Are you dealing with a toothache? Here are 4 Home remedies for toothaches. According to a national survey from the American Dental Association, more and more people are choosing to avoid going to the dentist. They usually cite reasons such as fear of the dentist, regular brushing and flossing at home, or the belief that a visit to the dentist is really an elective procedure. However, one thing that still has patients dialing up the dentist faster than the speed of light is the thing that everyone truly dreads: a toothache.
Toothaches are far more common than most people realize, and most people have had a minor toothache at least once in their lifetime. A toothache is, by definition, pain in the teeth or surrounding structures. This means that grinding your teeth can lead to a toothache, for example. That type of toothache may fade on its own while patients stew over whether or not to call the dentist.
When we talk about the kind of toothache that sends patients running for the emergency line, however, we mean the kind caused by untreated cavities, dental abscesses, gum disease, cracked teeth, or even sensitivity in the roots of the teeth. These types of aches are more persistent and tend to be more severe, creating massive, nearly intolerable pain and anxiety in a patient. When we hear from a patient that they are in this sort of pain, we try to see them the very first time we can. However, there are some instances in which a patient may have to wait on transportation or other factors to get to our offices.
In those cases, you may want to try these home remedies for toothaches to tide you over until your appointment.
Top 4 Home Remedies For Toothaches
- Applying Orange-Flavored Baby Aspirin
You can place this medication directly around the painful tooth or even in a decayed area. As the aspirin dissolves, it will naturally help relieve the pain.
- Holding Ground Cloves in Your Mouth
If you place a small amount of ground cloves right next to the painful part of your mouth and hold them there, you may manage to temporarily reduce the pain. This is because cloves contain a natural anesthetic called eugenol, which is also an anti-inflammatory agent. In some cases, cloves may reduce swelling in the painful area as well, although they do not represent a permanent solution.
- Try a “Spot” of Tea
If cloves and baby aspirin are not really your cup of tea, then maybe a cup (or a bag) of Lipton Tea will be. The tannins in this type of tea can reduce swelling in the affected area when the tea bag is applied directly to it. When the swelling goes down, your pain may subside as well.
- Rinse with Salt Water
Some patients report that rinsing their mouths with warm saltwater helps relieve toothache pain. The salt helps reduce swelling while killing bacteria that may be causing the inflammation. However, this will not represent a permanent solution if you are dealing with an abscess or cavity because the issue will not heal on its own. You still need to go to the dentist to make sure the problem is resolved permanently.
Do you have a toothache? Even home remedies for toothaches have their limits. Don’t spend one more day or night in pain! Call Dr. Pat Crawford in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and let us know what is going on. We can help you resolve the issue permanently and quickly, and we are open for business.