Is there anything more aggravating than a toothache? Whether it’s a dull ache or an excruciating, throbbing nightmare, when a toothache occurs, one tends to seek quick relief. Of course, one should seek out a dental physician as soon as possible. Toothaches, being inconsiderate beasts, seem to occur at the most inconvenient times, when no dental physician can be found.
So, what does one do until professional help arrives? There are a number of effective home remedies. None are meant for the long haul, rather, they are a temporary fix until an appointment may be made with a dental physician.
The first thing to consider is the obvious. What is the reason for the pain? For instance, is it a minor irritation? A cavity? A lost filling? Perhaps even a broken tooth?
Next, whatever the cause, clean the area. Avoiding infection is very important, if it’s not already too late. An abscess, or dental infection is much harder to deal with than a simple toothache. An infection must be treated with antibiotics, by a medical professional. Ignoring infection can cause severe illness and even death.
Gingerly brush teeth and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. Next, mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water, and swish around the affected area, then spit out the mixture.
If there is a cavity or broken tooth, it is best to apply a temporary filling to cover the exposed area. This is a putty-like material, sold in most pharmacies. Just follow the instructions on the package. In most cases, covering exposed nerves takes care of the problem. If it doesn’t there are a few additional remedies.
To numb the area, apply a dab of vanilla extract or clove oil. Chewing a raw onion will kill bacteria in the mouth, and placing a slice of raw onion on the affected tooth can provide relief from pain. There are also topical numbing agents available in the pharmacy.
Some other remedies to try: Hold an ice cube to the webbing between the your left index and middle fingers. Crush two Benedryl tablets and place the powder directly on the tooth. Soak a cotton ball in whiskey and apply.
If infection is present, the pain will be deeper, and topical remedies may do little, if anything, to bring effective relief. Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen may be effective. Moderate doses of alcoholic beverages may also be an effective pain killer. Holding an ice pack to the jaw may be helpful. Supplements such as olive leaf extract, and garlic are said to provide natural antibiotic qualities over time.
Toothaches are no fun, and the sooner one can see a dental professional, the sooner the problem can be permanently resolved.