If you have ever had a bad toothache that woke you up with throbbing pain in the middle of the night, you probably understand the desperation to get toothache pain relief quickly. While only a dentist can determine the root cause of a toothache, there is plenty you can do at home to make the pain less unbearable.
The following are some of the home remedies that can tide you over in a toothache emergency while you wait to go to a dentist:
Toothache pain relief
1. Put some ice on it
A small ice cube placed in a plastic bag and wrapped in a thin cloth can numb the nerves around the painful tooth. Place the ice pack on the cheek over the aching tooth to reduce the pain.
2. Saltwater rinse
Saltwater can help rinse out the infected area, wash away debris, and provide relief from toothache pain. Start by dissolving one teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm to hot water. Swish this saline solution around your mouth for several seconds.
You should then spit the saltwater out. The saltwater cleanses the area and gets rid of the pus and the nasty bacteria. Saltwater can also help to reduce swelling.
3. Hydrogen peroxide rinse
Just like the saltwater rinse, the hydrogen peroxide rinse helps cleanse the infected area. However, it is a bit more effective than the saline solution because it attacks the bacteria as opposed to just rinsing it away. To prepare the hydrogen peroxide rinse, mix about three-percent hydrogen peroxide with water. Swish the rinse around your mouth for approximately 30 seconds. Spit the mixture out.
A hydrogen peroxide rinse provides toothache relief and can help reduce the risk of gingivitis. However, it should never be ingested. Make sure you mix enough water into the rinse so that the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t burn your mouth. Furthermore, swish plain water around your mouth several times to rinse the hydrogen peroxide out.
4. Clove oil
The active ingredient in clove oil that provides toothache relief is eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic that has a numbing effect on everything it comes into contact with. Take a cotton ball and drip two drops of this oil on it. Make sure the oil does not come into contact with your gums or your tongue, as it could make the pain worse.
5. Peppermint tea
Peppermint is an herbal remedy that calms sensitive skin and has the same numbing properties as cloves. Boil dried peppermint leaves in water and let it steep for about 20 minutes. Allow the tea to cool down before swishing it around your mouth for several seconds.
You could also take a cooled peppermint tea bag and apply it to your tooth. Another method is to freeze the tea bag, and then place it on your tooth. Leave the peppermint tea bag in place for about 20 minutes for maximum pain relief.
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Toothache remedies provide temporary relief, but only a dentist can determine the root cause of the pain. Do not hesitate to go straight to the dentist if the pain lasts more than one day or if it is accompanied by a fever or signs of infection such as swelling.
Call (734) 415-9336 to schedule an appointment with Contemporary Dentistry and Implantology PC in our Canton dental office.