Three home remedies for toothaches
Work has been stressful, traffic bad, and you were looking forward to the weekend, but you developed a terrible toothache.
A toothache can completely derail you plans.
Toothaches can be a sign of several issues. Cavities, a cracked tooth or a loose filling are a few of the causes. These three home remedies can provide needed relief until you can see a dentist.
Salt water rinse
Salt water naturally brings down inflammation to provide temporary pain relief. Add four to five teaspoons of salt to one cup of water, swish around your mouth for a minute before spitting it out. Although the results are temporary, a salt water rinse can be done many times.
Clove oil is a natural pain reliever due to its high concentration of eugenol, an anesthetic and antibacterial agent. Eugenol reduces inflammation and has effective analgesic qualities, according to a study published in the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dip a cotton ball in clove oil and gently apply to the affected tooth and gum.
Ice pack or cold compress
Ice can temporarily relieve pain and swelling. Freeze an ice pack and place it on the affected side of the mouth for up to 30 minutes to reduce swelling and numb your mouth.
When to see an emergency dentist
It can be difficult to determine when an emergency dentist visit is needed. If the pain persists, or is unbearable or reoccurs, then research whether your dentist has an emergency line and try to schedule an appointment. Other times to see an emergency dentist may include, but not limited to, symptoms such as bleeding, swelling, pus, redness, foul smell, sensitivity to temperature or if you feel ill.
Unfortunately, home remedies only provide temporary relief and should not be used as a substitute for proper dental care. Toothaches are a symptom of a larger problem that needs to be addressed.
If you are looking for a general dentist in Scripps Ranch, or need an emergency dental visit, call (858) 271-1010 now and we’ll get back to you in less than half an hour.
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