Toothaches are never fun. Severe cases may be accompanied by swelling, headache, and jaw pain. The cause of the ache, whether it’s throbbing, persistent, or intermittent, must be identified and addressed.
Some believe removing the tooth is the best option. However, this is not always the case. And even if it is, your dentist may not be able to perform the extraction right away.
If you experience a toothache when you can’t get in to see a dentist, these home remedies are worth trying to relieve the pain. However, you should ask your dentist if these tips are suitable for you.
- Rinse with warm salt water. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Mix half a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water. This may help ease any discomfort you’re feeling.
- Apply a cold compress to your cheek. When toothaches cause swelling of the face, it can indicate the presence of an abscess. Applying a cold compress will reduce the swelling. You should see your dentist as soon as possible because a delay in treatment may cause a mouth infection.
- Swish with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Like the warm salt water, this is only a short-term solution. Your dentist will still need to examine the affected tooth. To use, mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water, swish it in your mouth, and be sure to spit it out. Rinse with water afterward.
- Clean the affected area. Floss the area around the tooth to dislodge any stuck food debris. Brushing gently may also help. But if it’s too painful to brush or floss, simply rinse your mouth with water instead.
- Apply a topical medication. There are over-the-counter products that you can use for temporary relief. Ask your dentist or pharmacist if there is a particular product they recommend that would work for you.
- Take a pain reliever. Your dentist might suggest acetaminophen or, if you have inflammation, ibuprofen. Let your dentist know right away if you’re allergic to either of these medications.
- Avoid hard food. Until you can be seen by your dentist, eat only soft foods to prevent further pain or damage to your tooth.
In a pinch, these home remedies can be used for pain management. But remember, these are only for short-term relief until you can see your dentist. It’s also helpful if you can at least call your dental office to ask which of these home remedies they recommend for temporary relief.
The best preventions for toothaches are to maintain regular appointments with your dentist and practice good oral hygiene habits.
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