A toothache can be painful, and in many ways crippling. When you have such an excruciating pain in your mouth, the motivation to do many things is lost. It hurts to eat, talk, and smile, shutting you down from everything.
You can always go to the dentist and get medication for the problem, but first, try out some home remedies for a toothache that have been proven helpful. Some of these are simple; others may surprise you how effective they really are.
Home Remedies for a Toothache
There is one home remedy that suggests placing an aspirin against the aching tooth, and letting it sit until it dissolves. It claims that letting it rest against your tooth will help relieve the pain you have been feeling. Placing this aspirin against the tooth will cause much more damage than help.
If you are going to use aspirin to relieve your toothache, swallow it immediately. Do not place it against your teeth. By ingesting the medicine you will have the benefits, and get some relief from the ache. Aspirin is very acidic. The acid can cause the breakdown of the enamel, causing cavities to form. To avoid damage to your teeth and gums, just swallow the aspirin right away.
An ice pack can be just the thing to sooth your aching tooth. If there is any swelling, it will lessen it faster than almost any other home remedy. For the worst toothaches, it may be best to accompany it with another solution to get the best results.
Take an ice pack and cover it with a cloth or towel. Hold it directly over your cheek where the ache is the worst. This will hopefully numb the pain as much as possible. If this brings you no relief, try using a hot compress to relieve the pain. Make sure it isn’t too hot, and still keep a cloth as an extra layer of protection.
Liquid Rinses for a Toothache
There are many different liquid rinses that can be created to relieve your toothache. Here are a few of the best. For each of these, don’t swallow the solution. Simply gargle for as long as possible, and then spit it out. Repeat as often as you can until the pain is gone. Accompany these methods with aspirin or ice packs.
- Salt water – mix salt in a glass of warm water. The grains of salt will feel good against your aching tooth. Keep the solution in your mouth as long as possible before spitting it out.
- Hydrogen peroxide – you do not need to dilute this with anything before gargling, unless the taste is too much for you to bear. In that case, you can mix it with a little water.
- Tea tree oil – this solution is good for many different problems. You can gargle this mixed with a warm glass of water, or place a couple of drops on a cotton swab and rub around the problem.
- Apple cider vinegar – vinegar is the solution to many household problems. It is an ideal solution for cleaning, and other tasks around the house. If you can stand the taste, it can be beneficial to a toothache. Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and hold it against the tooth. This can have some of the same problems as the aspirin when it comes to acidity. Don’t allow it to sit long enough that it will cause damage.
- Tea – this can help numb the pain. Drink a hot cup of tea, swishing it around the painful spots as you drink.
These home remedies for a toothache will help you feel better quickly. If they don’t work, you may need to visit a professional to get the relief you need.
Home remedies can be the best starting place when trying to cure a toothache. If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for help. The problem may be deeper than you realize.
By Cassie Costner. Cassie Costner writes for www.stevensonpediatricdentistry.com about the many dental problems that can occur during childhood. Cassie has learned several home remedies for various ailments and enjoys sharing them through blogs.
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