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What’s an Emergency Toothache Relief?

What’s an Emergency Toothache Relief?

by Azka Munir · February 4, 2022

What to do when your tooth suddenly aches in the middle of the night? You can’t go out to the dentist immediately so all you can do is to search for an emergency toothache relief.

Some of these are present right in your home.

They can soothe the pain by numbing it. Let’s find out how.


Home Remedies

The easiest things to reach out to immediately are the solutions present in your home.

Some vegetables, spices or teas can provide instant relief.

They will temporarily numb the pain so that you can rest for now and then later consult your dentist.

clove oil

Emergency Toothache Relief Remedies


When you crush, chop or chew garlic cloves, it releases compound allicin.

This is present in small quantities and released in fresh garlic.

It is an antibacterial and antimicrobial compound.

Allicin targets the bacteria behind your toothache.

The bacteria can cause cavities and gum disease.

This is why killing the bacteria inside your mouth will help to get rid of the toothache temporarily.

Simply peel a clove of garlic and place it in your mouth to chew and hold it in place.

Or you can crush the garlic cloves with the back of your spoon and add some salt to it for an added effect.

Place this mixture on a cotton swab and put it in the area that hurts.

This brings us to…

emergency toothache relief salt water rinse

Salt Water Rinse

Salt is an antiseptic.

Hence, it can work on the pain by reducing inflammation.

Mix half a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water and rinse your mouth thoroughly with it for 30 seconds.

Next, spit it out and repeat once later in the day.

First, it will wash away all the stuck particles in cavities or between your teeth by loosening them.

Then its antiseptic properties will heal sores and ulcers while also resulting in healthy gums.

What’s more, the inflammation and swelling will be considerably reduced.

Other Home Remedies

Peppermint Tea

If you are a tea lover, there must be a teabag of peppermint tea in your kitchen cabinet.

This tea has antimicrobial properties, because of menthol, therefore, it can kill the bacteria present inside your mouth causing decay and pain.

Simply boil water and add peppermint leaves inside for 20 minutes.

Then strain the leaves and let the tea cool for a while.

Rinse your mouth with it.

You may also simply put the teabag in your mouth in wet and damp conditions to soothe the pain.

Or you could also add peppermint oil on a cotton ball and place it on the area that hurts.

natural emergency toothache relief


Any toothache remedy is incomplete without mentioning cloves.

Cloves are a traditional toothache remedy that works to numb the skin, hence, reducing the pain felt.

They contain eugenol.

This compound is anti-inflammatory as well as an anesthetic.

There are several ways to use cloves in order to get rid of the pain.

You can use:

  • Dry Cloves
  • A paste of cloves
  • Clove oil

Simply put dry cloves in the affected area and chew them a little to release the oil containing eugenol.

Hold it in place for about 30 minutes.

Moreover, make a paste by grounding cloves and adding olive oil and water to it.

Apply the paste to the area that hurts by soaking it in a cotton ball.

Similarly, add a few drops of clove oil to the cotton ball and place it on the tooth.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel can ease symptoms occurring due to gum disease.

It is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

Hence, if the toothache emerges from periodontitis, it can help to decrease inflammation.

Use an aloe vera mouthwash to rinse your mouth.

That will significantly decrease irritation and the pain felt in your mouth.



Home remedies may not always provide an instant solution.

In that case, you may want to use some over-the-counter medication so that the pain lessens immediately.

These include medication as well as gels and drops.

numbing gel

Emergency Toothache Relief Medication

Toothache Drops and Gels

Medicated drops and gels for the specific purpose of toothache help to reduce the pain.

This is because they contain benzocaine.

Benzocaine is an anesthetic that numbs the pain.

Hence, you can use these topical treatments in an emergency to reduce the sharp, intense pain till you book the dentists’ appointment.

medicines for emergency toothache relief


Other than topical treatment, medicines such as pain killers can give you some relief.

These include NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.

They work on the inflammation to reduce it and as a result, soothe the pain.

However, remember that taking ibuprofen for an extended time period can lead to problems in the liver, stomach and kidney.

Other than NSAIDs, you have Acetaminophen.

It can be a replacement for NSAIDs and provides some relief temporarily.

However, taking too much Tylenol is again not great for your liver.

So consult your dentist soon to resolve the problem causing the toothache.


You will get proper fillings at your dentist’s clinic, however, you can get temporary ones over the counter.

