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How to Use Home Remedies to Temporarily Soothe a Toothache

By Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017

How to Use Home Remedies to Temporarily Soothe a Toothache. There are not many things in life that are worse than a toothache. When a toothache strikes, you need to ultimately see a dentist to resolve it but there are home remedies that can help you temporarily soothe the pain of a toothache while waiting for an appointment. Some of these are readily available at home or can be acquired easily and can be done individually as well as together.

Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater can help immensely with a toothache. It may help to dislodge a piece of food that is stuck in between teeth causing pain or may temporarily help with toothache by disinfecting the mouth. Swish room temperature saltwater made with warm water and sea salt and spit as often as needed until you can get to the dentist. Sea salt has more beneficial minerals than iodized table salt. Warm water will help to both dissolve the salt and will also feel more comforting than the shock of cold water on a sore or sensitive tooth.

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide as a rinse. Do not swallow it. You will feel a strong bubbling sensation but this will disinfect your mouth. It can also have a bleaching effect and help brighten your teeth.

Rub the sore spot with your finger or a cotton swap dipped in cloves, clove oil, vanilla extract or almond extract if you have them. This can create an analgesic effect and give you substantial relief.

Swish whiskey around in your mouth without swallowing. Whisky can numb the pain of your teeth and gums and provide a disinfectant action like saltwater's or hydrogen peroxide's.

Eat yogurt. Yogurt's healthy bacteria can help soothe mouth pain and clear up sores in the mouth.

Floss your teeth gently to dislodge any food that might be hitting a nerve between teeth or causing discomfort.

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