To begin, we would like to provide a friendly reminder that Bellevue Dentists is available for emergency dentistry between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, even during lunch.

Emergency Dental Care

Toothaches can be very painful, so much so that they can stop you in your tracks and make you unable to do your daily functions.

Toothache symptoms might include:

  • Severe tooth ache that feels like someone is stabbing at your tooth with a heated iron
  • Throbbing pain where you may feel like your tooth has its own heartbeat
  • Inflammation around the tooth, such as in the gumline
  • Red, irritated gums
  • Generalized mouth pain that is hard to pinpoint

Tooth pain can be a symptom of another larger issue, such as tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can be a seriously difficult and expensive problem to treat. If you have other serious symptoms, such as fever and chills, trouble swallowing or breathing, or a foul-tasting discharge, there is a chance you have more serious dental issues that need to be addressed immediately.

The most common reasons for tooth ache are as follows:

  • Deep Dental cavities
  • Wisdom teeth stuck in the jaw and unable to erupt properly
  • Cracked teeth due to biting down on something hard
  • Gum inflammation due to deep pockets catching food needing deep cleaning.

Home Remedies to stop tooth ache

If you are unable to have your toothache examined right away by a dental professional, you’re still likely seeking relief from the pain. Luckily, many items you can find right in your home can help!

Salt + Hot Water

For many people, a saltwater rinse is an effective first-line treatment. Saltwater is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds.

To use this approach, mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.

Ice or Cold Compress

Probably the most obvious and easiest to do method of pain relief, using ice or a cold compress on the inside or outside of the side of your mouth that has the hurting tooth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

A hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to relieve pain and inflammation. In addition to killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can reduce plaque.

Make sure you properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide. To do this, mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts of water and use it as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow it.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Not only does apple cider vinegar have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, but because it is acidic, it also kills the bacteria causing your toothache. You can use apple cider vinegar for pain by soaking a cotton ball in it and pressing it gently on the tooth.

Peppermint Leaves, Peppermint Extract, or Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is known for its ability to reduce swelling and soreness, so it’s no wonder there are so many ways you can utilize it to help with a toothache! If you have fresh peppermint leaves, you can chew them to help with the pain, or if they are dry, simply hold them against the tooth.

If you have peppermint extract on hand, soak a cotton ball or a Q-tip in it and hold it on the affected tooth for a brief time.

Finally, you can use peppermint in tea with just a few dry leaves in a cup of warm water. Simply steep them for 20 minutes and swish some in your mouth.


Want to numb your tooth pain? Swishing alcohol like whiskey, scotch, vodka, and brandy will kill the germs and help numb the area around the tooth. A cotton ball soaked in alcohol and applied to the affected area might also be a good way to apply this pain reliever.

Note: We do not recommend this method for patients under the age of 21 under any circumstances.


To use this, dab a few drops of thyme essential oil and a few drops of water onto a cotton ball. After diluting the oil with the water, apply it to the affected area.

You can also add a drop of the oil to a small glass of water and make a mouthwash.

Vanilla, Almond, Or Lemon Extract

Soaking a cotton ball or cotton swab (Q-Tip) in any of these extracts will provide temporary pain relief to an aching tooth or mouth. Simply hold the extract-soaked cotton to the pained area for a short period of time.


Wheatgrass has numerous healing properties and can work to heal your body from the inside if taken internally. It can relieve inflammation in your mouth and prevent infections. Its high chlorophyll content can also fight bacteria. To use this, simply use wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash.


They may be a bit sour, but lemons and limes can also provide relief from a toothache. High amounts of citric acid and vitamin C present in both fruits work to destroy bacteria and support the immune system. To use lemons and limes for tooth pain relief, prepare the lemons and limes by cutting them into slices, biting into them partially to release the juice, and then place into sore areas.


You might find this spice in your spice rack or pantry, but turmeric utilizes antiseptic and antibacterial properties that aid in relieving pain. Make a paste using this spice and water, then apply to the tooth. Raw turmeric can also be ingested.


LI 4 or Large Intestine 4 is an extremely popular acupressure point for curing all types of chronic pain, and it is the ultimate solution to the question of how to relieve tooth pain quickly. This is a multipurpose decongestant and anti-inflammatory point that is used to treat toothaches, headaches, rhinitis, TMJ problems, fever, skin diseases, and eye problems and boosts the immune system.

Definitive Tooth Pain Relief

All of the above are temporary methods of toothache relief that can be achieved with household items and are not intended to replace a dental check-up to diagnose the cause of the pain. Dental offices take emergency cases very seriously, and we are no exception, so if you have a dental emergency, please don’t wait to call your local dentist.

Lastly, you should always call us in an emergency if at all possible.

If you have any questions about our services, hours of operation, or would simply like to set up
an appointment with one of our dentists, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately or by calling (425) 641 4111