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A toothache can come on suddenly at any time of the day and disrupt whatever you’re doing, making it hard for you to focus on anything else. In fact, if the pain is severe, it’s classed as a dental emergency. But what if you can’t get to see a dentist right away? That’s when a few emergency toothache relief tips you can try at home will come to your rescue. 

When you have a toothache, your teeth and your jaws will hurt. The pain can be caused by several things including tooth decay, infection, and a loose filling, among other things. 

If you have a dental emergency such as a severe toothache, the team at Sandstone Point Dental will do their best to fit you in for treatment the same day. 

We understand that putting up with any kind of tooth pain can be debilitating which is why we set time aside each day for a dental emergency. Providing toothache relief and getting you out of pain is our top priority.

Meanwhile, it’s good to know some ways of relieving your pain and making it more bearable, until you can get to see our dentist. Follow these easy remedies for toothache relief.


Emergency Toothache Relief – 5 Tips to Numb the Pain 


1.Cold Therapy

If your pain is due to an injury or swollen gums, placing something cold on the affected area works well. You can use an ice pack or failing that, a bag of frozen peas will do the trick.

Place the cold object on the outside of your cheek close to the painful tooth leaving it there for a few minutes at a time. 

How does that work exactly?

Cold therapy causes your blood vessels to constrict which slows down the flow of blood to the affected area, helping reduce inflammation in the painful area. 


2. Saltwater Rinse 

Another means of toothache relief is to rinse your mouth out with warm salty water. 

This helps to dislodge any food particles which could be stuck in-between your teeth or inside cavities and possibly reduce any swelling or inflammation. 

We suggest dissolving around half a teaspoon of salt in 250 ml of warm water. Swish it around and spit it out – don’t swallow it. This can be repeated as many times as you need.

3. Garlic

Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. It contains an antibacterial property called allicin which may make your breath smell but will give you some handy toothache relief. 

You can crush the garlic in a pestle and mortar, or you could try grating it, and mix it with a little salt. Then apply it to the affected tooth.

4. Cloves

Cloves are another remedy that has been around for a long time. Simply place a clove in your mouth and hold it onto your tooth and after a few minutes, you should feel the pain reducing.

Cloves are great for relieving pain because they contain eugenol, a substance that acts as a natural anaesthetic and also has anti-inflammatory properties.

If you don’t have any cloves then you can also use clove oil. It’s very strong, so you don’t need a lot of it. Just place one or two drops onto a cotton wool ball and place in on the affected area. 


5. Peppermint tea 

Peppermint tea is a great way for you to get some relief from your tooth pain. It contains menthol which gives it its minty smell and flavour and is also anti-bacterial. 

Simply place a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves into a pot of boiling water and leave it for around 20 minutes. 

Once it has cooled down swirl the liquid around inside your mouth and spit it out. 

You could also use a warm squeezed out peppermint tea bag, holding it against the area until you feel the pain lessen. 

Another temporary remedy is to put a few drops of peppermint oil onto a cotton wool ball and hold it against the tooth


So, there you have it – 5 tips and tricks to help provide emergency toothache relief until you can get to your emergency dentist. 

The best way to avoid toothache and other dental emergencies is to have a good oral hygiene routine. You can do this by:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes
  • Flossing between and around your teeth once a day
  • Cutting back on sugary drinks and snacks
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for a dental check-up and clean 

By taking the above steps, not only will you have a bright healthy smile, but it will help you avoid infections and toothache. 


If you’re overdue a check-up, then why not schedule one in today with Sandstone Dental. Call us on (07) 5429 5628 or book an appointment online.