Every day, the members of our professional dentistry team at Danville Family Dentistry, nestled in Hendricks County, do all that we can to keep our patients happy and healthy. Whether we’re providing annual dental check-ups as preventative care or helping you get back your dental health, we are able to treat every person in your family. But we all know that no matter how hard we try, lots of things in this world can’t be controlled — like an unexpected toothache.
Most of us would agree that a throbbing toothache can be horrendous. Maybe in the middle of the night, while camping in the American wilderness, you wake up with an angry jaw tooth. Or perhaps, right in the middle of a wonderful boating expedition, your mouth becomes your worst enemy. When our Hendricks County office is too far away from you, here are a few home remedies for a toothache to tide you over until you’re safe in our dental chair:

  1. Add a heaping tablespoon of salt to an eight-ounce glass of warm water, then stir until the salt dissolves. Swish the salt water around in your mouth, especially in the area where your tooth hurts.
  2. Take a big swig of brandy, scotch or whiskey. Swish the alcohol around the area where your tooth pain level is greatest.
  3. Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla extract. Hold the saturated cotton ball directly against the aching area.
  4. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of water, then stir. Swish the liquid around in your mouth.
  5. Cut a thin slice of cucumber. Make sure it is room temperature (since a hurting tooth can commonly be sensitive to cold). Place the cucumber sliver on your gum line by the hurting tooth.
  6. Chew on a clove gently to release the clove’s oil. Place the clove next to the aching area until the pain subsides (about 30 minutes).
  7. Cut a piece of raw, skinless potato. Carefully place it on the hurting gum line around your bad tooth.
  8. Dampen a Q-tip and dip it in baking soda. Very gently dab the Q-tip at the hurting tooth and gum line, leaving the paste made from the baking soda mixed with water on the tooth and gum.

To maintain good dental health and help prevent a toothache from happening in the first place, visit our Hendricks County dental practice twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings. Call us for an appointment today!