Toothache can be extremely frustrating and painful. It can also stop you from wanting to eat or drink and in severe cases, even talk. If you are experiencing tooth pain, you should visit your dentist to find out the cause, but in the meantime, there are ways to control tooth pain at home.
Cloves are a natural remedy for numbing nerves, therefore it can help with tooth pain. Clove oil can be bought at many general convenience stores or online. The main compound found in this spice is eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic and was used before the anesthetic we know today was invented. Clove oil should be used carefully as too much could cause further pain. Put two drops on a cotton wool ball and hold against the affected tooth.
Salt water is used to kill bacteria, therefore if you have toothache due to an infection, this can soothe the pain and help to get rid of some of the debris and reduce swelling. Although it may not taste nice, it can reduce the pain on your tooth and relieves sore throats too. A teaspoon of salt is enough, mixed in a cup of boiling water to ensure the water is sterile. Swish around the mouth like normal mouthwash for around 30 seconds. You can use this as often as needed. This cleans the area and may remove some of the fluid that is causing the swelling, therefore reducing the pain.
If you are in pain, pain killers are the best way to numb the pain. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are the best for stopping pain and swelling. Check the packets, as these can both be used in conjunction with each other but do have time restraints. Paracetamol shouldn’t be used on a long-term basis and therefore you should only use this until you make a dental appointment. Ibuprofen reduces swelling which may stop the toothache from feeling as painful. You can get both painkillers from any drug or convenient store.
Tooth pain can be a sign of many diseases and infections in the mouth and although toothache can be treated at home, this is only a temporary solution. To stop toothache, you must get to the cause of it. If you are experiencing toothache, contact us today to schedule an appointment with the best dentist in New York City.