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What causes tooth pain and how to prevent it


Are you suffering from sharp, throbbing, or constant pain around the teeth and jaw? Does this pain keep you awake at night? If yes, then the time has come to address your tooth pain and get relief from this dental issue and suffering.

Until you visit your dentist and get your aching tooth checked, you can try some effective toothache remedies at home to alleviate the pain. In this article, we will take you through the causes and common tooth pain problems that people usually experience. Knowing these causes and remedies beforehand will help you to take care of your teeth properly.

What are the Causes Of Tooth Pain

Various factors can lead to toothache including tooth decay, a bacterial infection that can occur inside the centre of the tooth, and tooth fracture. You may also experience tooth pain if you have infected gum, or the filing is damaged. Additionally, teeth eruption or removal can also result in tooth pain. Remember, doing repetitive motions like grinding or clenching the teeth can also wear them down.

Common Teeth Pain Problems

Toothache can make you experience several dental as well as health issues. You can feel pain around your teeth or jaw area while chewing. Headaches are a common problem that come along with tooth pain. Your teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold meaning while eating hot or cold food, you might feel a sharp pain (which can last for a couple of seconds). Fever, and swollen glands and teeth are some of the other problems that come along with teeth pain. Sometimes, toothache can also result in bleeding or discharge from teeth or gum.

How To Stop Tooth Pain Fast

While suffering from severe tooth pain you can consult your orthodontist. He/she may prescribe you to take some toothache medicines like painkillers to stop the pain instantly. However, if the pain is bearable, you can try some home remedies till your next visit.

Toothache Home Remedies

There are numerous remedies for toothache that can give amazing results. Listed below are some of the effective tooth pain remedies, which you can easily prepare with ingredients present at home:

  • Cold compress: If you want immediate tooth pain relief,you can try cold compress. When you hold an ice pack or apply a cold compress against your cheeks, the blood vessels get constricted and slow down the flow of blood to the affected area. To get faster tooth pain relief, hold an ice pack for at least 20 minutes.

  • Saltwater rinse: Looking for tooth pain remedy? Rinse your teeth with saltwater. Since salt is a natural disinfectant, it can efficiently heal infection and resultant pain by reducing inflammation. Besides, salt water can help you dislodge substances that may be stuck between your teeth. Thus, by saltwater rinsing, you can reduce toothache and maintain optimal oral hygiene.

  • Clove oil: For centuries, clove has been used to treat toothache. Clove oil has the power to numb tooth pain and reduce inflammation. This oil has antibacterial properties that can combat tooth and gum infections. Wondering how to use it? Soak clove oil in a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area.

  • Garlic: Garlic can prove to be one of the most effective home remedies for toothache. Like clove, garlic also contains antibacterial properties and can fight gum infection. Take one clove of garlic and crush it, mix it with salt and apply it to the affected area.

  • Peppermint tea: Thanks to the presence of numbing agents, Peppermint can also provide relief to your toothache. To use this home remedy, take some dried peppermint leaves and boil them for 20 minutes. Strain the tea and once it’s cool, swish your mouth with it. You can swallow this or spit it out. Additionally, you can use the used peppermint tea bag (when it’s slightly warm) to alleviate tooth pain.

When To See Doctor

Tooth pain may stretch for 1- 2 days. During this time if the above-mentioned home remedies fail to provide you relief, then you must consult a doctor if:

  • Over-the-counter teeth pain medicines aren’t effective.

  • You have a high fever (Teeth infection may cause high fever).

  • You have jaw pain. Remember, if the jaw pain persists along with a clicking noise, it may indicate Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ).


Teeth pain may occur due to various reasons (tooth extraction, traumatic tooth loss, etc.) but those arising out of nowhere can indicate poor oral hygiene that needs to be taken care of immediately.

Try makeO toothsi, a brand that provides a platform to consult doctors, address your dental issues and get effective solutions. Here, you can also get top-notch treatment for tooth pain but also a comfortable cure (in the form of invisible aligners) for the misaligned teeth like crooked teeth, overbite. So, develop healthy food and brushing habits, and say no to tooth pain!

FAQs on toothache remedies

Can I get instant relief from tooth pain?

Yes, you can get instant relief from mild tooth pain by rinsing your mouth with saltwater, wheatgrass, or hydrogen peroxide first, then applying clove oil, or vanilla extract or garlic paste, and finally using an ice pack.

Does mouthwash help reduce tooth pain?

Yes, certain types of mouthwashes can help reduce tooth pain to some extent. For instance, those suffering from bacteria-related tooth pain can get effective results from an antiseptic mouthwash.

Which sleeping position is recommended to reduce tooth pain?

You must sleep with your head elevated on a thick pillow as this posture helps prevent pressure induced by blood flow in the mouth and head. Thus, by elevating your head you can reduce swelling.

How can I prevent my toothache from getting worse at night?

You can prevent toothache at night by taking painkillers, applying numbing gels, or using an ice pack.

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