There are many underlying causes of tooth pain. Sometimes, it might occur owing to dental reasons. At other times, it could come on suddenly due to respiratory infections, sinusitis, or trauma. In case of dental reasons, you might want to check out our article on how to cure and heal dental cavities. If these home remedies for dental decay do not help, then you might need help of a dentist. For all other tooth pain causes, try out the following home remedies to give you quick relief.
1. Treat dental pain with cloves
Cloves and clove oil are a proven remedy for dental pain of all types. Place a clove directly on the tooth that is hurting. Chew a bit on the clove to release the oil. The clove essential oil numbs up the gums and teeth and acts as an anesthetic to stop tooth pain quickly. You can also buy a bottle of clove oil to keep it on hand at home-use it for reliving tooth pain in kids that comes on suddenly.
2. Numb dental pain with tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, like clove oil, acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Take some tea tree oil on a clean, sterile cotton wool. Place the cotton on the teeth which are hurting. Keep the cotton in the mouth for at least 30 minutes. This remedy can be used for treating tooth pain after a filling or even when suffering from sinusitis infection.
3. Use activated charcoal
There is a reason why more and more toothpaste manufacturers are using activated charcoal in their dental products. Activated charcoal is a tried and tested remedy that can help stop tooth pain quickly. You can mix up the charcoal with some water to form a paste. Apply this paste all over the aching tooth to draw out infection and also numb up the area. Activated charcoal also soaks up the bacteria from the oral cavity and numbs the pain caused by dental abscess.
4. Apply vanilla extracts
Vanilla extract acts as an analgesic and stops dental pain quickly. Try to only use pure organic vanilla extract for this remedy. Take some of the extract on a clean Q tip or your finger and apply it on the painful tooth. Let it remain for 15-20 minutes before rinsing out with warm water.
5. Use salicytate herbs for tooth ache caused by colds
Salicytate herbs include herbs such as willow, poplar and oak, extracts of which are readily available in the health food stores. Apply these tinctures to the painful teeth to get immediate relief. Cow parsnip tincture is another liquid that can be applied to painful tooth to stop the pain immediately.
6. Chew on garlic cloves
The pain reliving and anti-microbial properties of garlic are very well known. Chew on a piece of raw garlic, keeping under the tooth that is hurting. The bacteria in sinus infections can also be treated by eating garlic capsules. At the first sign of infection, take 2-3 garlic capsules to stop tooth pain quickly.
7. Apply onion juice
Like garlic, you can use onion and onion juice for curing toothache. Grate the onion and apply the juice to the sinus area, temples and forehead. This will cure your cold and sinusitis quickly. Also apply the juice of onions to swollen gums to draw out the infection and quickly stop the tooth pain. This remedy is also recommended to women suffering from toothache during pregnancy.
8. Eat ginger root
Like garlic, ginger also offers anti inflammatory properties that can help stop tooth aches quickly. Eat ginger capsules or grate some ginger and add it to a cup of hot water. Drink this tea several times a day to cure sinus infections and stop tooth pain fast.
9. Take turmeric
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Drink a glass of hot milk with turmeric to prevent colds that can lead to tooth ache. Also, take turmeric capsules to cure sinusitis quickly. You can also apply a paste of turmeric and clove oil to the painful tooth to heal the pain.
10. Oregon Grapefruit tincture
Oregon grapefruit tincture is a highly effective home remedy to stop sinusitis related tooth aches. Take a few drops of the tincture as soon as you feel the symptoms of sinusitis coming on. This will cure the infection and stop dental pain quickly.
11. Treat underlying sinus infection
Infected and swollen sinuses can lay pressure on the tooth causing sudden pain. If you have other sinusitis symptoms like congestion and headache, you must treat the infection for stopping the tooth ache quickly. You can take antihistamine, decongestant tablets or pain relieving medication especially if the problem is interfering with your sleep. Also, you can inhale steam by positioning your head over a pot of boiling water. This will clear up your sinuses and relive pressure on the tooth. You can even rinse the sinuses out with a warm saline rinse to reduce pain and pressure put on the teeth.
12. Use salt water gargle
Heat up some water in a cup and add a teaspoon of sea salt to it. Use half of this water to clean out the sinuses. Use the remaining half to gargle and rinse the oral cavity. The heat from the water numbs up the oral cavity and gums while the salt disinfects the tooth and stops pain quickly.
13. Use hot or cool compress
This is especially recommended for tooth pain during pregnancy. Pregnant women must not take medicines without consulting their doctor. In such a case, home remedies are the best way to stop tooth pain caused by swollen gums, cold, sinusitis or even dental caries. Apart from applying clove oil, pregnant women can use hot compress to gently press the aching tooth. Press down gently with a warm cloth for 10 minutes on the cheek. Repeat this remedy several times a day. A cold compress can also help.
14. Treat heart condition
Referred tooth pain could even occur due to heart problems. If your tooth starts hurting suddenly after exercising, then a possible cause could be underlying heart-related condition. The best thing to do for this type of tooth ache is to take heart medication and avoid strenuous exercise.
15. Treat migraine headaches
Migraines or cluster headaches are also some of the underlying tooth pain causes. Treatment for this type of pain, including home remedies, should be directed at resolving the headaches first. You can take your migraine medication, or use behavior therapy to stop the pain. Meditating for a few minutes can help relieve stress which is often a cause of migraine pain. Sleeping in a dark, quiet room can also stop migraine and subsequently, the tooth ache.
16. Psychological issues
Many psychological factors like depression, anxiety and stress can lead to sudden toothache. You would want to treat these issues first in order to get rid of the tooth ache permanently. You must manage your anxiety or depression through counseling, behavior therapy and, in severe cases, medication. You can also use self-help therapy in the form of positive visualization, affirmations, meditation, yoga or Tai Chi.
If despite these home remedies, the tooth ache persists, or worsens, then you must seek prompt medical attention.