What to Do When You Have Tooth Pain?

What to Do When You Have Tooth Pain?

Posted by Dr. Kevlyn on Feb 17 2021, 09:42 AM

Everyone must have faced tooth pain many times in their lives. However, most people look out for remedies that can ease our pain in no time. So, here's a list of home remedies that help when you cannot rush to the dentist immediately.

Things to do when a toothache occurs at night

  • Use over-the-counter pain medication:You can opt for pain-relieving medicines for minor pains, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. To avoid oral medication, you can also apply numbing pastes or gels that help relieve the pain.
  • Keep your head elevated: When the blood pools in your head, it intensifies the toothache pain and possibly keeps you awake. Therefore, keep a fluffy, comfortable pillow underneath your head to elevate it.
  • Rinse your teeth with mouthwash: A mouthwash that contains alcohol can help both disinfect and numb your teeth.
  • Use an ice pack before bed: It reduces swelling and inflammation.

Natural remedies for toothaches

  • Saltwater rinse

Many people use salt water as a mouthwash. It is a natural disinfectant, reduces inflammation, and loosens any debris hidden in between the teeth. It is easy to use; just mix a half teaspoon of salt in a warm water glass. 

  • Hydrogen peroxide rinse

A hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to relieve pain and inflammation. However, when you use this remedy, make sure you properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide. Mix only 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and use it as a mouthwash.

  • Garlic

Generations have used garlic as a pain reliever. All you need to do is either crush a clove of garlic and place it on the affected tooth or simply chew a clove of fresh garlic. 

  • Clove

Clove has been used to treat toothaches for ages because the oil that it contains can effectively numb the pain and reduce inflammation. You can use the clove oil as an ointment and apply it directly to the affected area or use it as a mouthwash by adding a drop of clove oil to a small glass of water. 

These home remedies would provide relief for some time. However, they are not a permanent solution to the issue. It is important to know the reason behind the toothache, so if the pain persists for more than a day or two, visit the dentist as soon as possible. 

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