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Dr. Badwalz
22 Jul 2015

Temporary At-Home Toothache Remedies

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A Toothache Can Happen for Many Reasons

Whether it be because of an infection, gum disease, cavities, trauma, or tooth eruption (in small children) having a toothache is not fun. Here is a list of a few temporary at home ways to relieve toothaches at home. Remember that these are meant to just temporarily relieve pain. Make an appointment to see Dr. Badwalz as soon as possible!

  • Swish with Warm Water

Mix one teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Swish and rinse your mouth. This will provide some temporary relief so do this as many times as needed.

  • Cloves or Clove Oil

Cloves are a great way to help reduce pain! Place a clove inside or near the problematic tooth. The natural oils from the clove help to heal the affected tooth. Another option can be to use clove oil instead. Put some on a cotton ball/swab and place it on the tooth that hurts. You can also swish with clove oil and water.

  • Garlic

Garlic is known to have many health benefits, with one of them being pain relief! Either mash some garlic and place it on the tooth or chew on a clove directly for toothache relief.


  • Ice

Place some ice cubes in a thin cloth and press this against the outside of your check where the painful tooth is. This will numb the area temporarily.

  • Baking Soda

Baking soda is also a great way to help! Dab a wet cotton swab into some baking soda and put this mixture onto the affected tooth. Or if you would like, you can also swish with a small amount of baking soda and warm water.

  • Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract helps to numb the area where you are feeling a toothache. Dip a cotton swab in some vanilla extract and place this on your tooth.


Remember, these are just temporary ways to relieve pain for a toothache. Make an appointment to see Dr. Badwalz at Pearl Family Dentistry so he can diagnose and treats what’s wrong.


The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.

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