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Emergency Dental Pain Relief

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | June 28th, 2016

Dental emergencies seem to have a tendency to occur at the most inopportune times. Dentistry For You strives to provide out patients with emergency services outside of normal business hours whenever possible. In the event you are unable to get to our office immediately, the following home remedies will help to temporarily ease the pain. Using common household items you can relieve the pain until you are able to get professional care.

Citric Acid and Vitamin C

The citric acid and vitamin C in lemons and limes can provide pain relief from a toothache. The high amounts of vitamin C and citric acid works to support the immune system and destroy bacteria. For this method cut the fruit in slices, squeeze gently or bite to release the juice and place or rub the juice on the sore tooth or sore area of the mouth.

Roots and Leaves

Certain roots and leaves including garlic and ginger root and peppermint and plantain leaves can help reduce pain. Roots have antibacterial properties and leaves have an anti inflammatory agent.

Chew a piece of ginger root to reduce mouth pain.

Garlic must be crushed and made into a paste before being applied to the affected area. Add rock salt to the garlic paste for additional pain reducing properties.

Peppermint and plantain leaves must be chewed to release their anti inflammatory properties and then be placed on the sore tooth or affected area to provide relief.

Use Oils to Reduce Pain

Clove oil, nutmeg oil, oregano oil, sesame oil, and tea tree oil contain anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The oil may be applied directly to the tooth with a cotton ball or cotton swab. As an alternative mix a small amount of oil with water to make a mouth rinse.

Salt and Warm Water Rinse

Stir one tablespoon of salt into a glass of warm water, when salt is dissolved gargle or rinse the mouth with the solution to ease pain. The salt water solution relieves pain by drawing out irritation causing fluids from the gums reducing the discomfort associated with toothaches. This is an old home remedy that can also be used for sore throats and canker sores.


Natural pain remedies provide quick but temporary pain relief. Unless the dental problem is promptly treated the pain will continue to get worse. We provide these pain solutions only as a stop gap solution and should not be used as a substitute for professional care by your dentist at Dentistry For You.

The professional staff at Dentistry For You clinic in Thornhill take all dental emergencies seriously don’t hesitate to call us at 905.731.1871 to get immediate dental care when an emergency situation occurs.