The first logical reaction to severe dental pain would be to see the dentist as soon as possible, however, in some cases, you can’t get to your dentist right away. You might be traveling, or not willing to experiment with another dental office. In the meantime, you need something to relieve the discomfort. Check out these dental pain mitigating tips and see which one works best for you.

Two Ways to Stop a Toothache

The first approach focuses on reducing inflammation, while the second is centered on interrupting the ‘pain’ signals from the injury to the brain. The first goal can be accomplished by applying a cold pack or a bag of frozen vegetables to the side of your face, using a piece of cloth as a comfort buffer. You can also blunt the pain signals by taking anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. Read the product label and continue taking the medication every few hours. If you stop taking the medicine the moment the pain abates, the inflammation is likely to return in a couple of hours.

Homemade Remedies

Among the easiest and the most common pain-alleviating methods is rinsing your mouth with a solution of salt and hot water to draw out the fluids from the gums that cause the irritation. Another effective solution that can be found in almost every home is a hydrogen peroxide rinse. You can use it by itself or diluted in water. A cotton ball soaked in liquor and applied to the affected area is a good way to apply this popular pain reliever, as it is swishing whiskey, scotch, or vodka. Known for its ability to reduce swelling and soreness, chewing fresh peppermint leaves can help with dental pain as well. Peppermint extract or peppermint tea can be used in the same way as alcohol, applied with a cotton ball, or by swishing.

The Nature of Dental Pain

According to Australian Dental Statistics, among people with serious oral problems, 9 out of 10 patients experience pain or discomfort. Oral pain can be caused by a variety of issues, some of which, if left unattended, might turn into complications that can lead to loss of a tooth and supporting bone. These include tooth decay, a damaged filling, infected gums, or sometimes, pain is the result of an orthodontic treatment with a fixed appliance. If the latter is the case, sometimes a less invasive orthodontic solution is called for. Already widely popular in every corner of the globe, removable clear plastic aligners are especially popular with the younger population. If you live in a wider Sydney area, check out this orthodontic clinic specialized in invisalign in Maroubra and ask for a second opinion.

Less Known Natural Pain Relievers

Not many people know that high content of citric acid and vitamin C in lemons and limes works hand-in-hand to destroy bacteria and support the immune system. Cut the fruits into slices bite through them partially to release the juice and apply it to the sore area. Cut into slices, raw potatoes can also absorb excess moisture from the inflamed area. The antiseptic properties of onions also work well in killing bacteria that cause dental pain. While not possessing the same infection-fighting properties as onions, the high liquid content and coolness of chilled cucumber can take the pain away in a pinch.

Although your number one goal might be to focus on the elimination of dental pain as quickly as possible, it’s always good to consider the cause first. Pain is the signal that our body sends to the brain to tell us that something isn’t right. These tips can help you reduce the discomfort while you’re waiting for your dental appointment.

If you continue to suffer from dental pain, then you might suffer from a more advanced issue. You should seek out a dentist that specializes in orofacial pain and TMJ treatment. If your dentist is interested in learning more, NiermanPM has many live and online courses for TMJ and orofacial pain. Contact us at if you have more questions.

Guest Author:  Georgia Selih