Emergency Dental Care Little Rock

To begin, we would like to provide a friendly reminder that Little Rock Family Dental is available for emergency dentistry between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, even during lunch.

What is Emergency Dental Care?

Emergency dental care is an incredibly important service, one that we strive to make available to our customers. We are incredibly grateful to our large, committed, and experienced staff that allows us to remain available outside regular business hours to be available to help our customers in emergency situations.

Sudden toothaches are very painful. So much so that it can even hinder you from getting you to your local dentist who can solve the problem. We understand this, 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 most every household.

Before we do this however, note that these pain relief techniques are only temporary and are in no way a substitute for seeking dental advice or help.

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Vanilla, Almond, Peppermint, 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, peppermint 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).

With plantain and peppermint leaves (you can also used dried peppermint leaves or peppermint tea), you will need to chew on them a bit to release the anti inflammatory agents. Once this is done, hold the pieces of leaves over the sore area(s).

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

With ginger it is much a much simpler process: all you need to do is take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it. Doing this should bring pain relief shortly.


It may be a bit sour, but lemons and limes can also provide relief from a toothache. This is accomplished by the high amounts of citric acid and vitamin C present in both fruits that work to destroy bacteria and support the immune system. Prepare the lemons and limes by cutting them into slices, bite into them partially to release the juice, and then place into sore areas.

Salt + Hot Water

We saved the most common, and arguably the easiest, for last. 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.


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. Dental offices take emergency cases very seriously, and we are no exception, so if you have a dental emergency, please don’t wait to call your local dentist.

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Additionally, there are many other natural remedies for temporary relief of toothaches, which you can learn more about here.

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 (501) 954-9900.

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