12 Home Treatments for Dental Toothaches In An Emergency
Dental Toothaches: Tooth pain can cause unbearable pain and we never know when this will happen. Severe pain can be caused by tooth decay, but a dental emergency can also include cracked teeth, that can cause extreme discomfort and if this happens you will need an emergency dentist appointment.
Sometimes, dentists are not available as easily as a Doctor or Medical Centre. When this happens, you may need to look at turning to some home remedies until you can be seen by a professional dentist.
What Are The Best Home Toothache Remedies?
While waiting to see a dentist from Integrity Dental there are some home remedies for toothaches that you can try to relieve your pain. Some health experts recommend:
1. Toothache Medication
There are several over-the-counter pain relief medications for toothache pain that temporarily relieve swelling, gum pain, mouth pain and any other issues associated with teeth issues.
*medicated gels and drops
Always check with a pharmacist or dentist first to determine the best course of action for your individual needs.
2. Salt Water Rinse
A salt water rinse is a fast and effective way to decrease inflammation and disinfect the mouth. Salt water is good to loosen any food particles or dirt that may become stuck in the affected area after dental surgery. Salt water additionally promotes wound healing and pain relief.
*Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass and mild water then stir till dissolved.
*Swish the mix around in your mouth for 30seconds
*Repeat several times throughout the day.
3. Rinsing With Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide can relieve pain. decrease inflammation, kill bacteria, and promote healing. You must make sure you dilute the peroxide.
*mix 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide to 2 parts of warm water
*Swish the mixture around in your mouth for 30 seconds
*Spit out then follow by rinsing again with clean warm water.
The Hydrogen Peroxide may taste unpleasant but a rinse with water or mouthwash may assist in removing the remaining after taste.
4. Peppermint Tea Bag Compress
If your gums are irritated and painful after a dental emergency, you can use a peppermint tea bag as a warm or cold compress. This is a tried and recommended remedy for toothaches after you have had work done by your dentist.
*Soak the bag in warm water
*Apply it to the affected area for 5-10 minutes
*Be extremely careful not to burn yourself.
*Place the peppermint tea bag into a glass of water
*Place it in a fridge for at least 30 minutes
*Squeeze the excess liquid out of the bag
*Hold it on to the affected tooth for 15 minutes at a time
Peppermint also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to bring relief to painful gums and teeth.
Garlic is a natural antibacterial agent that also reduces pain. You can make a simple paste to rub onto the affected area.
*Take a clove of garlic and mash it up in a bowl
*Apply the paste to the affected area
*Leave it on the affected area for 10-15 minutes
*Rinse with mouthwash to reduce the garlic taste and breath.
As garlic can leave a strong aftertaste, simply rinse with water and mouthwash to reduce the taste and smell.
6. Cold Ice Pack Compress
The aim to applying something cold to your toothache is to reduce the inflammation and numbness to the area that you are in pain. This process should reduce your pain you are feeling dramatically. To effectively use an icepack, you should:
*Remove the ice pack from the freezer
*Wrap the icepack in a cloth or paper towel (never apply directly onto the skin)
*Apply to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time
*Repeat this process throughput the day for 24-48 hours.
It’s always good to keep a cold compress ready to use in your freezer for an emergency such as tooth pain or additional dental injuries.
7. Clove Oil
Clove oil can be an effective and powerful toothache plant-based remedy. It can reduce the pain and inflammation thanks to the natural ingredient.
*Dilute the clove oil with a carrier oil such as avocado, olive or jojoba oil
*Use 15 drops of the clove oil to 3 mls of the carrier oil of your choice
*Apply to the affected area throughout the day when you can.
8. Vanilla Extract
Vanilla has antioxidants That are able to ease the pain associated with a toothache, but, most vanilla extracts contain alcohol. The alcohol can be used to numb any pain that you experience. You only need to apply a few drops to the area.
9. Thyme Oil
Thyme is an essential oil that contains thymol. Thymol has antiseptic and antifungal properties.
There are two ways that thyme oil can be used:
1. Add 1 drop of thyme oil to a glass of water to create an oral rinse that you can use throughput the day.
2. Soak a cotton ball in the thyme oil mix and apply this to the affected tooth that is aching for 15 minutes at a time.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has antibacterial qualities that can assist in destroying germs that can lead to tooth decay. If there is a Aloe Vera plant accessible in your home you can use the gel to massage onto the affected tooth and gums using a cotton swab for treatment of toothaches.
11. Guava Leaves
Guava plant leaves from a plant have potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. There is a theory that some people claim that using the leaves heals wounds faster. If you can get some fresh guava leaves, there are two ways that they can be used to ease a toothache.
1. Chew the leaves on the side that your toothache exists
2. Crush the leaves, add them to warm water and make an oral rinse that you can use throughout the day.
12. Wheatgrass Mouthwash.
Many people add wheatgrass to juices or smoothies every day, so you may already have access to some at home. Wheatgrass is said to decrease inflammation, fight bacteria and boost immunity. You can use wheatgrass to create an oral mouthwash if you have a toothache.
Integrity Dental is one of the most affordable dentists in Sydney and have dentists on hand to assist should you need advice or make an appointment to see you should the pain in your tooth not heal by using these home remedies.