6 Home Remedies for Immediate Relief from Tooth aches

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What is Tooth ache?

Toothaches are extremely painful and usually caused by inflammation in teeth, between two teeth or around the teeth. One of the most common reasons for toothaches is tooth decay also known as a cavity or an infection in teeth. We will be looking at the home remedies to get rid of tooth aches in this wellness article

What is Cavity in Teeth?

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Cavities are the permanently damaged areas in the teeth which results in the formation of tiny holes on the hard surface of the teeth. There could be several reasons for the cavity to occur but if the cavity is left untreated, it may lead also lead to tooth loss, infection, excessive pain and bad breath.

Can Cavity be completely reversed?

It is possible to completely reverse the cavity if it is detected at the early stages of demineralisation (loss of calcium minerals from teeth). But for most people cavity only matters when it starts to give pain or ache. And unfortunately, that is mostly the point from where it can not be reversed. Proper oral hygiene plays a very important role in tackling tooth decay and overall healthy teeth.

Ways to avoid Tooth aches

Here’s how anyone can avoid tooth problems by maintaining proper oral hygiene which includes

Brush regularly with fluoride toothpaste

Toothpaste nowadays mostly comes with fluoride in it so don’t hurry to pick your toothpaste and check if it contains fluoride in it or not. But what is important is that most people only brush the frontal teeth (Teeth that are visible when you smile). If you have ever noticed tooth decay usually happens in back teeth (Molars and Premolars). These are the strongest teeth and are responsible for food chewing. But while brushing we simply ignore them.

Brush all your teeth thoroughly from both sides front and back. Brushing the teeth is like polishing the ornaments so that they can shine again.

Floss your mouth regularly

Floss is another important step towards better oral hygiene and honestly, it’s kind of missing from most people’s daily routine. There are various food bacteria and plaque that gets developed in our mouth. Brushing is fine but brushing mostly targets the teeth what about other mouth parts? Floss helps in removing the plaque that is responsible for teeth enamel erosion and teeth discolouration, reduces risks of building cavities and will help to get rid of bad breath.

Drink enough Water

Drinking water cleans your teeth and mouth naturally with any effort. Thus it prevents you from getting bad breath and cleanses the left over food from your mouth or residue that any cavity-causing bacteria are hungry for.

Limit Intake of Sugar

Just like how you love to eat sugar be it chocolates or cupcakes. Similarly, bacteria in the mouth love to have sugar in their daily diet which can damage the teeth’s enamel. So you can drink water after eating sugar which will flush away the sugar remains from the mouth as well as limit the sugar intake in the long run which will increase oral health.

6 Home Remedies for tooth aches

Toothaches are very common and it’s not necessary that every time you could easily visit the doctor for it. The reason of tooth aches could be tooth decay, infection, wisdom teeth but like our ancestors have said, we usually start with home remedies. Here are 6 home remedies that would help to get rid of toothaches.

Home remedies for toothaches is only temporary solution as they could reduce the pain but does not fix the underlying problem that is causing the pain

Rinse with Saltwater

Salt is a natural disinfectant. When you rinse your mouth with salt water it helps in removing the waster residue by losing the teeth. It can also flush out the debris stuck between the teeth and reduce inflammation, giving relief from the pain.

If you make a habit to raise your mouth with salt water, it will keep the teeth and gums healthy, and prevent teeth inflammation and decay.

It is advised to warm the saltwater before rinsing as is it more beneficial and keeps the bad breath away. Add 1/2 medium-sized teaspoon of salt in warm water and use it for mouthwash.

Use Garlic paste

Garlic is a natural intoxicant and used for medicinal purposes for ages. It is used in several ayurvedic medicines because of its high antibacterial properties. It can be used in toothaches to reduce pain as it acts as a natural painkiller.

Crush the garlic clove and create a paste that can be applied to the affected area. Adding a pinch of salt to the paste will elevate its effect as a painkiller.

Ice Compress on teeth

Ice compress helps in getting relief from several types of pain and the same applies to teeth. A cold compress on the affected area helps to contract blood vessels and reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.

Hold a cloth wrapped with ice cubes to the affected area for approx. 20 minutes at a time and repeat this every few hours. It acts as an instant pain killer.

Guava Leaves

Guava leaves contain Quercetin which is a strong antioxidant. It comes with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You can simply wash the leaves and chew them or boil the guava leaves in water and use it as a mouthwash.

Guava leaves as a home remedy help fight infections and kills germs. The leaf juice can provide relief from oral ulcers and bulged gums.


Cloves are full of antioxidants that have the ability to eradicate the free radicals which damage the body cells. Just chewing clove can wipe out all types of oral diseases.

Cloves also contain a very strong anaesthetic property known as eugenol which works similarly as an antiseptic to fight against bacteria that causes infections. This is why cloves are so effective in fighting cavities and are often added to oral products such as toothpaste and mouthwash.

Take 3 to 4 cloves and keep them in your mouth as close to the sore area as possible near your teeth and gums. Chew it lightly so that its extract will be released over the affected areas.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is used to treat small cuts and burns in our bodies. Studies have shown that the natural antibacterial qualities of aloe vera can kill the germs that cause tooth cavities.

Aloe vera has a compound called anthraquinone which acts as an anti-inflammatory that kills the micro-organisms which are responsible for tooth decay.

It is also believed that regularly washing your mouth with Aloe vera juice can also treat mouth ulcers.

Cut and clean the piece of fresh aloe-vera and rub it on the impacted area of your mouth.

Is Home Remedy safe for All Type of Tooth Pain?

Home remedy are natural remedies that does not comes with any side effect so it is completely safe for an adult as well as children. Although applying Home Remedy may cause temporary discomfort but can works effectively as an Instant Tooth pain relief.

How Long it takes for Home Remedy to stop Tooth Pain?

Home Remedies can take sometime to show its effect on tooth pain as compared to an over the counter drugs. So even after applying Home Remedy, if the tooth pain continues for few more hours. It is best to consult the doctor or switch to painkiller.

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