There is nothing worse than the dull ache of a painful tooth or sore gums, especially during the festive period when you want to enjoy the fine foods the holiday offers. But what can you do if you urgently need to see a dentist over the Christmas period, when all are closed? Dentists-Near-Me.co.uk, the app that helps you book your dentists appointment at your convenience, have put together a list of 10 home remedies which can provide you with some temporary pain relief.

Honey

After brushing your teeth, rubbing honey into the gums (avoiding the teeth as much as possible) can work to treat infections. Manuka honey in particular has antiseptic properties that make it a great natural remedy for gum infections.

Peanut Butter

Especially good for relieving the pain of a wisdom tooth. Applying peanut butter again and again on the affected area is great for soothing the discomfort, by acting as a barrier between the bacteria which causes the pain, and the tooth.

Olive Oil

If you’re suffering from a sore tooth, heat up a little olive oil and leave to cool. As it reaches a luke warm temperature, take the oil, and pour it into the ear of the side of your mouth where the toothache is. It can relieve the pain that you feel on the side of your head.

Potato

You can use a potato for tooth pain relief. Take a potato and place it in the freezer so that it is chilled. Slice the potato thinly and place the piece onto the gum where there is discomfort. It will cool and sooth the area, whilst reducing the swelling.

Onion

Chop an onion in half, and place a piece into the side of the mouth that is most painful. Occasionally bite down to release juices which will help to sooth the discomfort.

Garlic

Whilst placing slices of garlic on an aching tooth helps with pain relief, chewing garlic is also beneficial for those who suffer from gum disease.

Vinegar

Swirl an amount of vinegar around in your mouth for 30 seconds then spit it out. This is usually used as a herbal remedy for wisdom tooth pain.

Tea bags

Steep a tea bag in boiling water for a few minutes, then remove and allow to cool. Hold the cooled teabag around your gums for about 5 minutes. The tannic acid helps to relieve gum infections.

Though these natural remedies are great for relieving the pain you have in your mouth and gums, we don’t recommend that you put off a trip to the dentist. Book an appointment as soon as you can after the holidays, but if you are suffering and it can’t wait for the few days before your surgery reopens, do head to A&E where they can help.