When a toothache strikes there are many ways you can actually remedy the pain at home.
Should a toothache last more then 2 days however, definitely see your dentist to make sure the pain does not lead to further and more damaging problems with your teeth.
Top 5 ways to treat a toothache at home
1. Cold compress or ice pack
First, applying a cold compress restricts blood flow to an inflamed area which can ease pain if the toothache is caused by inflammation.
Holding the ice pack or even a frozen bag of peas against the outside of the cheek for a few minutes at a time can reduce inflammation.
2. Saltwater mouthwash
Secondly, combining a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and swishing it around for about 30 seconds can be repeated 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.
To begin with, garlic contains a powerful antibiotic compound called allicin.
Thus you can crush a clove of garlic, add a little salt and apply the mixture to the affected tooth.Make sure you don’t swallow as you may be left with unpleasant garlic breath!
5. Peppermint tea
Lastly, 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.You may also place a wet tea bag against the tooth for several minutes as the pain decreases.
In conclusion if pain in a tooth persists for more then 2 days please give our wonderful staff at Strathcona Dental Works a call! Our talented staff will be happy to assist you in case you do need to make a trip down to our dental office.