Toothaches and Home Remedies
Toothaches can occur anywhere and anytime and it can be one of the most severe and debilitating pains you can experience. And in cases where you don’t have an access to the dentist right away, here are a few home remedies you can try out to ease the toothache and give you some relief. But remember, this is just to ease the pain, not to cure it for good. It is recommended to still go to the dentist as soon as you can.
But until you are able to get the dentist’s help, you can apply the following home remedies.
- Flossing and rinsing. In cases where the toothache is caused by food particles getting lodged in between your teeth or inside your gums, floss first and then rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Pain reliever. There are lots of OTC (over-the-counter) pain relievers you can take to ease the pain and discomfort.
- OTC antiseptic. These can be in a gel or paste format which you can apply this to your tooth and gums where you are having the pain. These antiseptics contain benzocaine which can be very effective with the relief of pain due to their numbing effects.
- Apply ice. In case of swelling, you can apply ice to your cheek area where the swelling and pain is. This can sometimes calm down the pain.
- Avoid extremely hot and cold foods- Do not aggravate the pain by eating or drinking too hot or too cold foods and beverages. When you have a toothache, hot and cold can make the pain worse because of the tooth being extremely sensitive.
At the bottom of this article I have a link to more home remedies for toothaches. Just remember that whichever remedy you choose from the list, it can give you some relief from pain, this is only temporary. You will still need to visit your dentist. Toothaches don’t appear for no reason. There are many reasons why you have a toothache and it can be from tooth decay or perhaps some other dental problems like tooth or gum infection. Only your dentist can give the right solution like filling your teeth to prevent further decay or performing a root canal or in cases where tooth is not savable, a tooth extraction.
Also keep in mind that prevention is the best medicine. Follow a good habit of oral hygiene like brushing your teeth regularly (2-3 times a day) and flossing once a day. Also use fluoride rinses. Ask your dentist to apply fluoride varnish to your teeth twice a year to help strengthen your teeth. Visit your dentist regularly too whether you have a toothache or not. By doing so, you don’t have to suffer more toothaches from serious dental problems. Your dentist can catch dental problems like cavities at its early stages so that it doesn’t turn into a bigger problem. With prevention you don’t need to ever suffer from any type of toothaches.
If you are having a toothache, please call us at 323-771-7254 and we will make every attempt to see you same day.
Here is a video on temporary relief for your toothache:
Here is another article with more home remedies for toothaches you can do to get some relief from your toothaches.
By: Ladan Zinati