If you’re in pain due to your tooth (teeth), there is definitely a reason why. Many dental problems can be the cause of a toothache, ranging from a abscessed tooth, tooth fracture, infected gums, damaged fillings, tooth decay, etc. For the most part, poor oral care/hygiene is the reason behind this occurence.
Typically, the pain is arises because the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed by a crack or break or decay in the tooth. The dentin layer lies between the enamel and the pulp chamber, the pulp chamber contains the nerve endings and tiny blood vessels that get affected. Although only a doctor can really get to the root of the issue, it is good to know some remedies for your toothache until you can visit the dentist. Make sure you bring your discount dental plan card to save on all your visits!
- Cold/Hot Compress. One of the simplest methods of pain relief is an application of ice over affected area. It will help numb things, and if that doesn’t work, try the opposite- hot compress.
- Cloves. Oil of cloves is used in dental materials because of its antiseptic and anesthetic properties. It is an old timer’s remedy, rest a clove against the sore area until the pain subsides.
- Salt Water. Mix a tablespoon of salt to 12 ounces of warm water, swish around mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day.
- Alcohol. Whisky, scotch, brandy, or vodka has been said to be effective in numbing the affected gum and reducing toothache when swooshed around mouth. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will do the trick as well.
- Spice Extract. Vanilla, Almond, Peppermint, or Lemon can be saturated on a cotton ball/swab and held in place.
You may try any or a combination of the above remedies, whichever you find to be more effective. Also, remember to take an over the counter pain relief medicine. Pain relief medication is to reduce inflammation because in most cases toothaches are caused by inflammation of the nerve or tissues. A toothache may come and go with the use of these remedies but don’t be fooled, you still need to seek an opinion of a dentist to diagnose the underlying issue.