Home remedies for toothache pain include clove oil, cough drops, a warm tea bag, peppermint tea and salt water. Other remedies are massaging the hand with ice, flossing and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide.
Eugenol, a chemical component of clove oil, contains antibacterial and anesthetic qualities. Mix three drops of clove oil with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil, and soak a cotton ball in this mix. Place the cotton ball near the site of pain, keeping it in place as long as it feels effective. Whole cloves work too. Whole cloves need to be sucked on and bitten to release their oil. Best Health Magazine recommends making a paste of powdered ginger and red pepper with a few drops of water as an alternative to clove oil.
Cough drops typically contain menthol, which acts as an anesthetic, so sucking on one helps with toothache pain. Black tea contains tannic acid, which reduces swelling. Place a warm tea bag against the tooth for temporary relief. Of course, ice also reduces swelling, so placing an ice cube against the site of the pain is an option. Peppermint has numbing power, so swishing with peppermint tea may offer relief.
Salt water, flossing and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide all cleanse the site, thus alleviating some of the pain. The webbing between the thumb and forefinger is an acupressure spot associated with the teeth. Rub the area with an ice cube to get rid of tooth pain.