The second that we have a toothache, we often believe that there is one unfortunate culprit: cavities. However, cavities aren’t the only cause of toothaches. This means that there are often many remedies that could work to relieve the pain emanating from your teeth. Here are three ideas that you can try at home to provide temporary relief while you work with your dentist to determine the underlying problem.
1- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water actually achieves many goals. First, it reduces potential swelling around your mouth by drawing out excess fluids. It also eases pain and cleans areas that might be problematic.
2- Use Oil of Cloves
Oil of Cloves, also known as eugenol, is an essential oil that can help relieve pain. Simply pour the oil onto a cotton swab and wipe it around the affected area for best results.
3- Apply ice
The application of ice to the problem spot can be effective in temporarily reducing inflammation. Ice reduces swelling in our superficial nerves, which results in a mild numbing effect for a short period of time.
In the end, a toothache could be the result of a larger problem. If a toothache persists over time, it’s important to visit a dentist to determine the root cause of the problem. We can prescribe pain medications to provide relief while we assess the situation and craft a solution to permanent reduce the pain.
If you have any questions about your dental health or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.