There are few things worse than waking up with a horrible toothache. Your first response may be to call and make an emergency appointment with your dentist; however, soon after you hang up the phone, you may be wondering what you can do to relieve some of the discomforts you’re experiencing leading up to your exam.
Keep reading to learn about 5 toothache home remedies that will provide you with some temporary relief until your dentist can determine what the root of your discomfort is at your appointment.
Warm Salt Water Rinse
A salt water rinse is one of the best things you can do for your mouth to help loosen any debris lodged in cavities or between the teeth that may be causing you discomfort. The salt water rinse can reduce swelling, boost healing, and remove any left behind food to provide you with some much-needed relief.
Make your salt water rinse by:
Mix ½ a teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of warm water
Rinse your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out the water and do not swallow
Repeat every 2-3 hours
Rinse With Hydrogen Peroxide
Rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide solution is an effective antibiotic mouthwash, especially if your toothache is a result of an infection inside your mouth. Hydrogen peroxide is incredibly dangerous if ingested and should never be swallowed. This remedy is not recommended for children, and we always advise adults to use extreme caution when attempting this technique.
Make your hydrogen peroxide rinse by:
Mix equal parts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water
Rinse your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out the mixture
Rinse the mouth with plain water several times after
Apply a Cold Compress
Applying an ice pack on your cheek can help to alleviate any swelling you may be experiencing. Always keep a cloth between your skin and an ice pack, and press firmly against the curves of the affected area to reduce swelling. Do not apply ice for longer than 15 to 20 minutes, and never fall asleep with ice on your skin.
A cold compress can help to reduce swelling for the following:
If your face is swollen
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort
If you have chipped or lost a tooth
If one of your teeth has an abscess
Swish With Peppermint Tea
Similar to other cloves, peppermint has numbing properties that can help to soothe an aching tooth. Thanks to menthol working as an antibacterial agent, peppermint tea has a pleasant smell and taste. Other forms of peppermint have a similar healing effect. Try holding a slightly warm, wet tea bag against the tooth for several minutes until your pain decreases. Another effective method is to put a few drops of peppermint oil onto a cotton ball and place it against the tooth to find temporary relief.
Make your peppermint tea by:
Combining 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves with 1 cup of boiling water
Steep the peppermint leaves for 20 minutes and allow the water to cool
Once cooled, swish the tea around in your mouth and either spit or swallow the tea
Try a Natural Approach
Are there natural remedies that may help you find temporary relief. All of these items are available at your local health food store or online. Your mouth, teeth, and gums are likely sensitive at this time, so it is especially important to purchase these ingredients from a reputable manufacturer to reduce your risk of potential irritation.
For a natural approach, try:
Schedule An Emergency Dental Appointment If Your Discomfort Worsens
If your toothache is severe or the result of a more serious medical condition, you should schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist. Many toothaches will require medical attention, and over-the-counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen will only help temporarily.
If you are experiencing tooth pain in the Naperville area, contact Premier Dental Center so we can schedule an emergency appointment for you as soon as possible.