Whether your baby is supporting the growth of their first tooth or an adult who is with a broken tooth, tooth pain can make a person feel miserable. Consult a dentist about any toothache or gum problem, but if the pain wakes you up in the middle of the night or you hit a weekend when you can not visit your dentist, home remedies can help you relieve pain until you can see a professional.
A cold teething ring or a frozen towel can help relieve the pain of a child who is going through teething. Damp a rag and put it in the refrigerator, then fold it against the child’s gums or let it chew. Always supervise chewing process to make sure they will not drown.
We recommend rinsing with warm salt water to relieve sore teeth and gums. Mix 2 tablespoons of salt in a cup of hot water and stir to dissolve. Place this solution in the mouth until cool. Spit it out and take another bite until you have used all the water. Do not swallow because it could break your stomach.
Rubbing cloves oil (eugenol) on the tooth or gum can temporarily numb the area and relieve pain. Apply oil to the tip of your finger or a cotton ball and rub it on the area of pain. The oil also numb tongue, therefore, be careful to apply it only to the affected area and avoid biting your tongue. You can buy clove oil in a pharmacy.
The counter painkillers such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen taken by mouth may help relieve pain. Never place any of these directly on the tooth or gum pain because they could burn oral tissue.
You can buy mouthwash or mouth ointments containing anesthetics such as benzocaine or lidocaine to numb the pain or aching tooth or gum. Follow package instruction to rinse your mouth or apply the solution to your gums.