Get temporary relief with these toothache remedies!
When you’re dealing with tooth pain the first knee-jerk response is “go see your dentist”, but seeing your dentist immediately isn’t always an option for some. Even if you’re able to schedule an appointment to see your dentist you’re still in pain and you need temporary relief now!
So what are your options when you’re experiencing throbbing, piercing, aching, or shooting pain? Below are a few ways you can get some relief before you see your dentist to address the root cause of your toothache.
5 Ways To Relieve Tooth Pain
While none of these remedies are meant to cure your tooth pain they can temporarily give you the relief you need.
OTC Pain Relievers – Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually the go-to relief we seek out when we’re in any kind of pain. When choosing an OTC pain reliever be sure you choose one that can help with pain and reduce inflammation (i.e. Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin). The key is to stay on top of the pain until you can see your dentist.
Cold Compress – You can use a cold compress or an ice pack to help reduce the pain and relieve some of the swelling. Swelling of your mouth or cheek area means you might have an abscess and you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.
Saltwater Rinse – Saltwater is widely known to be cleansing and an anti-inflammatory. If your toothache is being caused by an infection the best way to cleanse your mouth is with ½ teaspoon of Himalayan or Sea salt to one cup of warm water and rinse every 30 seconds as needed. The bacteria that can cause tooth infections thrive in an acidic environment. When you rinse with warm salt water you’re effectively killing the acidic environment by making it more alkaline. This fights off the bacteria by cleansing the area and helps reduce any swelling.
Clove Oil – The active ingredient in clove oil is eugenol which acts as a natural anesthetic. Clove oil basically numbs anything it comes in contact with. It’s nature’s Orajel. Drop 2 drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and apply gently to the affected area.
Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse – Hydrogen Peroxide, just like saltwater, can cleanse the area of the bacteria that may be causing your tooth pain. Mix equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water and rinse for 30 seconds. You can repeat once or twice.
Who to Call
Home remedies are helpful to get you through pain, but it’s extremely important to see a dentist as soon as you can. If you are ever in a dental emergency please contact Hospital Dental Group at (860) 351-7638. We are a toll-free call away 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you need to schedule a regular dental appointment contact us here 860-524-5194.
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