10 Secret Remedies for Tooth Pain If Dentist is Away


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This content is medically reviewed by Dr. Jasmeet Singh and written by Puneet Utreja

Last Review Date - 30th August 2020



Tooth pain is caused due to the irritation in the nerves surrounding your tooth and jaw. There are various reasons because of which tooth pain can happen, however since you or your loved ones might be already in extreme pain while you start reading this, therefore lets directly jump to the pain relief solutions, and thereafter we will discuss the various reasons for tooth pain.

It is often said, “A stitch in time saves nine”. This statement pillars its relevance when it comes to treating tooth pain because even a slight delay in dental treatment can cause you ‘an arm and a leg’.

The following remedies will help you in managing your tooth pain, while your dentist is away or the appointment with the dentist is not readily available, however, the following remedies should not be regarded as a replacement of an actual dental treatment as these will only help you in managing your pain but will not treat the root cause of the pain.

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For detailed recipes of the remedies, please read below:-



1 - over the counter pain killers

OTC Pain Killer

Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can be taken to get temporary relief until you get to meet the dentist. These pain killers block the pain message which is sent to the brain via the nerve and thereby provides relief from the tooth pain. The recommended adult dose for acetaminophen is 500 mg every 4 to 6 hours.

2 - salt water rinse

Salt Water Rinse

One of the several reasons for tooth pain is the presence of food particles that get converted into sugar in your teeth. This makes your teeth prone to a bacterial infection which converts the sugar particles into lactic acid which starts eroding your tooth and hence you start feeling the pain.

The saltwater rinse helps in neutralizing the lactic acid already present and hence prevents any further erosion of the enamel.

Note: - If you currently have high blood pressure, please do not try a saltwater rinse.

Salt Water Rinse Recipe for Tooth Pain

Salt and Water

Ingredients for salt water rinse recipe:-

  • Lukewarm water
  • Half a teaspoon of salt

How to prepare saltwater rinse?

Step 1

Lukewarm the water, where the temperature should be such that you can rinse your mouth with it

Step 2

Add half teaspoon salt in the lukewarm water and stir it properly

Step 3

Start rinsing your mouth, 10-20 times till, the pain starts fading away

3 - turmeric

Turmeric Powder for Tooth Pain

As per the research published1Nagpal, M., & Sood, S. (2013, January)                         Source-Pubmed,turmeric is known for its antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, and therapeutic properties. Turmeric acts on the bacteria and prevents its action on the tooth enamel and hence provides relief from pain.

Turmeric Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Turmeric Recipe:-

  • Turmeric
  • Mustard Oil
  • Cotton

How to prepare?

Step 1

Mix one teaspoon turmeric with mustard oil to make a paste with a thick consistency

Step 2

Take a cotton ball and rub it on the paste

Step 3

Then apply the cotton ball on the affected area where you are feeling the pain

Step 4

Keep the paste applied for 10-15 minutes and then rinse your mouth with lukewarm water

4 - cucumber

Cucumber for Tooth Pain

Cucumber has cooling as well as soothing effect and therefore it is quite useful in subsiding the pain. A research paper published in 20172Nafeesa, Z., Shivalingu, B. R., Neema, K. N., Achar, R. R., Venkatesh, B. K., Hanchinal, V., . . . Nanjunda Swamy, S. (2017, June)    Source-Pubmed talks about the enzyme ‘Cucumis Protease’ which is found in cucumber, has hemostatic activity, i.e. possess the characteristics to stop the blood flow in the pain-affected area. This helps in decreasing the tooth pain.

Cucumber Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Cucumber Recipe:-

  • 1 Cucumber
  • Pinch of lemon juice

How to prepare?

Step 1

Grate the cucumber thoroughly

Step 2

Now add a pinch of lemon juice in grated cucumber and mix it well

Step 3

Apply it on the affected area and leave it for 15 mins

Step 4

The pain will subside in 15 mins, and after that, you can rinse your mouth

5 - Clove

Clove Oil for Tooth Pain

A study published in 20163Kumarswamy, A. (2016)      Source-Pubmed says that clove has a chemical constituent called as ‘Eugenol’ that has anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic,  analgesic, and antibacterial properties. Therefore clove helps not only in subsiding the pain but also helps in treating the soreness in the gums.

Clove Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Clove Recipe:-

  • Clove buds or 3 drops of clove oil
  • Cotton
  • One teaspoon of olive oil

How to prepare?

Step 1

Take clove oil and mix it well with olive oil. If clove oil is not available, then crush the clove buds into granules and then mix it with olive oil

Step 2

Take a cotton ball and wet it into the mixture and apply it on the affected area where you are feeling the pain

Step 3

Gradually you will start feeling numbness followed by a decrease in the pain, and finally, you will get relief from the tooth pain

Step 4

After that, rinse your mouth with water.

6 - Garlic

Garlic for Tooth Pain

A study4CW;,B.I.(2005)           Source-Pubmed shows that garlic contains an active ingredient called ‘Allicin’ that has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It therefore can help in relieving the tooth pain.

Garlic Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Garlic Recipe:-

  • 2 Buds of Garlic
  • Pinch of pepper and salt

How to prepare?

