Cloves, salt water, and ice are used to treat a toothache at home. Typically, a toothache indicates an infection that should be evaluated and treated by a dentist as soon as possible to prevent more serious problems from developing.
Clove oil, powdered cloves or whole cloves are used to temporarily numb the pain of a toothache. When using clove oil, place two drops of the oil on a cotton ball, and place the cotton ball inside the mouth on the affected area. Powdered and whole cloves can be placed directly on the affected area for pain relief.
Warm salt water removes food particles that may cause irritation and dries some of the fluid around the affected tooth. To use salt water to relieve a tooth pain, mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of boiling water, and allow the mixture to cool. Swish the salt water in the mouth for 30 seconds. Do not swallow the salt water, and repeat the procedure as needed.
The pain and swelling associated with a toothache can be reduced by placing an ice pack on the affected cheek. Do not eat or drink sugary foods until the toothache is evaluated by a dentist, and follow your usual oral care routine while treating the toothache.