These are essentially repair kits for your existing fillings.

If your fillings have a loose cap or you want to soften the edge of a lost filling, these can come in handy for temporary relief.

However, just like every other instant solution, they will not last long.

Hence, you should hurry to replace these temporary ones with a permanent dental filling.

In the meanwhile, you can use the home remedies as well as follow some practices to reduce the pain.

By following these practices, you can ensure that you do not feel as much pain.

Let’s find out about them more below!


Practices: Do’s and Dont’s

While you are already suffering in pain, there are some practices you can adopt the alleviate the pain.

Similarly, there are certain habits that you should avoid that may elevate the hurt.

Without further ado, let’s dig deeper into the Dos and Don’ts of Emergency Toothache Relief.

ice pack

Do’s of Emergency Toothache Relief

Raise Your Head

While you are sleeping, raise your head with the help of several pillows.

This helps to reduce swelling as it reduces the pressure of blood flow to your mouth and head region.

Thus, there is less inflammation and as a result, less toothache felt.

treating pain in teeth

Using Cold Therapy

Cold therapy using ice helps to constrict the blood vessels.

Thus, it slows down blood flow to the painful area.

As a result, there is less inflammation in the area, hence, less pain.

Simply put some ice cubes in a towel or a plastic bag.

Apply it to that area that hurts, usually outside the cheek, the jaw or face.

Keep doing so again in 15-minute intervals.

It is especially helpful when there is facial injury or swollen gums.

This will help you in managing the pain as the inflammation reduces.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

You may not have a hydrogen peroxide rinse present at home but you can make one.

Mix one part of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts of water and rinse your mouth with it.

A safer way is to get a commercial mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide as an ingredient.

Either way, swish it in your mouth thoroughly for 60 seconds and then spit it out.

Remember to not swallow it.

Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent that helps in the whitening of teeth but also reduces gum inflammation.

Hence, you can use a commercial hydrogen peroxide rinse as an additional remedy until you meet your dentist.

While you wait, do not forget to use ice packs and elevate your head to reduce inflammation.

emergency toothache relief don'ts

Don’ts of Toothaches

When you are already in pain avoid the following:

  • Crunchy foods and sticky ones can damage teeth. They can stick to your teeth and are harder to chew when the teeth are in pain. Moreover, bacteria like sticky sugary foods, so there is a risk of getting cavities.
  • When you are having pain, do not brush your teeth harshly. Keep up with brushing and flossing using them harshly will only harm the already sensitive teeth.
  • Avoid sugary, hot, or cold foods as they can increase your tooth sensitivity. They are already in a sensitive position if your nerves are exposed
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco during this time. While you should quit the two completely, they are especially bad at this time because tobacco can rot teeth and smoking can cause tooth decay. Hence, both will exacerbate your pain.
  • Don’t drink alcohol. It dries your mouth and that gives a chance to bacteria to grow inside your mouth causing decay and more pain.

If your pain does not subside, consult your dentist immediately.

It may also depend on what caused your toothache to begin with.

If it is an injury, then you may not want to wait longer for treatment.

dental checkup

Consulting the Dentist

A toothache can happen because of:

  • sensitive teeth because of poor oral hygiene
  • tooth injury or facial injury
  • teeth grinding and clenching
  • sinus infection or congestion because of cold and flu
  • impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth and others in the jaw
  • gum disease
  • decay and cavities

Your teeth can pain suddenly because of any of these reasons.

However, in all of these, it will keep hurting till you reach out for professional care.

When you have a toothache in the middle of the night, you can reach out the emergency relief supplies such as medicines and home remedies.

Though, all of these will just give you temporary relief.

Even if you make do with the remedies, there are certain situations where you should no longer wait for a dental checkup.

Visit Your Dentist When:

  • your face is swelling, including your mouth
  • you have mouth sores that do not heal
  • your gums bleed and are swollen
  • you have broken teeth, fillings and cracked tooth
  • there is tooth pain
  • there is a sharp pain while you eat or drink


Consult your dentist whenever you see any of these symptoms.

While every toothache signals a dental problem that needs a proper checkup, you can soothe your pain immediately with these emergency toothache relief remedies, medicines and practices.

Still, do not wait longer to visit your dentist because your oral health problem can become worse over time resulting in severe pain and costly treatments.

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