It seems that most toothaches happen at night, causing both pain and frustration. Toothaches are usually caused by dental problems like a cavity, cracked tooth, exposed root, or gum disease. Seeing a dentist as soon as possible to resolve the issue is the best solution. However, if you’re unable to get an appointment right away, here are some home remedies that may help.
- Laying down causes increased blood pressure to your head. Elevate your head to decrease some of the pressure, and decrease the pain along with it.
- Take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to relieve some of the pain. Avoid taking aspirin because it may increase bleeding.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water in case there is any trapped food causing discomfort. Gently floss your teeth to dislodge food particles around the aching area.
- Try placing 2-3 drops of vanilla extract on the aching tooth for instant pain relief.
- Press a hot tea bag to the tooth to relieve soreness.
- Try gargling with antiseptic mouthwash, or a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon of salt after meals and at bedtime.
- Put an ice cube on the tooth or on the nearest cheek for 20 minutes several times a day.
- Apply clove oil or an over-the-counter antiseptic containing benzocaine onto the gums or tooth. Both of these items will numb the area to provide temporary pain relief.