Treating toothache

Toothache can be caused by cavities, loose fillings, a cracked tooth, an abscess (a pocket of infection at the gum line), or a sinus condition and until you can see the dentist, you turn to home remedies to provide relief.

In these situations, dental cover is imperative.

For adults, you can turn to over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen and asprin. If you choose aspirin, swallow it, don’t put it right on the tooth or your gums, as might harm the inside of your mouth. You can also use OTC anaesthetics by applying these pain-relieving gels and liquids onto the sore tooth and nearby gums.

But if you’re not for the over-the-counter remedies, there are a few home remedies you can try to relieve the pain.

One of the best things you can do is rinse your mouth with salt water. Swish the warm, salty water around in your mouth (mix is 1/2 teaspoon table salt to 8 ounces of water). Spit it out, don’t swallow it.

If your face is swollen, put an ice pack on your cheek. It may help ease the pain and reduce swelling. You may use a cold compress to relieve any pain you’re experiencing, by applying a cold compress, it causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This makes pain less severe. To use this approach, hold a towel-wrapped bag of ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. This can be done every few hours.

Use peppermint tea bags. This will numb pain and soothe sensitive gums. To do this, allow a used tea bag to cool down, it should still be slightly warm, before applying it to the affected area. Garlic can also be used by crushing a garlic clove into a paste and applying it to the affected area or you can slowly chew a clove of fresh garlic.

There are many other simple ingredients in your kitchen that could be used to ease your ache.


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And more, such as oregano essential oil and colloidal silver.

A less common suggestion by Readers digest, is to do a home ‘filling’ with soft chewing gum as a place holder.

“If you’ve broken a tooth or have lost a filling, you can relieve some pain by covering the exposed area with softened chewing gum. This might work with a loose filling, too, to hold it in place until you can get to the dentist,” the article states

Many toothaches require medical attention. So see your dentist. You should also see your dentist if you experience fevers, trouble breathing or swallowing, general pain that lasts more than one or two days, swelling, pain when you bite, abnormally red gums and foul-tasting discharge, or pus.

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