Step 1

Fetch 2 buds of garlic and grind it with pepper and salt

Note: If you have high blood pressure, avoid putting salt in it

Step 2

Take the mixture and put it on the affected area. Gradually, you will feel a decrease in pain

Step 3

After the pain fades away, rinse your mouth with water

7 - Ice Pack

Ice Pack for Tooth Pain

Take an ice pack and apply it on your cheeks where, underneath, you are feeling the pain. If an ice pack is not available, then take some ice cubes and rub it in the affected area where you are feeling the pain. 

Expose the cold temperature from either the ice pack or ice cube for at least 5-10 minutes so that the affected area becomes numb. The numbness will stop sending signals of pain to the brain, and you will feel relieved from the tooth pain.

8 - Peppermint oil

Peppermint Oil for Tooth Pain

As per the study published5De Cássia da Silveira E Sá, R., Lima, T. C., Da Nóbrega, F. R., De Brito, A. E., & De Sousa, D. P. (2017, December 09)           Source-Pubmed, peppermint oil consists of menthol and L-menthol, which have an analgesic therapeutic effect. Topical application on the affected area of the tooth will subside not only tooth pain but also the headache caused by tooth pain (if any).

Peppermint Oil Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Peppermint Oil Recipe:-

  • 3 - 4 drops of olive oil 
  • 3 - 4 drops of peppermint oil 
  • Cotton

How to prepare?

Step 1

Take 3 – 4 drops of each, olive oil and peppermint oil, and mix it well

Step 2

Wet the cotton in the oil mixture and apply it on the teeth where you are feeling the pain

Step 3

Its analgesic characteristics will help relieve you of the pain in 15-20 minutes

Step 4

After that, rinse your mouth with water.

9 - ASAfoetida

Asafoetida for Tooth Pain

As per the study published6Amin, A., Tuenter, E., Cos, P., Maes, L., Exarchou, V., Apers, S., & Pieters, L. (2016, September 26)           Source-Pubmed asafoetida has antimicrobial as well as analgesic therapeutic properties, and therefore it is used to manage tooth pain. It also helps in controlling bleeding gums.

Asafoetida Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Asafoetida Recipe:-

  • A minute quantity of Asafoetida
  • 10-15 drops of lemon juice
  • Cotton

How to prepare?

Step 1

Take asafoetida and mix it well in lemon juice. To mix it well, slightly warm the mixture

Step 2

Take a cotton ball, dip it in the mixture and apply it in the affected area where you are feeling the pain

Step 3

After leaving it applied for 15-20 minutes, you would start feeling a decrease in pain

Step 4

Rinse your mouth with water

10 - Onion

Onion for Tooth Pain

A study published7Ashu Agbor, M., & Naidoo, S. (2015) Source-Pubmed shows that onion can help in managing tooth pain. Onion consists of enzymes that have antiseptic as well as antibacterial characteristics that act on the bacteria and prevent its action on the teeth.

Onion Recipe for Tooth Pain

Ingredients for Onion Recipe:-

  • One onion
  • Olive oil

How to prepare?

Step 1

Cut the onion in slices and apply olive oil on it

Step 2

Keep the onion for 15-20 mins in between the teeth, where you are feeling the pain

Step 3

Gradually, the pain will decrease

Step 4

Rinse your mouth with water

Now, since we have discussed the various ways of managing tooth pain while the dentist is away, let’s try to understand the various reasons because of which your tooth pain happens


References
  1. 1
    Nagpal, M., & Sood, S. (2013, January).
    Role of curcumin in systemic and oral health: An overview.
    Retrieved August 27, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3633300/
  2. 2
    Nafeesa, Z., Shivalingu, B. R., Neema, K. N., Achar, R. R., Venkatesh, B. K., Hanchinal, V., . . . Nanjunda Swamy, S. (2017, June).
    Procoagulant serine glycoprotease from Cucumis sativus L.: Action on human fibrinogen and fibrin clot.
    Retrieved August 28, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5447519/
  3. 3
    Kumarswamy, A. (2016).
    Multimodal management of dental pain with focus on alternative medicine: A novel herbal dental gel.
    Retrieved August 28, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4906852/
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    CW;, B. I. (2005).
    Inhibitory effect of garlic extract on oral bacteria.
    Retrieved August 28, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15892950/
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    De Cássia da Silveira E Sá, R., Lima, T. C., Da Nóbrega, F. R., De Brito, A. E., & De Sousa, D. P. (2017, December 09). Analgesic-Like Activity of Essential Oil Constituents: An Update.
    Retrieved August 28, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5751100/
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    Amin, A., Tuenter, E., Cos, P., Maes, L., Exarchou, V., Apers, S., & Pieters, L. (2016, September 26).
    Antiprotozoal and Antiglycation Activities of Sesquiterpene Coumarins from Ferula narthex Exudate.
    Retrieved August 28, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6274357/
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    Ashu Agbor, M., & Naidoo, S. (2015). Ethnomedicinal
    Plants Used by Traditional Healers to Treat Oral Health Problems in Cameroon.
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