Relieving a Toothache Before Your Appointment

Toothaches can affect every mouth, regardless of your level of dental hygiene. They may be caused by decayed enamel, sinus infections, migraines, abscesses, gum infections or other problems. Depending on the severity of the toothache, it is important to schedule a dental appointment to address your pain. Discuss the severity of the pain with your dentist when making the appointment to determine how quickly you need to be seen. In the meantime, there are several methods of relieving the pain at home, according to a recent article in WorlDental’s Dental Health Magazine.

Tried and True Pain Relief

There are a number of pain relief methods that have been proven to work for many patients over the years. Different patients and problems may respond differently to each method, so finding the best method for your own pain relief is crucial. Regardless of the effectiveness of these methods, scheduling an appointment with your dentist to address any underlying health issues contributing to the pain is crucial for your long term oral health. Some of these methods may include:

Brushing your teeth. One of the simplest remedies, a thorough brushing may eliminate bacteria that could be adding to the pain of your condition. Flossing properly may help remove this bacteria as well, decreasing the overall pain that may be caused by a cavity or infection.

Making vegetable fillings. This distinctive home treatment is effective against relieving pain caused by cavities. To create the filling, finely cut a small amount of either onion or garlic and press it into the affected area of the tooth. Leave the filling on the tooth for about an hour, and this should help minimize the pain. This unusual treatment is effective as a result of the antibacterial and antioxidant properties of these two vegetables, which have long been used worldwide for this purpose.

Using over-the-counter numbing gel. For short-term relief of painful areas of the mouth, numbing gel or oil may be applied. When purchasing this product, it is crucial to choose a numbing option that is designed for oral use, rather than any of the topical options that are designed for external skin application only. These numbing gels are often highly effective, but provide only short-term relief of the mouth pain. Proper care must be taken to make sure that the gel is not accidentally applied elsewhere on the body, as numbness will ensue.

Make a saltwater gargle. One of the classic treatments for mouth pain, saltwater gargles have been used to treat these pains for hundreds of years. To create the gargle, mix 6-8 tablespoons of salt into a cup of water and stir until dissolved. Gargle this back and forth in your mouth, being careful not to swallow the water. For some, using warm water may make this process easier. Baking soda may also be used for this purpose instead of salt.

Use tea tree oil or clove oil. Essential oils such as tea tree oil and clove oil also help relieve mouth pain, though their application process is different. A few drops of tea tree oil may be applied directly to the area, where their antibacterial properties may help treat the pain. Clove oil should be evenly diluted with water, and then applied to the area with a cotton ball or swab. Holding the diluted clove oil against the area for five minutes results in the best overall pain relief.

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