Peppermint tea bags and garlic may temporarily relieve tooth pain, but they are short-term solutions. The best way to reliably treat tooth pain is to have a dentist fix the underlying cause, according to AZ Family Dental.
Some toothaches can be temporary, but someone whose toothache lasts more than a day or two should see a dentist as soon as possible, suggests WebMD. Severe pain also requires a dentist, as does a fever associated with the pain.
Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, may temporarily relieve the pain, according to Orajel. There are also topical pain relievers designed for dental pain. Avoiding very hot or very cold food can help, as can avoiding using that side of the mouth.
Peppermint tea bags work because of the soothing properties of peppermint. Hold a cool bag against the tooth for approximately 20 minutes to provide short-term pain relief, suggests AZ Family Dental. To use the garlic method, either mash up a clove and some salt and apply it to the affected tooth, or simply chew a garlic clove two to three times a day. You can also put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and hold it against your tooth, but this can burn the gums.