Sometimes, a toothache is bearable but there are cases when you are in enough pain you really want some relief while you are waiting to see your dentist.
It’s second nature for us to look for a way to ease the discomfort. Toothache remedies at home have long been popular, so much so there are times when they are the first things that come to mind.
Please note, that it’s still important that you see a dentist you trust for a checkup if you are having tooth pain.
The good thing about home remedies is that they can help you feel better right away and can be beneficial if you’re experiencing dental anxiety. It’s important that you get any issues addressed at your dentist but if you need urgent relief, then you can try treatment options that are within your reach.
What Causes Toothache?
Before searching for a cure for your toothache, it’s important to first understand the common causes. Here are examples:
- Tooth decay
- Inflamed gums
- Tooth fracture
- Tooth grinding
- Damaged filling
Common Toothache Remedies at Home
- Warm saltwater. Pain may be caused by food debris trapped in your teeth. Warm saltwater will help clean the area and loosen up any food particles. Dissolve salt in warm water and use the solution to rinse your mouth. Does this work? Yes, it can help provide relief and also reduce swelling, but only temporarily. This is also one of the safest ways to combat a toothache.
- Ice pack. Apply ice pack to your cheek in the affected area to help calm irritated nerves. You can also apply an ice cube wrapped with a cloth directly on the affected area around the tooth to reduce swelling.
- Clove oil. This natural toothache remedy contains eugenol that works like an anaesthetic. It also has bacteria-killing properties. You can apply the clove oil directly or use a cotton swab to dab on your tooth.
- Garlic. Garlic has properties similar to an antibiotic and can be used to provide relief from a toothache if it is caused by an infection. It is not for everyone though, especially if you are going into a social situation.
- Hydrogen Peroxide. A hydrogen peroxide solution helps get rid of bacteria in your mouth. Gargle and spit it out for temporary relief. But like the rest of other toothache remedies on this list, please note that this should not be deemed as a substitute for dental checkup.
- Peppermint tea or lemon extract. These two natural remedies also have the ability to numb pain. You can soak a cotton with these extracts for applying on and around the tooth. Or you can also swish them around your mouth.
Even if these toothache home remedies do give you immediate relief, please note they’re not likely to offer long-term cure. If you have more questions about dealing with extreme pain on your teeth, contact us online or give us a call at 905-822-8880.