Cavities, loose fillings, a broken tooth, an abscess, or a sinus affliction can all cause toothaches; something that many people dread. A severe toothache can make life miserable, especially when there is no dentist readily available. Even though over-the-counter medication can relieve the pain and some people will go to the dentist to have the problem diagnosed and relieved, household remedies can help if you first want to try the natural route. There are some techniques that you try at home to reduce the intensity of oral pain. If you suffer from acute pain or chronic sensitivity, try these remedies until you can see a dentist.
Cloves contain a numbing substance name eugenol, which also has disinfectant qualities. Put some whole cloves in your mouth and first let them soften. Bite on them lightly to crush them. This will release the eugenol. Push the crushed cloves against the tender tooth to feel some pain relief. It won’t last long, but it’s a tested solution for temporary bouts of pain
2. Salt water
Rinsing with salted water is another safe way to relieve oral pain. Mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and rinse the salted water around the painful tooth. Repeat this several times a day. Rinsing with salted water can remove particles that cause the irritation of the tooth, it acts as a natural disinfectant, and it can reduce inflammations.
3. Soft toothbrush
Mind this. The purpose of brushing is cleaning your teeth, but when you brush too strongly, you can cause painful damage to your mouth when the roots of your teeth get exposed and your gums start to recede. Using a soft brush reduces the risk of damage and gives delicate gums the time to heal. If your toothbrush looks frayed, then check your brushing technique and brush your teeth and gums more carefully. Both the toothbrush and the brushing technique are important to relieve oral pain.
4. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Even though this is not really a household remedy, you may find that using a toothpaste specifically developed for sensitive teeth may give some relief. Toothpaste with potassium nitrate disturbs the pain signals of the nerves from the teeth. Another practical option is using a toothpaste that remineralizes the enamel and creates a protective barrier. These quick solutions can be an option when your toothache is caused by a general sensitivity.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is often used in teeth-bleaching products and also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can rinse your mouth with a mixture of equal parts of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide for 15-30 seconds to reduce a swelling of the gums, kill bacteria, and relieve pain. Please be careful never to swallow hydrogen peroxide and this rinse should never be used with children.
Having a toothache is never a fun way to spend an evening so keep these remedies at hand. But most importantly? If the pain persists, ask for a professional dental check-up. The early treatment of problems can prevent a simple problem from getting more severe.