Toothache is one of the most terrible types of pain. Most sufferers seek immediate relief, because they find it hard to bear it until they get to a dentist. The pain killers, which we are going to focus on here, will provide temporary relief, but they will not deal with the problem itself.
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Why does it occur?
The most common causes are dental cracks, cavities, bacterial infection, abscess, and traumas. When a cavity goes deep and reaches the pulp, which has nerve endings, it becomes inflamed, and the tooth begins to ache severely. In this situation, some home remedies can help.
Home emergency assistance
- You can numb your tooth using ice. Pour some water in a small container, put it in the fridge and let it freeze. Then take it out, wrap it in a package or thin piece of cloth, put it to the cheek where the affected tooth is located. Hold it for about 15 minutes.
- Salt has antibacterial and pain-killing properties. Dissolve a teaspoonful of salt in a glass of hot water and rinse the affected area. Do not spit it out immediately. Swish it around for 20-30 seconds. This kind of rinsing will free your mouth from debris and reduce inflammation.
- Peppermint has some pain-killing properties. Grind a couple of dried peppermint leaves and dissolve them in a glass of hot water. Brew it for about 20 minutes. Peppermint tea is also a great option.
- Ginger – cayenne paste: both ingredients are rich in bactericides, natural anesthetics, and anti-inflammatory agents. Saturate a cotton ball in the mix and put it on the bad tooth. Avoid contact with the tongue and gums.
- Clove contains eugenol – a naturally occurring substance famous for its exceptional anesthetic properties. You can use clove oil, apply a pinch of powdered clove, or chew a whole one. Do not use clove oil directly on flesh adjacent to the aching tooth, because it may cause more severe irritation. It is better to soak a piece of cloth in it, place it near the tooth, and wait until the pain subsides.
- Garlic boasts numerous medicinal properties. It contains allicin – a chemical, which has a pain-killing and anti-inflammatory effect. Also, it contains a number of substances that kill many unhealthy bacteria. You can make a good pain-killing mix using garlic powder or a crushed clove and a pinch of salt. Apply the mix directly to the aching tooth.
- Asafetida (dried root latex of Ferula) contains a handful of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pain-killing agents, as well as minerals and vitamins. You can put it on the tooth and hold for about 15 minutes. Also, you can mix it with fruit juice (lemon juice is the most advisable option), or dissolve a tablespoonful in a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it.
- A portion of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution can help if you have a bad infection-related toothache. Please, do not swallow it! Rinse your mouth thoroughly and spit it out.
See your dentist!
Any pain or discomfort occurring in teeth is a sign of a problem, which will definitely get worse without due treatment. No matter how quick the ingredients described above kill the pain, they only give you a day off and do not solve the issue itself. Please, don’t let the euphoria of having beaten the toothache carry you away. Contact your dental care provider and arrange for a visit.
5 Weird Reasons Your Teeth Hurt – Abcnews.go.com
Toothaches of Non-dental Origin – The American Academy of Orofacial Pain