, it is also recommended to brush your teeth carefully using swiping motions away from the gum line. Avoid applying excess pressure to any sensitive areas. 

2. Rinse with warm saltwater

A warm saltwater rinse can help cleanse the oral mucosa to prevent any foreign microorganisms to develop and cause an infection.  To complete this rinse, simply dilute one teaspoon of salt in one cup of water and gargle the mixture for 30 seconds every hour.

3. Apply clove oil

Clove oil has potent analgesic and antibacterial properties that can help fight infections that are developing, relieving pain and inflammation. Simply apply two drops of this oil directly on the inflamed tooth or on a cotton swab to remain on the tooth. This can be done three times a day. Another option is to chew on a clove using the affected teeth. 

4. Rinse with ginger tea and propolis

Ginger tea has calming and anti-inflammatory properties, while propolis has healing and antibacterial agents. Together they are able to help relieve pain and cleanse the inflamed area.

Add 5 drops of propolis for each cup of ginger tea, and use this to rinse your mouth twice a day.

5. Apply ice

To help ease pain faster, you can also place an ice-pack to your face, near the sore area. Ensure you cover the ice-pack with a clean cloth so you don’t burn the skin. The ice should stay on for 15 minutes and can be repeated three times a day.

6. Take OTC medication

If none of the natural options work, OTC medications may be the only solution. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medication, such like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, are commonly used to alleviate tooth pain. However, OTC medication should only be used by adults and for a short period, preferably under the guidance of a physician.

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Edited by Tua Saude editing team in April 2022. Clinical review completed by Manuel Reis - Registered Nurse in April 2022.

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Clinical review:
Manuel Reis
Registered Nurse
Manuel graduated in 2013 and is licensed to practice under the Ordem dos Enfermeiros de Portugal, with license #79026. He specializes in Advanced Clinical Phytotherapy.