When a toothache strikes at the most unexpected times, there are many ways you can actually remedy the pain at home. Should a toothache last more then 2 days however, you should definitely see your dentist to make sure the pain does not lead to further and more damaging problems with your teeth. In the meantime, read more on the top 5 ways to treat a toothache at home
1. Cold compress or ice pack
Applying a cold compress restricts blood flow to an inflamed area which can ease pain if the toothache is in fact caused by inflammation. You may hold the ice pack or even a frozen bag of peas (or any fruit or veggie available from your freezer) against the outside of the cheek for a few minutes at a time.
2. Saltwater mouthwash
You can combine a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and swish it around for about 30 seconds and then spit it out. You can repeat this numerous times during the day. Swishing with saltwater can loosen debris that may be stuck in cavities or between teeth as well as reduce swelling, boost healing and relieve a sore throat.
3. Over the counter painkillers
When necessary, over the counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can provide temporary pain relief. *Make sure you check inserts on all painkillers when you are dealing with children under the age of 12.
Garlic contians a powerful antibiotic compound called allicin. You can crush a clove of garlic, add a little salt and apply the mixture to the effected tooth. Make sure you don’t swallow as you may be left with unpleasant garlic breath!
5. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea contains menthol, which gives peppermint it’s flavour and is also known as an antibacterial. You may steep a teaspoon of dried peppermint in a cup of warm water for 20 minutes and swish the tea around your mouth. Swallowing this mixture won’t give you bad breath but will have the opposite effect, minty fresh breath! You may also place a wet teabag against the tooth for several minutes as the pain decreases.
Most importantly, if pain in a tooth persists for more then 2 days please give our wonderful staff at Strathcona Dental Works in South West Calgary, Alberta a phone call! Our talented staff will be happy to assist you in case you do need to make a trip down to our dental office.