Nothing puts a damper on a day like a toothache. It may not be a life-threatening conditioning, but suffering from toothache can be incapacitating. After all, who can work or study with a throbbing tooth? How can you attend to your usual things to do such as eating, sleeping, and speaking, when sharp pains hinder you?
Toothaches vary from mild soreness to an unbearable throbbing in your teeth. This usually happens when you have an infection, an exposed tooth root, cavities, a loose filling, gum disease, or jaw joint disorder. Fortunately, our dentists at Harley Street Dental Clinic are dedicated to your wellbeing. We take a look at some ways to temporarily relieve the ache—until you can get to our office, at least:
Here are some of them:
Mix Salt and Water
Salt helps reduce inflammation in the gums, which can then relieve toothaches. Salt also helps to stop the spread of bacteria in your mouth.
You simply need to mix a teaspoon of table salt with a cup of warm water. Swish the mixture in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and then spit it out. Repeat this as often as you need throughout the day. Please note that it is important to check with your physician before doing this remedy if you have a heart problem.
Pop a Painkiller
Over-the-counter pain medications can be another effective source of relief for your toothache. Ibuprofen and aspirin, in particular, can help reduce the pain and inflammation. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, relieves pain by blocking messages in the brain instead of reducing the inflammation.
Use Clove Oil
This one may be odd, but using clove oil is an age-old remedy for toothaches. Clove oil has antibacterial properties, and surprisingly also acts as a mild local anaesthetic.
You simply need to mix 2 to 3 drops of clove oil with a quarter of a teaspoon of olive oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil mixture, place it near the affected tooth, and bite down to keep the cotton in place.
Remember, these home remedies only relieve pain temporarily. Always see to it that you make an appointment with us, because we need to do a diagnosis of your toothache and find out the cause. Chances are, you have a problem that requires treatment. If you do not find out what is causing the ache as soon as possible, it could only get worse.