Toothache is something that all of us are likely to experience at some point in our lives. It’s unpleasant, it’s disrupting – and it really hurts. However, if you’re not able to get to a dentist straight away to find out what’s causing your toothache, there are some home remedies that you can use to help manage the pain until you can get some professional help.
- Continue your oral routine. But do it very gently. If you have toothache then you can brush, floss and rinse as normal but just make sure that you use minimum pressure and a light touch.
- Rinse your mouth out with warm, salty water. If you have a problem with your gums then salty water will help to soothe the pain of inflammation or infection. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and then gargle for five seconds before spitting the water out.
- Try clove oil. Cloves have great antiseptic properties and can be useful to help reduce the pain that you might be experiencing as a result of cavities. You’ll need some cotton wool, which you can soak in the clove oil and then apply to the problem tooth.
- Take some painkillers. As a temporary solution, over the counter painkillers can offer considerable relief from toothache. Ibuprofen and paracetamol are a good choice but make sure you read the directions about how to take them and don’t consume too many in a short period, no matter how much pain you’re in.
- Try an ice pack. Although you won’t be able to identify the exact cause of the toothache until you get to a dentist, if the pain is very strong on one side of your mouth, and your gum are hurting, then an ice pack may help. Wrap the ice pack in something soft to protect your skin and then hold it against the side of your face that hurts.
- Avoid hot and cold foods. It’s not a remedy as such but you’ll reduce the amount of pain that you feel if you avoid very hot or very cold food and drink when you have toothache. When there’s an issue with teeth they can become incredibly sensitive and you might significantly increase the pain you’re feeling if you have ice cream or tea, for example.
- Sleep propped up on pillows. Sometimes, elevating your head while you sleep can reduce the pain as the blood flow isn’t putting pressure on the areas that hurt.
These solutions to toothache or only temporary – as soon as you can, make an appointment with your dentist to find out what’s causing your discomfort.