Are you in pain because of an annoying toothache?

A toothache can have several causes, including cavities, a cracked tooth, infection or even a dental abscess. Dental pain can be very intense and may make it impossible to eat and sleep. Any toothache needs to be treated by a dentist to address the underlying cause, or your condition could worsen and you may develop complications. However, it’s not always possible to see a dentist as soon as the dreaded toothache takes hold. While you wait, there are several natural remedies you can try to ease your discomfort and get some relief.

Clove Oil

Clove oil has long been used as a traditional remedy for a toothache. It contains a compound called eugenol, which acts as a natural local anesthetic. Historically, a whole clove was often inserted into the aching tooth to relieve pain. Fortunately, there’s no need to go to such extremes. Instead of pouring clove oil onto the area, put a few drops on some cotton oil and place it against the painful tooth. If you don’t have oil handy, rubbing a little powdered clove onto the affected area may also provide some relief.

Saltwater

Swishing saltwater around the sore area can help to relieve a toothache in a pinch. It works by drawing out fluid from inflamed tissues to reduce swelling and has anti-bacterial properties, making it a good choice for dental pain caused by an infection. Try dissolving a couple of teaspoons of salt in a cup of boiling water and allow it to cool. Swish it around and between the teeth in the affected area, keeping it in your mouth as long as you can bear- at least 30 seconds is necessary for it to work effectively.

Ice

Applying an ice pack to your painful tooth can help to ease inflammation and reduce discomfort. You could apply an ice cube wrapped in fabric directly to your tooth, although many people find this painful. If it’s uncomfortable, you can also apply an ice pack to the cheek over the painful tooth for around 15 minutes until the discomfort improves.

Peppermint Teabags

Peppermint teabags have a temporary numbing effect that may help to relieve the pain of a toothache. Pour boiling water over the teabag, and then remove from the water and allow it to cool. This can then be applied directly to the painful area. Many people find that cooling the wet teabag in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before use can enhance the painkilling effect.

Garlic

Garlic is known for its medicinal properties. It can kill bacteria that cause dental plaque and can act as a pain reliever. You can chew the garlic in whole or crush it, mix with a touch of salt and apply to the area in pain.

The Bottom Line

All of these natural methods for treating a toothache are only temporary measures. However, they can be a real godsend while you’re waiting for an appointment with your dentist. Remember never to chew ice cubes to relieve your discomfort, as this can cause or worsen a crack in your tooth. To prevent a toothache occurring in the first place, remember to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss between your teeth. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks and attending regular dental check-ups can prevent dental problems and catch any issues before they cause you pain.

A Visit To The Dentist

As you try to relieve your pain it is important to contact your dentist. If you are looking for a dentist and are in the tri-state area contact Maiden Lane Dental, located in the financial district of Manhattan in NYC. Our office staff is friendly and courteous. Our goal is to provide every patient with a relaxing and comfortable environment.