If you have ever had a toothache before, you know how painful they can be.  Toothaches can be the result of a range of root causes from deep tissue infection to a chipped tooth to simply a popcorn kernel stuck between the teeth. Some are definitely more serious than others.

While we always recommend seeing your dentist if the pain is severe, persistent or getting worse, sometimes an age old home remedy is just the fix you need.

Here are 7 of our favourite home remedies for toothaches.

Rinse with Salt Water

This simple and classic home remedy has the power to dissolve particles between teeth that might be causing pressure and aching, and it can also help reduce inflammation. Salt water can also hasten healing for small wound inside the mouth thatmight be causing discomfort. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water and swish for a minute; repeat as needed.

Cold Compress

Applying cold helps constrict blood vessels, which will reduce pain and cause swelling to go down. All you need is some ice and a towel, even a bag of frozen peas will work in a pinch.

Clove Oil

Cloves contain eugenol, a natural anesthetic that helps numbs nerves. It is an excellent home toothache remedy but should be used sparingly and with caution since it can worsen pain on sensitive gum tissues. Simply pour a few drops on a cotton swab and hold it against the affected area until the pain recedes.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

This sounds a little drastic but it is actually a safe and effective home remedy toothache treatment. It is often helpful if your toothache is accompanied by bad breath (which might signal an infection); it can also help with bleeding gums and plaque buildup. Dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and give a good swish throughout the mouth.

Peppermint Tea

Another natural anesthetic, peppermint tea bags can help reduce swelling and calm haywire nerves. Use steeped tea bags and either cool them down to room temperature, or pop them in the freezer until they are nice and cold for some extra comfort.

Ginger-Cayenne Paste

Crush the two fresh ingredients together with a mortar and pestle until a paste forms. Apply with a cotton ball to the affected area. The spicy mix might burn a little but they are an effective natural painkiller.

Guava Leaves

These might be a little hard to come by, but they work very well as a natural painkiller and are antimicrobial so that things do worsen before you can get in with your dentist. Simply chew on fresh guava leaves or dissolve a teaspoon of guava powder into warm water and swish like a mouthwash.

We of course recommend going to the dentist if pain persists for more than a day, or if it is getting worse, or if you have experienced trauma to the face, jaw or head. But if you are in need of some simple pain reduction, pop open your pantry and see what kind of home remedies you can make from ingredients at home.