Having a toothache during a time you cannot get in to see your dentist for treatment can be a painful and uncomfortable experience, as toothache pain can radiate through your head and neck. When you experience a toothache, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible, then in the meantime use some of these at-home treatments to help you deal with and alleviate the pain.
One of the first methods you can try to help with your toothache pain is by taking medications that you can get at most grocery and drug stores without a prescription. This includes ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. Be sure to only take the recommended dosages and take them with food, when recommended.
Keep on top of your dosage timing and take a next dosage immediately after the medication's recommended interval to avoid having the full pain return with your toothache. Often, when you miss taking your next pain reliever dosage, it can be difficult to reduce the pain once it has returned to your toothache site.
Use Natural Pain Relievers
Instead of or in addition to taking over-the-counter pain medication, you can use items you have in your kitchen to help with your tooth pain.
Using the oil from cloves can numb a sore tooth in your mouth, as eugenol found in cloves contains natural anesthetic and numbing properties. If you don't have clove oil, you can crush a couple cloves with a mortar and pestle or the back of a spoon. Then, mix the powder with a bit of olive or vegetable oil and dab it onto the affected area with your finger or a cotton swab. Next, try soaking a cotton ball with several drops of clove oil and placing it onto the painful area of your gum or the tooth, repeating as necessary.
Salt water is a helpful remedy to help relieve tooth pain and also clean the area around the affected tooth. Often food and other debris around the tooth can increase the pain coming from the tooth infection, so rinsing it can help ease the pain, fight off bacteria, and help inflammation.
Mix one-half teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water until the salt has dissolved. Use the salt water mixture to rinse around inside your mouth for 30 seconds, especially the area of your toothache. spit out the salt water when you are finished swishing.
Use these tips to help you relieve toothache pain until you can get in to see your dentist.