To begin, we would like to provide a friendly reminder that Riverwalk Smile Dentistry in Rock Hill is available for emergency dentistry between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, even during lunch. Dr. Seth, Dr. Bishop and Dr. Kamodia are rated best emergency dentist in Rock Hill. We’ve an experienced team of professionals and with the state of art modern technology we seek to provide exceptional care to our Emergency dental patients living in Rock Hill area. Call us now at (803)639-7676 to schedule your dental appointment now with your local emergency dentist in Rock Hill.

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What is Emergency Dental Care?

Emergency dental care is an incredibly important service, one that we strive to make available to our customers living in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and adjoining areas

Sudden toothaches are very painful, so much so that it can even hinder you from getting to your local dentist who can solve the problem. Toothache symptoms might include:

  • Sharp tooth pain that feels like someone is stabbing at your tooth with something pointed, like a pick
  • Throbbing tooth pain where you might 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 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.

We understand tooth pain is not something to take lightly, so we wanted to provide some quick pain relief techniques using natural remedies to hold the pain at bay until you can get help. These are helpful because many of the items used to provide the relief can be found in almost every household.

Note: these pain relief techniques are only temporary and are in no way a substitute for seeking dental advice or help. We are incredibly grateful to our large, committed, and experienced staff that allows us to remain available outside regular business hours to help our customers in emergency situations.

How to Stop a Toothache with Home Remedies

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!

Note: We do not recommend this method for patients under the age of 21 under any circumstances. Use below home remedies at your discretion making sure you are not allergic to them. It’s recommended to call your provider and check with them in any situation.

 Salt + Hot Water

The most common, and arguably the easiest, method for relieving tooth pain can be accomplished easily with just salt and water, something everyone has in their kitchen. Salt and hot water has long been known to provide relief for toothaches. This solution will draw out the fluids from the gums that are causing the irritation and help reduce the aching sensation.

Mixing a single tablespoon (1 tbsp) of salt in a glass of hot or warm water and then rinsing/gargling will provide the relief, which can be repeated if necessary.

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.

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.

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.


There are several oils that contain pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to temporarily reduce toothache pain. Methods of application can be rinsing your mouth with a small amount of oil combined with water, or applying the oil directly to a cotton swab or cotton ball.

Here is a list of oils that can be used for tooth pain relief:

  • Sunflower oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Oregano oil
  • Nutmeg oil
  • Clove oil
  • Tea tree oil

Leaves & Roots

Plantain leaves, ginger root, and garlic are all able to reduce pain similarly to the above mentioned temporary treatments. The leaves have anti inflammatory properties and the roots have antibacterial properties, both of which will help relieve pain to the sore area(s).

Plantain leaves relieve tooth pain easily. To release the anti inflammatory agents, you will need to chew the leaves. Once this is done, hold the pieces of leaves over the sore area(s) to continue aiding in the pain relief process.

To use garlic for relief, crush a garlic clove into a paste. For additional pain reduction, you can mix rock salt into the paste and then apply directly to the sore area.

Using ginger to relieve pain is much a much simpler process. Like with the plantain leaves, all you need to do is take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it. Doing this should bring pain relief shortly.


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, bite into them partially to release the juice, and then place into sore areas.


You have probably heard before that using cucumber as a household remedy for pain and inflammation is popular, but how about using it on a sore tooth? A chilled cucumber or slice of fresh cucumber can be held against the tooth that hurts. Also, like other methods that use food, try mashing some of the cucumber into a paste and applying it to the area.

Tooth Pain Relief is in Sight!

Again, 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. So if you have a dental emergency, please don’t wait to call your local dentist in Rock Hill now. We are your trusted Rock Hill dentist, currently, we are offering $59 Emergency special for patient who don’t have dental insurance.

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 (803)639-7676 or visit us at

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