When you get a toothache, going to your local dentist’s office is always the best way to treat the pain. The pain in your mouth might be mild at first, but the root cause of your toothache won’t go away on its own. If left untreated, your toothache might get worse and make it that much more difficult to treat. Even though Enchanting Dentistry offers emergency dental services, busy schedules and family obligations can make it difficult to find time to get to the office. If you’re busy life interferes with your ability to get to the dentist, you can use several toothache home remedies to help alleviate pain.
Depending on the cause of your toothache, some methods to cure a toothache will be more effective than others. Pain can arise from a variety of different problems such as cavities, inflammation of the nerve endings in your tooth, bruxism or the grinding of your teeth, sinus pressure, or the erosion of your tooth enamel. The only way to be sure is by seeing your local dentist. You can temporarily relieve the pain in your mouth while you’re waiting to see your dentist by using these natural ways to treat a toothache. Read below to get tips on how make the best out of a painful situation.
While it’s not the most effective way to cure a toothache, using a bit of clove oil can temporarily relieve certain types of pain. Cloves contain eugenol, a natural anesthetic that can numb or momentarily treat pain. Dab a cotton ball in a bit of clove oil and apply it to the sore area of your mouth. However be advised, clove oil can irritate the sensitive areas of your mouth and, in some cases, can make pain worse.
A simple batch of salt water can help clean and disinfect the area around your throbbing tooth, washing away nasty bacteria or debris that might be causing pain. Swishing salt water won’t treat a toothache in every situation but it might keep your infection from getting worse.
Not unlike salt water, garlic acts as a natural antibiotic, removing harmful bacteria that can cause infection and irritate your sore tooth. To use garlic to temporarily cure a toothache, mash a clove with some salt and rub it on your tooth. You can also chew a raw clove several times a day to relieve the pain.
The alcohol in vanilla can help relieve pain. You can dab a bit of extract on your finger or a cotton ball and rub it on the sore areas in your mouth. As far as toothache home remedies go, vanilla will only relieve the pain for a few moments. Reapply often to keep the pain away until you can see your dentist.
Peppermint Tea Bags
As another numbing agent, peppermint tea bags can briefly lessen your pain. Let
your used tea bag cool and tuck it around your sore tooth. The peppermint will only treat a toothache as long as the bag is in place. It’s best to only use a bag for about 20 minutes before swapping it out for a new one.
In the end, toothache home remedies can only do so much to cure a toothache. They can temporarily lessen pain without actually treating the cause of your toothache. Enchanting Dentistry offers emergency dentistry services to help you get treatment when you need it most. Call 954-DENTIST for an emergency appointment and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.