Posted on December 20, 2019
If you’ve ever had a toothache, then you know how all-consuming the pain can be. The good news is that while you wait for an appointment with your dentist, there are some things you can do for short-term relief. Here are our top five:
One of the easiest things you can do to relieve any tooth pain is to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the painful area. The cold constricts the blood vessels, which slows the flow of blood to the injury. A reduction in pain, swelling and inflammation can be experienced.
Before applying to the outside of your cheek, wrap the ice with a towel. Use the cold compress for 20 minutes at a time.
This home remedy works especially well if trauma is the reason for your toothache.
Because it’s a natural disinfectant, saltwater is a great strategy for reducing tooth pain, combatting a sore throat and boasting healing.
To use, combine a ½-teaspoon table salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Swish the mixture around your mouth for approximately 30 seconds before spitting into the sink. Repeat as often as desired.
The mouthwash will loosen debris found between teeth and in cavities at the same time that tooth soreness is reduced.
Throughout history, clove has been used to reduce inflammation and pain effectively. Because of its eugenol ingredient, clove acts as a natural antiseptic. However, this method should not be used with children as they may swallow too much clove.
Both dried whole cloves and clove oil can be used to fight toothaches at home. To use dried whole cloves, gently chew a clove to release its oil. Then, press it in place against the tooth pain for a maximum of 30 minutes.
If you have clove oil, soak a cotton ball with it before applying to the affected tooth.
Better known for its ability to cause bad breath, garlic can also be used for medicinal purposes. A compound found in garlic called allicin is known for its strong antibacterial properties, including its ability to reduce plaque-causing bacteria.
To use garlic to alleviate a toothache, crush a clove until a paste is created. Mix in a little bit of salt and then apply the paste to the affected area. Another option is to slowly chew a garlic clove.
Over the Counter Pain Relievers
When all else fails, over-the-counter medication can greatly reduce tooth pain. Take ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen to benefit from temporary toothache pain relief. However, make sure to follow the directions on the box or your physician’s instructions on taking these over-the-counter pain medications.
Avoid giving aspirin to children under 18 years old.
When to See a Dentist
Home remedies can reduce pain – but only for a short period. If the pain persists for more than a day or two, it’s important that you book a dentist appointment.