Toothache pain can be unbearable, proper dental care treatment and prevention is a must. The throbbing gums, shooting pain, and tender mouth makes it difficult to concentrate on anything else other than relieving the sensation. If Dr.Stout, Family Dentist, cannot see you immediately, there are a few natural remedies that can help manage the toothache pain while you wait for your appointment.
What Causes Toothache?
Before getting into remedies for toothache, it’s important to understand what could be causing the pain.
- Cavities (tooth decay)
- Sinus infection
- Dental Abscesses
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Incoming wisdom teeth
Home Remedies for Toothache
Sometimes we feel dental pain that goes away on its own after a day or two. For persistent pain, it’s important to see Dr. Stout as soon as possible to determine the cause of the symptom.
In the meantime, the home remedies below will help provide temporary relief until you can visit our dental practice in Charlotte NC.
Avoid Hot or Cold Foods
Your teeth will likely feel more sensitive than usual when you’re suffering from a toothache. Avoid eating or drinking hot and cold foods and beverages, which can elevate the pain. If you need to, brush your teeth with warm water to avoid a surge of pain.
Take an Anti-Inflammatory
Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help relieve some of the tooth pain. You can also look for numbing gels that contain benzocaine to provide relief. These are especially helpful if the toothache is preventing you from sleeping at night as they last for long periods of time.
Clove oil may seem like an odd remedy for a toothache, however, it has been used to treat tooth pain historically. The oil contains eugenol, a natural antiseptic that can effectively reduce pain and inflammation.
Simply use a cotton swab to apply the oil to the affected area. If the taste is too intense, you may want to dilute it with a carrier oil such as olive oil or with water. You can also add a few drops to a glass of water and use as a mouthwash.
Brush and Floss
Continue with your regular dental hygiene at home, or increase the frequency if you’ve neglected your oral health in the past. Flossing is especially important as it will help remove food particles and additional plaque that could be contributing to the tooth pain.The less bacteria in your mouth, the better.
Refrain from Sugary and Acidic Foods
Foods containing sugars, simple carbohydrates, and acids can aggravate whatever is causing the pain in your tooth. When sweet and acidic foods remain in the mouth for long periods of time, they attract plaque-building bacteria, causing additional pain and decay.
Apply a Cold Compress
If you have swelling of the tooth or gums, then an ice pack will feel wonderful. Cold causes the blood vessels to constrict and reduce the swelling. Simply wrap a bag of ice in a towel and apply on the outside of the affected region for 20-minute intervals. You can do this several times throughout the day.
This simple remedy is one of the best ways to disinfect your mouth and remove any food that may be stuck in your teeth after eating. Simply dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of water and use like you would a mouthwash. The best part is that since both salt and water are readily available, this is something you can do just about anywhere you are during the day.
If you have a lingering toothache that has caused pain for more than two days, call the friendly staff at Stout Family Dentistry to schedule a visit today (704) 253-8799. We’ll get you in as soon as possible and help alleviate the pain once we determine what is causing the issue.