If you have ever had a toothache, you will likely say that it is one of the most bothersome pains that a person can deal with. Any time one of your teeth is causing you pain, it is wise to get to the dentist right away. However, if you do not have access to a nearby emergency dental clinic and you have to wait a while for an appointment, there are a few things you can do in the meantime to help alleviate the pain you are experiencing. 

1. Warm Salt Water - So you may have heard of a salt-water rinse for toothache pain, but do you really know how the specifics? If you are like most, when you come across this remedy, you will sprinkle some iodized table salt in a glass of water and get to swishing, to no avail. However, the key to making this tried and true method work is to use sea salt in large quantities. Not only will the salty solution break away any tiny food particles that could be irritating a tooth, but it can naturally help reduce the pain you feel. 

2. Chewing Your Toothbrush - This remedy may sound a bit odd, but consistently chewing on the bristles of your toothbrush can provide some immediate relief for tooth pain. The best toothbrush to use will be one that is still fairly stiff and new, as this will help to apply pressure to the tooth, remove debris, and massage the gums. For an added amount of relief, drop on a few drips of mint oil if you have it around. 

3. Chewing Gum - Sugar-free chewing gum can be a major lifesaver if you have an exposed nerve and your tooth is causing you excruciating pain. Chew the gum until it is pliable and soft and push it into the affected tooth. This will keep air from flowing to the nerve. Temporary filling material serves the same purpose, but in a pinch, chewing gum will work just as well.

4. Vodka, Scotch, or Other Hard Liquors -  Even though enough pain may make you feel like a few shots of hard liquor could help, there is actually a better way to alleviate pain with these substances. Using a cotton swab soaked in the liquor of your choice, apply and hold pressure on the pained area. Alcoholic beverages can have a slight numbing affect, which may help. 

While you wait to get into the dental clinic over a painful tooth, there is no need for you to lay in agony. There are several home remedies that may be able to provide you with some form of relief. For more information, it is always a good idea to ask a dentist like Hart Dayton DMD for even more ideas to help with tooth pain while you wait.