If you have a toothache, you’ve likely scoured the internet looking for home remedies to tide yourself over until you can get in to see the dentist. While these methods may produce short-term alleviation of pain, they don’t treat the underlying cause of the toothache. Toothaches are caused by advanced decay (cavities), tooth fractures, and gum disease. In some cases, there may be a severe bacterial infection (abscess). In some cases, the pain will be chronic, while in others, you may only notice pain when chewing or drinking hot or cold beverages. In this article, we’ll take a look at toothaches and what you can do to get some temporary relief.
If you have a toothache, there are two kinds of pain relievers that you should familiarize yourself with. These are oral analgesics that generally have some kind of benzocaine in them and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen Sodium. Children should take Acetaminophen. Taking anti-inflammatory medications can dull the pain when it’s chronic and take the edge off. You will probably still have sensitivities to hot and cold if you did before, but chronic throbbing can be reduced. The topical oral products that contain benzocaine will temporarily relieve severe pain by numbing the area around it, but you shouldn’t expect it to last very long and you shouldn’t use it every five minutes either. WebMD suggests that you use it no more than four times a day. Children should never use this remedy.
Home Remedies for Tooth Pain
Since your tooth pain is likely caused by a cavity or a loose filling exposing the nerve, the only way to treat it is to fill the cavity, replace the filling, or extract the tooth. It’s the exposed nerve that causes the pain. So home remedies aren’t going to fix that. But they may temporarily relieve some of the pain.
One of the most popular over-the-counter remedies is clove oil. This is usually found in Red Cross Toothache kits. The active component, eugenol, has been used in dentistry for centuries. But like anbesol and other remedies, its effects are temporary. The eugenol in the clove oil numbs the affected area creating temporary relief of pain. Again, you don’t want to overuse clove oil. It can damage the gums and skin inside of your mouth as well as destroy healthy tooth pulp. So if you use it, make sure you don’t use it too often.
What can provide some relief is a saltwater rinse. However, it is not likely to provide as much relief as you probably want.
Talk to a Cottonwood Toothache Dentist Today
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, the only way to permanently reduce the pain is by correcting the problem that’s causing it. That cannot be done from home. For more information on managing your tooth pain, call Peak Family Dental Care today at 928-440-8431 and schedule an appointment today.