Whether you have agonizing tooth pain or pain in your gums from a canker sore or a gum injury (I once split my lower gums wide open while chewing on the end of a pencil) you want instant relief from the heartbeat pain and agony and you want the swelling to be gone pronto. Through trial and error, I have found these home remedies to be quite helpful with both the terrible aches and agonies for my own tooth pain from my invading wisdom teeth. Hopefully it works for you, too.
You can crush an aspirin and place it directly on the toothache. While not a completely natural remedy, it works in a pinch when you don’t want to go through the effort of creating a concoction to treat sudden or acute tooth pain. Crush an aspirin and place it directly on the aching tooth (baby aspirin is best to not cause stomach discomfort and it dissolves easiest and you can use it more often). Aspirin will help with the headache caused by the tooth pain and will also aide in relieving the pain as well. There are better remedies, but as I said this is a temporary quick fix. The worst thing about using the aspirin is the taste, which is why the cherry flavored baby aspirins are my favorite.
You can also use teething gel in a pinch as well. I would use teething gel at work for my splitting gums and growing teeth that were digging into my cheeks and causing mind-blowing pain. Teething gel won’t make you drool or talk strangely, and has a tolerable flavor, plus it’s cheap. So if you’re stuck at work all day with tooth pain teething gel can help mask it for awhile, though it doesn’t help with the swelling or headaches and lymph node pain. Another quick fix temporary solution until you can get into the dentist.
I will say teething gel is ideal for gum pain, like splitting gums or if you damaged your gums somehow doing something stupid like I did with the pencil. It helps keep you from playing with your gums with your tongue and allows it to heal.
Now for the REALLY effective toothache and gum pain remedies that work wonders. For some reason, vanilla extract (3 or 4 drops or so) right on the painful tooth gets rid of the pain. Within minutes, the pain fades. Accompany this remedy with an icepack on the cheek where the tooth is to subside swelling and keep the tooth from affecting the swelling cheek and gums.
Rinsing the mouth with whiskey or highly alcoholic beverage for 30 seconds alleviates toothache. If you live in an alcohol-free home, spray the tooth directly with perfume or cologne as they are high in alcohol content. Make sure to spit it out. This numbs the pain and kills bacteria that are likely affecting your tooth.
Try oregano oil directly on the tooth. It’s a natural antibiotic and kills the pain immediately. You can place a few drops of oregano oil mixed with olive oil (to ease taste) on the tooth every few hours to ease the swelling, pain and infection until you can get to a doctor.
Boil peppermint leaves or swish peppermint tea with a teaspoon of salt in your mouth. The peppermint has a cooling property to cool your pain and reduce swelling, and the salt attacks infection and bacteria. This remedy is great for toothaches and works wonders for gum sores. Drinking peppermint tea with a dash of salt is OK too, but I like swishing it with salt and drinking peppermint tea without salt afterwards for the calming effects.
Place raw onion or garlic directly on the tooth. Natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.
I like almond extract placed directly on the tooth. It draws out the pain immediately and I only have to reapply every 4 hours or so. It works the best for me, and even taking almond extract in a cup (2 teaspoons to a cup of water) and swishing it in my mouth alleviates my pain immediately and gets down into the cheeks where the pain is acute and I can’t reach it due to swelling.
Sitting up and applying an icepack appears to work more effectively than lying down with an icepack in relieving tooth and gum swelling quickly. Though you want to lay down for comfort, it pools the blood to your face and takes away the effect of the icepack. I like to prop my neck on a pillow so I’m partially lying down and apply an icepack for 15 minutes at a time to treat swelling. For sensitive skin, place a thin cloth between the skin and the icepack to prevent irritation from the cold. Massaging the swelling area afterward with your fingertips in a circular motion (I like to use the vanilla extract as an oil) helps the swelling as well. Vanilla extract has that pleasant scent and I believe it must absorb into the skin because it helps the swelling’s pain, too.
For an abscessed tooth, you can draw out the abscess and relieve the pain and swelling with teabags. I place them in the freezer first for that cool relief. Any teabag will do (I like peppermint).
Remember, these are treatments to ease your toothache until you can get into a dentist. You don’t want to let gum or tooth disease go unattended and damage your health as a result. While these remedies provide temporary relief to get you through your day without popping Tylenol all day with no relief, you should still see your dentist for acute tooth or gum pain to get rid of the problem for good.