Toothache is one of the worst pains and when your child is experiencing it it’s even worse. Kids do not know why they are having this throbbing pain and what to do about it. With COVID-19 most of the people are staying indoors. So here are some of the home remedies for treating toothaches until you see a dentist. You may be surprised how many are already in your pantry?

At home remedies for toothaches

Brushing and flossing

Ensure that your child gently brushes the teeth and flosses on both sides of the aching tooth so as remove any stack food. Toothache can be reduced significantly.



If you have any form of clove at your home try this first. Cloves have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anesthetic properties. Here are some of the methods you can try

  • Use a whole clove and put it directly on the effected tooth and ask your child to hold it tightly between teeth. Make sure your child is old enough to understand the instructions and does not choke on the clove
  • Make a paste out of ground clove and a few drops of olive oil and apply on the effective tooth
  • Clove oil is the best option and the simplest. Add a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball ( not too much!) and place it on the tooth or sore spot
cloves to reduce pain

Luke warm salt water

Take one teaspoon of salt and add it to boiling water. Allow the water to cool and then ask your child to swish it around his /her mouth for 30 seconds when it’s luke warm. It will help cleanse the mouth and reduce pain. This is only advisable if your child knows how to spit and does not swallow the contents

saline rinses reduce toothache

Ice Pack

Use an ice pack and wrap it in a towel (do not apply directly) and place it against the area for 15 minutes. It helps numbing the area and makes your child comfortable.

ice pack to reduce toothache

Warm teabag

Put the warm teabag from a freshly-made cup of tea in your child’s mouth (don’t tear the bag!)

teabag reduce toothache

Tooth sensitivity toothpaste

If your child’s tooth is creating a painful feeling after they eat or drink anything hot or cold, try giving them tooth sensitivity toothpaste. Put pea sized toothpaste on your finger and apply it on the sensitive teeth. With the help of toothbrush remove it after 1 minute and swish the mouth with water. It may be that the dentin layer of their tooth is exposed, which is causing sharp pain

By using these tips and regular household items, you can better help your child achieve the relief they need, even if it’s only temporary. And remember, just because the pain is gone does not mean the problem is too. So, always visit the dentist and get the treatment done before it’s too late.

Did you know that a high number of dental problems can be solved by taking precautions and changing habits? Tele-dentistry can help guide you in these matters and give you a solution in the comfort of your home.

You can always book an appointment with us and let us guide you in the best course of action to a quick recovery.