Eleven (11) ways to stop a toothache quickly

Hello everyone!

This weekend I did not publish any blog posts or YouTube videos because I had a terrible migraine caused by wisdom tooth pain. The pain was unbearable, and I didn't do anything productive all weekend.

A toothache is a pain in and around the teeth and jaws. When you have a toothache, the trigeminal nerve can get irritated and trigger a migraine headache. If the toothache is left untreated, it can cause other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound.

If the pain lasts more than two days, it is best to see a dentist. Until then, the following home remedies may provide some relief from the discomfort. 

1. Take painkillers

Taking a painkiller can help to quiet tooth pain. Be careful and follow the recommended dosage.

2. Analgesic gel

An analgesic gel can temporarily numb the gums around your affected tooth. This will relieve the pain and let you get some sleep before you can see a dentist.

3. Elevate your head

When going to sleep, try supporting your head up with pillows or sleep upright in a chair, if possible. Lying down can aggravate your pain because blood pressure in your head increases when you are in a flat position. 

4. Warm, salt water rinse

A salt water rinse might not immediately alleviate your pain, however, it will help rinse your mouth of the bacteria that could be causing your toothache to begin with. Rinse your mouth for a couple of seconds and spit it out.

woman with a toothache

5. Cold compress

Icing your cheek on the outside of the affected tooth will numb the area and reduce the swelling causing the pain.

6. Drink peppermint tea

Drinking any tea can help soothe your aching tooth, but peppermint tea has qualities that can help numb the affected area, as well. 

7. Clove oil

Clove oil is considered nature’s analgesic. It can be used as a rinse or applied directly to your tooth. To rinse, add a drop of oil to a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash. To apply to your tooth, dilute some oil with water, place a few drops on a cotton ball, and put it on your tooth.

8. Thyme oil

Thyme oil can be used as a rinse or applied directly to your tooth, just like clove oil. 

9. Tea bags

You can apply either a cold or warm tea bag to your tooth. Make sure it has cooled down so that it is not too hot. Or try placing a used tea bag in the freezer for a few minutes, then apply it to your tooth. Like I said before, peppermint tea is especially good for toothaches. 

10. Vanilla extract

Vanilla is another natural anti-inflammatory. It can also help to numb the pain caused by a toothache. Try putting a small amount on your finger or a cotton swab and applying it to the affected area a few times a day.

11. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is thought to be anti-bacterial and has properties that contribute to pain relief. You can use wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash or chew on some raw wheatgrass.

I hope you find this helpful next time you have a toothache!

Talk to you soon.


I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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