Relieving Toothache Pain, Part 1

Relieving Toothache Pain, Part 1

One of the most common tooth issues out there for both children and adults is a toothache, which can include symptoms ranging from throbbing pain to inflammation around the tooth and gums. There are several reasons why a toothache might begin, but they all have a common theme: They hurt a lot, and you’ll be looking for ways to dull the pain while you wait to get into our dental offices.

At Three Rivers Dental, we can help you prepare for these kinds of situations. In part one of this two-part blog, we’ll go over some of the simple home remedies we typically offer to help soothe toothache pain until our dentist is able to help.

Salt and Hot Water

This is the single most common method for removing pain in the teeth, and requires no special ingredients or processes. Simply mix one tablespoon of salt in a glass with hot or warm water, whichever you prefer. Then rinse, swish and gargle this water in the area of your toothache pain. If needed, repeat this process several times.

Salt and hot water are a known combination that helps with irritation. The combination helps remove fluids from the gums that are leading to the issue, helping relieve the pain.

Ice or Cold Compress

Another very common method of pain reduction is using ice or cold compression, and the teeth are no exception. These can be used either on the inside or outside of the tooth that’s aching.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic, meaning it helps disinfect areas of the mouth. Perhaps more importantly, though, it’s also acidic, meaning it kills bacteria that lead to toothaches. Simply soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and press it gently onto your tooth.


While this is obviously only acceptable for adults, alcohol can help kill germs plus numb your painful area. Like with apple cider vinegar, simply soak a cotton ball in a bit of whiskey, scotch, vodka or brandy and then press it to your tooth. In other cases, simply swishing some alcohol around in the area near the tooth will help.

For more on relieving toothache pain, or to learn about any of our other dental services, contact the dental offices of Three Rivers Dental today.