A toothache may start out as a dull throb, but it can become excruciating quickly. If you can’t get into your dentist immediately, you’ll have to find a way to relieve the pain until the root of the problem has been fixed. General pain relievers can help, though for many, they don’t fully fix the pain. To treat an aching tooth, try some of these remedies.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is used as a type of antiseptic to alleviate inflammation and pain. Some people think that hydrogen peroxide is used only for skin, but it can also be used as a type of mouth rinse as well. Not only will it help dull the ache, but hydrogen peroxide can also kill bacteria, significantly reduce the build-up of plaque and heal your gums.

However, one thing that you must always do before using peroxide as a mouth rinse is dilute it first with water. Mix two parts water with one part household hydrogen peroxide, and swish it around like a mouthwash. This will kill the bacteria around your painful tooth and minimize inflammation.

Do not swallow the rinse, because hydrogen peroxide is toxic. Household peroxide is the least concentrated strength you can buy, and swallowing a diluted mouthful probably isn’t dangerous, but it can cause a stomach ache.


While it may seem like an odd remedy, garlic is one of the best ways to help treat a toothache. In fact, garlic has been used as a source of treatment for many ailments. Like the hydrogen peroxide, garlic will kill any harmful bacteria caused by dental plaque which can help get rid of inflammation and infection.

There are two ways to use garlic as a form of treatment. You can either crush it into a paste or gently chew on the clove. You can also add a little salt to the garlic paste.

Salt Water

Using salt water as a way to get rid of a toothache is actually quite common. Even dentists use this to clean their patient’s mouths out, especially after a tooth removal. By mixing a tablespoon of salt with some warm water, it helps to draw out impurities, which may reduce inflammation. Similar to peroxide, try not to swallow it as it’s not safe and can cause an upset stomach.

Ice Packs

Lastly, using an ice pack can help reduce the pain that you experience with a toothache. These are especially useful if you have experienced any kind of trauma that would cause a toothache. Cold compresses constricts the blood vessels in the affected area, which is how it reduces the pain. In addition, using an ice pack can also help reduce any swelling.

Prevent Future Aches

Though you’ve temporarily relieved your toothache, it’s important to visit the dentist as soon as possible to fix the problem. With regular general dentistry, you can prevent future painful tooth problems. Your dentist will be able to recommend specific care instructions for your specific oral health risks.

Toothaches can happen when you least except them, so it’s important dull the pain quickly. If you do experience recurring toothaches without a known cause, contact your dentist for a comprehensive dental examination.

About the author

Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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