When you have a toothache, it is difficult to think about anything other than stopping the pain as soon as you can. While the best course of action is to see your dentist, during the COVID-19 pandemic a dental visit may not always be possible right away. Here are some tips for dealing with a toothache at home.
Rinse With Warm Salt Water
Rinsing with warm salt water helps to clean your mouth and any infections in your teeth and gums. The saltwater rinse helps to reduce inflammation, which can also reduce the pain you feel. Make a simple saltwater rinse by mixing ½ teaspoon of salt into one cup of warm water. Swish it around your mouth concentrating on the area of your toothache and spit.
A cold compress will also help to reduce the swelling and inflammation of a toothache. Grab a cold pack or a bag of frozen peas if you don’t have a pack, wrap it in a cloth and hold it to the side of your face. Don’t use a cold compress longer than 20 minutes at a time. The cold should help with the pain and prevent additional swelling.
Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide can also help clean the site of your tooth infection and help to relieve pain. You should never swallow hydrogen peroxide. To use, make dilute hydrogen peroxide with an equal part of water and swish in your mouth.
Elevate Your Head
Many people find that toothaches more at night. This may be because when we sleep, blood flows towards our heads and can cause additional pain and swelling. Try elevating your head with an extra pillow to help alleviate the pain.
Over The Counter Pain Medication
To help with the pain of a toothache, over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol can help make you more comfortable. Ibuprofen also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, which can also help with pain reduction. Be sure to follow all the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you have any pain from braces or dental appliances, over the counter pain medication can also help reduce your discomfort. If the pain continues, be sure to talk to a dentist or dental hygienist Toronto about Invisalign for teens and adults at Legacy Orthodontic to get their help. Visit our website or book an appointment at their clinic.
Clove Oil is a natural remedy to help deal with dental pain. Clove Oil contains eugenol, which has been proven to reduce pain and reduce inflammation. It also helps to numb the affected area.
You can make a paste from ground cloves and water and apply it to your toothache, place a few drops of clove oil onto a cotton ball and place next to your sore tooth or gently place a whole clove near your sore tooth to help reduce pain.
Peppermint is another natural remedy that can help soothe and numb a painful toothache and reduce your pain. Use peppermint tea bags soaked in water and place them next to your sore tooth. You can also place them in the freezer for an extra cooling sensation.