post-oral-surgery-300x199When you are experiencing tooth pain nothing else seems to matter. Even as an adult, throbbing along the gum line can be extremely distracting, causing you to have difficulty focusing on work, conversations people are having with you, and more.

It’s important that any time you experience tooth pain you make an appointment with your dentist. If you haven’t been to see a dentist in many years, that tooth pain is indicating it’s well past time. In the meantime, though, here are a few home remedies that can actually make a difference and reduce the pain you’re feeling in your gums or teeth.

Home Remedy #1: Pay attention to what you drink.

If you drink soda, coffee, or other potentially harsh beverages it’s time to stop and drink water instead. Those beverages, especially soda can be abrasive to your teeth and it can exacerbate the pain you’re feeling.

Home Remedy #2: Dip a cotton ball in clove oil.

This may seem like one of the remedies your mother had offered you when you were a child with a toothache, but it can work. This homespun remedy relies on the natural analgesic properties contained in the oil of clove buds.

You can find clove buds or the oil necessary for this at many local pharmacies.

Home Remedy #3: Rinse with warm salt water.

The mineral component of saltwater offers numerous healing properties. While it can be dangerous to ingest saltwater because it helps to elevate blood pressure, if you take a little bit and rinse it in your mouth and then spit it out, this can help to alleviate some of the toothache pain you are experiencing.

Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of salt to a regular glass of drinking water.

Keep in mind none of these home remedies are designed to keep you from having to visit your dentist. Tooth pain is a clear sign your long overdue for a checkup and some dental work.